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Professor Fausto Pinto, ESC President; a varied career in cardiology

Professor Pinto participated in many funded research projects either as principal investigator, co-investigator, national as well as international. His research interests are advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Intracoronary Ultrasound, Echocardiography, Heart failure, Diastology and Hypertension. Professor Pinto has published over 300 papers and has presented over 1300 lectures/chairmanships at ­national and mostly international ­meetings.

The current President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Professor Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FSCAI, FASE stood at the basis of shaping echocardiography as he was the founder (and President) of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002-04), which is a registered branch of the ESC. He was the chairman of the CPC (Congress Program Committee) of the ESC (2008-10), then became Vice President (2010-12) followed by President-Elect of ESC (2012-14) and is currently the President of the European Society of Cardiology until 2016.


His remarkable medical career started to take shape when he graduated from Lisbon University Medical School in 1984 and subsequently continued his medical education by fulfilling his cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN, E.P.E. in Lisbon, Portugal between 1987 and 1989 and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA) between 1990 and 1991. He started there as a Research Fellow and became a Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory in 1991 up until 1993. He was also awarded with an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution. From 1992 to 1993 he held an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship there and went on to complete his PhD at Lisbon University Medical School in Lisbon in Portugal. Up until today, Professor Pinto keeps his educational levels up to scratch, having completed the Good Clinical Practice, EU GCP Directives (2001/20 & 2005/28) Whitehall Training in 2014.

Honors and awards

Professor Pinto has acquired a magnitude of honors and awards over the years, amongst which are a Honorary Diploma by the Russian Society of Cardiology (Moscow, 2015), Doctor Honoris Causa of the Semmelweis University in Budapest (Hungary, 2015), Lettura Magistrale at the ANMCO Congress: “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”, Milan (Italy, 2015), the Medal of Honor of the Bulgarian Society of Cardiology (2014) and the Medal of Honor of the Cuban Society of Cardiology (2014). He is honorary member of more than 20 scientific societies and Academies.

Current activities

His current activities are many; he is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Head of the Cardiology Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN, E.P.E., Full Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Lisbon University Medical School, Chair of the Cardiology Clinic at Lisbon University Medical School and Scientific Coordinator of the Cardiovascular Centre of the University of Lisbon (CCUL), President of the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM), Director of the Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) and he performs postgraduate supervision (MSc, PhD, Postdocs) at Lisbon University Medical School, Imperial College London, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública / National School of Public Health (among others). Besides, Professor Pinto is involved in many cardiological and echocardiographic societies, being a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American Society of Angiology (FASA), the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). He is also Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology (1999-2015), member of the Editorial of Board of several international peer-reviewed journals and is an Expert Reviewer for the European ­Commission.