Professor José I. G. 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 got 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, Universidade Nova.
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 Professor 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 José Fragata has a broad experience in surgery for all cardiac lesions, both in adults and children. Pediatric 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 well 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.
Professor José Fragata is Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Hospitais Cuf in Lisbon, one of the busiest and leading private practices in town. Within José de Mello Saúde he also holds responsibilities as Risk Management and Clinical Governance advisor.
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 Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS), being at the Council, and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA), on which he served as Secretary General for six years, becoming its President since 2014, till 2018. Also, Professor José Fragata has contributed with over seventy scientific papers, in peer review, and seven books within the fields of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical Error, Patient Safety and Health Care Management.
Professor 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 Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia. From 2019 Prof. José Fragata will be Associate Editor to the World Journal of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.
Professor José Fragata is corresponding Member for the Portuguese Academy of Medicine and was elected member to the NOVA University General Board Council (2014- 2017). His beloved hobby is sailing with the family and friends.
Since September 2017, professor Fragata became Vice-Rector to Nova University with direct responsibility for the NOVAHealth strategic platform. Since December 2018 Prof. José Fragata became President of the Ethical Council for all Nova University.