Adelino Leite-Moreira, MD, PhD, FETCS

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Dr. Adelino Leite-Moreira is Full Professor of Physiology, Pathophysiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), Portugal, as well as the Coordinator of the Cardiovascular R&D Center of the same institution. In addition, he holds positions as Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the affiliated University Hospital São João in Porto, Portugal and as the Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the private Hospital CUF Porto, Portugal. Besides these positions, he also accumulates different management duties at the University.

He graduated as a medical doctor in 1989 at FMUP and trained as a research fellow from 1991 to 1994, at the Department of Physiology of the University of Antwerp in Belgium, where he developed his interest in the field of diastolic function and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. It was in this field that he defended his PhD thesis in 1997.

In 2003 he completed his clinical training as cardiothoracic surgeon at Hospital São João. Since then he has been concentrating his clinical activities in the field of adult cardiac surgery. He has special interest in surgical and technical innovation and holds particular expertise in the fields of reconstructive mitral and aortic valves surgery, aortic and aortic root surgery, as well as in total arterial off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Besides cardiac surgery, diastolic function and heart failure, his research interests also include right ventricular function and pulmonary hypertension. His double appointment in the fields of Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery has been crucial for the translational nature of his research, clearly facilitating the bench-to-bedside and back approach.

Over the years, he authored or coauthored almost 300 full-papers in well-recognized international journals and was granted with approximately ten million euros on competitive calls for research. He was also awarded with several major scientific prizes.

His future endeavors are mainly focused on increasing the level of scientific and technological innovation and excellence in Portugal, with a special emphasis in the promotion of translational and clinical research.