LISBON, JUNE 13, 2019

José Fragata - Portugal
NOVA University Lisbon

José Fragata is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon. He is Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Santa Marta’s Hospital and Cuf’s Hospitals in Lisbon, and is an advisor on risk management and clinical governance at José de Mello Saúde. 

From September 2017, José Fragata became Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon and more recently became President of the Ethical Committee for NOVA University Lisbon.

José Fragata was born in Lisbon in 1953 and did his medical – surgical education in Portugal and in the United Kingdom, where he has followed all steps, from junior to consultantship. He received his MD in 1976, from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and has completed the State Board Exams in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1986. In 1992 he obtained his PhD in Medicine and by 1993, his professor degree in Cardiothoracic Surgery, at the Nova Medical School, of NOVA University Lisbon.

In 1999 he became Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons – ‘FETCS’ and more recently, of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, USA and of the European Society of Cardiology – ‘FESC’.

In 2007 José Fragata was appointed head of the Cardiothoracic Department at Santa Marta’s Hospital in Lisbon, and has, since, become Full Professor of Surgery at NOVA Medical School.

Professor Fragata has a broad experience in surgery for all cardiac lesions, both in adults and children. Paediatric cardiac surgery is his sub-specialization. He has also accumulated relevant experience in thoracic transplantation - cardiac and pulmonary, being the head of our unique national lung transplantation program. During his long surgical career Professor Fragata was directly involved in over 10,000 cases, that he was responsible for operating and managing in Portugal, in the United Kingdom and the Middle East, where he has worked briefly as Chief Surgeon.

He is member of a large number of Scientific Societies: Portuguese Medical Council, National Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Societies, EACTS, ECYCS, AEPC, STS, ESC, AATS, CHSS (Honorary Membership), World Society of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, being at the Council, and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association, on which he served as Secretary General for four years, becoming its President from 2014 till 2018. Also, Professor Fragata has contributed over seventy scientific papers, in peer review, and seven books within the fields of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical Error, Patient Safety and Health Care Management. 

José Fragata belongs to the editorial board and, or, acts as regular reviewer to the following Journals: European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Asian Annals Thoracic Surgery, World Journal of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, for which he is associate editor, and Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia.

José Fragata is corresponding member for the Portuguese Academy of Medicine and has served as Councillor at the General Board Council of NOVA University Lisbon.