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All the president's men

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0411416
  1. Tiago Villanueva, final year medical student1
  1. 1University of Lisbon, Portugal

Eduardo Barroso, a general surgeon by training, specialised in transplant surgery in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in the early '80s. In 1986, he became doctor to the Portuguese president and remains presidential doctor to the current president. He has developed a prolific career in the Portuguese media as a television guest and commentator, newspaper columnist, and author of four books.

Why did you decide to specialise in transplant surgery?

I always wanted to become a liver surgeon, and to treat liver diseases; I also had to know how to do transplants. I think a liver-biliary surgeon must offer a transplant as the only alternative to terminal chronic liver disease. So rather than a transplant surgeon, I consider myself a liver-biliary surgeon who also does transplants.

I went to Cambridge because I knew there was a lack of professionals working in liver surgery at the time in Portugal. Nowadays, my transplant centre is the only one in Portugal which also does renal transplants, and we …

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