Ricardo Baptista Leite, City Councillor of Cascais Municipality, Portugal

Ricardo Baptista

Medical Doctor and Member of the Portuguese Parliament, where he sits on the Health and on the Foreign Affairs Committees. Dr. Baptista Leite is a City Councilor in Cascais, responsible for health strategy, international relations, youth and employment policies. Under the auspices of UNAIDS, Ricardo is Founding President of ‘UNITE –Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis’, a global platform of policy makers.

Ricardo is one of six people to have been acknowledged globally by ‘The Economist’ as a ‘HCV Change Maker’ in recognition of his leadership in the field of hepatitis c.

He is Head of Public Health at Católica University of Portugal, Coordinator of Sustainable Healthcare at NOVA Information Management School and Guest Lecturer at NOVA Medical School.

Prior to being elected MP, Ricardo was a practicing physician during 7 years, including a 5-year Infectious Diseases residency and an internship at the WHO/EURO in Copenhagen.

He completed post-graduate studies in multiple universities including John Hopkins University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Medical School. PhD candidate at Maastricht University.

Dr Baptista Leite is the founder of CREATING HEALTH – Research and Innovation Funding.

Further he is co-author of the book “Citizenship for Health”, among other publications.

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