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- Tiago Villanueva, final year medical student1
- 1University of Lisbon, Portugal
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 …