Prof. Francisco Jose Franquera de Castro Sousa is a general surgeon from Coimbra, Portugal. He was born in Coimbra and attended medical school at the University of Coimbra. He began his general surgery training there before accepting a visiting fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, followed by additional training at the University of Paris, France, with Henri Bismuth, MD, FACS(Hon), receiving his specialty certification in 1980.
Since 1988, Professor Castro Sousa has been chief of service at Coimbra University Hospital and shortly thereafter was promoted to professor of surgery. From the start, he has been dedicated to better patient care and began serving as a member of the commission faculty and the council of the medical school. He has been vice-president and president of the Scientific Board, president of the Directive Board, and dean of the University of Coimbra Medical School.
Professor Castro Sousa was named an honorary professor of surgery at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and has been a visiting professor in New York; Boston, MA; Rochester, MN; Copenhagen, Denmark; and other cities around the world. He is an honorary member of the French Association of Surgery, the Surgical Rumanian Academy, and the Brazilian College of Digestive Surgery, and was a member of the Portuguese Medical Association. Professor Castro Sousa held many leadership roles with the Portuguese Society of Surgery, such as secretary, vice-president, president of the directory board, and president; he also served as president of both the Laparoscopic Chapter and the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Chapter. He has been extremely active in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) since becoming a Fellow in 1995 and is President of the ACS Portuguese Chapter and the Governor for Portugal.
With more than 800 scientific articles and five surgical books published, he is dedicated to improving surgical research and finding new approaches in general surgery, laparoscopy, and robotics. He is equally dedicated to hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and founded the Coimbra Liver Transplantation Programme. He is known worldwide as a surgical leader who is dedicated to improving education and patient care and promotes the highest standards related to ethical behavior. For all these reasons, Professor Castro Sousa is deserving of Honorary Fellowship in College.