Prof. Helena Cortez-Pinto

Helena Cortez-Pinto (MD, PhD) graduated from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon, in 1981. Between 1985 and 1990, she did her internship in Gastroenterology in the University Hospital of Santa Maria.

In 1998, she did a research fellowship during 6 months, on Anna Mae Diehl Lab, in Johns Hopkins University, investigating in the area of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In 2000, she presented her PhD entitled “Steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Clinical aspects and pathogenic mechanisms”.

She is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, since 2008. Her activity includes teaching medical students, coordination of a master degree in Clinical Nutrition, and of a discipline of Dietetics and Nutrition. She is also responsible for the coordination of a section of the Gastroenterology Department of the University Hospital of Santa Maria.

Helena Cortez-Pinto, MD, PhD
Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital of Santa Maria
Laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
Av. Prof. Egas Moniz, 1649-035 - Lisbon - Portugal


Professor Helena Cortez-Pinto is presently the President of the Portuguese Association for the Study of the Liver (June 2013-June 2015). She was a member of the Scientific Committee of the United Gastroenterological Federation (UEG), as EASL representative (2009-2013). She is Associate Editor of Liver International (2006-present), and member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Hepatology (2006–present), and Hepatology (2008-2011). She co-organized two monothematic EASL meetings on Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (2004 and 2009).

Recipient of the prize: “Rising Star in Gastroenterology - UEG”. Major research interests include alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She has recently developed and implemented a project for National Registry of Liver Patients, named, aiming to put together clinical, laboratory and histological data from ambulatory liver patients, while simultaneously being a clinical process with algorithms and scores embedded.

She has published original papers in a number of scientific journals, including JAMA, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology and Liver International.