Cândida Fonseca (Prof.)


Prof. Maria Cândida Fonseca


  • 1977 – Admitted at the Faculté de Medecine Xavier Bichat, Université de Paris VI
  • 1983 – Graduated in Medicine by the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
  • 1986 – General fellowship
  • 1992 – Qualification as Internist after public curricular examination
  • 1994 – Qualification as Cardiologist by the College of Physicians, after National public curricular, theoretical and practical examinations. Classified with “Unanimously and Distinction”
  • 2001 – European Cardiologist by the European Society of Cardiology
  • 2003 – Qualification in Emergency Medicine by the Portuguese College of Physicians
  • 2008 – PhD in Medicine. Thesis on heart failure diagnosis

Current Position

  • Senior Internist and Cardiologist. Head of the Heart Failure Unit, Dep. of Med., S. Francisco Xavier Hospital, Lisboa • Head of Day Hospital, S. Francisco Xavier Hospital, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Professor of Medicine I and Therapeutics, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Clinical Researcher since 1984:

  • Heart Failure: special interest in Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Drug Therapy.
  • Principal Investigator or co-investigator of several National and International Multicenter Trials in the field of Heart Failure and Acute Coronary Syndromes treatment and heart failure epidemiology, and heart failure registries.
  • National Coordinator and Member of the Steering Committee of CORONA, EPICA, EPICA-RAM, ATMOSPHERE studies, ESC Heart Failure long-term Registry, QUALIFY Registry, RELAX-HF EU.
  • Principal Investigator of a National epidemiological Trial in the field of Anemia: the EMPIRE Study
  • Co-investigator of RICOVER and REMEDY International Trials, in the field of oral anticoagulation
  • Natriuretic peptides, Ventricular function, Cardiomyopathies (Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropathy), Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Oral Anticoagulation, Anemia

Active member of:

  • Portuguese Society of Cardiology
  • Member of the Board, European Society of Cardiology, Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine, Anemia Working Group Portugal
  • Author or co-author of more than 100 publications and more than 400 abstracts, mostly in Heart Failure field.