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João Paulo Abranches Teixeira Lopes Farias


  • Born in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 12, 1963.
  • Finished High School in 1981 with the classification 18,35/20.
  • First Certificate in English (June 1979) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (December 1982) of the University of Cambridge.
  • Diplôme des Études Supérieurs de Langue Française of Alliance Française (7 years of french studying), in June 1980.
  • Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisboa, graduating on September 15, 1987 with the classification of 17/20.
  • General Internship in the Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisboa, from January 1988 to July 1989 (including rotations in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, GP and Public Health)
  • Neurosurgery residency from January 1990 to February 1997. During his last year of residency did a fellowship in the Department of Neurovascular Surgery of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), with Dr. Neil A. Martin, head of that Department.
  • Finished neurosurgery residency, after doing the national exam on February 5, 1997, with the final classification of 18,9/20.
  • Staff neurosurgeon from February 1997 until November 2005, when, after doing a national exam, was promoted to consultant neurosurgeon, staying as a staff member at Hospital de Santa Maria, in Lisboa, until January 2017.
  • Fellowship in the Neurosurgery Department of the University Hospital of Ljubljana, Slovenia, headed by Prof. Vinko Dolenc, internationally reknown by his expertise in cavernous sinus surgery, 1n 1999.
  • Staff neurosurgeon in the Hospital CUF Descobertas (a private hospital) in Lisboa since 2001. Appointed Director of the Neurosurgical Unit of Hospital CUF Descobertas in March 2014.
  • Since February 2017 is working full time in Hospital CUF Descobertas.
  • His areas of expertise are vascular and skull base surgery, tumor surgery and orbital surgery.
  • His surgical experience includes more than 5000 cases.
  • Post graduation in “Management of Health Departments” from the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, from 2006 to 2008.

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