Chairman of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities

Degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (1972), obtained his doctorate in 1977 at the Cardiothoracic Institute, University of London in the area of Experimental Pathology (pulmonary hypertension). From 1977 to 1978 he was a researcher in Pathology, Department of Pathology, Medical Center Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Since 1982 Professor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.