Prof. Helena Canhão, ambitious and committed to herself, didn’t want to become a doctor only. She also wanted to increase her knowledge about the human body. Nevertheless, she was a brilliant medical student at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She also gained her PhD and Habilitation in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon. Later she got a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA.
Endless Achievements of Prof. Canhão
Currently, she is serving as the Head of the EpiDoC Research Unit in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, NOVA Medical School, Portugal. Furthermore, She is also an Invited Full Professor at the National School of Public Health, a Full Professor of Medicine at NOVA Medical School, and Head of the Rheumatology Unit, CHULC- Hospital Santo António dos Capucho Lisbon. Prof. Helena Canhão’s achievements are endless. For instance, she is also a board member of the Council of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, President of the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology, and co-leader and Chief Medical Officer for the Patient Innovation Project.
“Initially, didn’t like the medical school“
Today, Prof. Canhão has numerous titles, awards and publications under her name. Back in the times when she was a medical student, she struggled for it. Undoubtedly, all her triumphs today are her dedication and hard work from yesterday. As a fresh medical student, Prof. Canhão anticipated active involvement in the hospital. To her dismay, learning was limited to the premises of classrooms only. Besides, she confesses not liking medical school in the first and second years.
Fierce Dedication & Priceless Victory
The diligent personality of Prof. Canhão is programmed to achieve. Her achievements are a reflection of her fierce dedication to her field and her personal growth. In brief, she summarizes a part of her conquest as;
Investment in Research
She invested quality time and effort in research. In addition, Prof. Helena Canhão has authored and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. She edited numerous books and book chapters in the fields of rheumatology, medicine, innovation and clinical research.
“Being a doctor is not easy”
Being a doctor is not easy. There are times when doctors exhaust themselves on their way to end someone else’s pain. Prof. Helena Canhão also experiences a time when managing family and working together is stressful.
Opportunities Await Ahead!
Prof. Helena Canhão encourages young doctors to recognize their potential in their medical field. The medical field is a vast canvas where everyone has the liberty to choose their direction. Above all, you decide where you want to proceed with your interests and spark.
Key to Success
Despite the burnouts and burdens, Prof. Helena Canhão continues reflecting on her timeless worth in her performance. According to her, studying, teamwork and effective analysis of a critical situation are the only ways to do justice with this high responsibility job.