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Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite, MP, MD, PhD


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite, MP, MD, PhD (c)

Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He is a Member of the Portuguese Parliament and Medical Doctor with specific training in infectious diseases, Guest Lecturer in Microbiology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of New University of Lisbon, and Scientific Coordinator for Public Health at the Catholic University of Portugal. He is a public speaker on matters of health policy, public health, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases and media commentator on current and economic affairs on health policy and public health issues. Dr. Leite is a medical consultant at a multinational company in the field of information technologies geared to healthcare and has also been co-investigator in national and international clinical trials. He is a PhD student in Public Health and Health Management at Maastricht University in Holland. In the past, he was also a member of an international advisory board at Abbott Laboratories.

Dr. Leite has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. He is a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Parliamentary Economic Affairs and Public Investments Committee (Sub) and the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development. He is also Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Working Group on HIV/AIDS and the President of the Portugal-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Before beginning the duties as a Member of Parliament, Dr. Leite completed five years of specific training within an infectious diseases residency program at Western Lisbon Hospital Center, having conducted internships in internal medicine, microbiology, molecular biology and intensive care medicine. Also as part of the residency program, he completed an internship in public health in 2011 as a formal collaborator of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, based in Copenhagen.

As part of his civic activity, Dr. Leite is also member of the Cascais Municipality City Hall Assembly, member of the Lisbon Metropolitan Parliament and a member of the Social Democratic Party National Advisory Board. He is also a member of the advisory board of the National Health Institute and the advisory board of GAT (Portuguese Group of Activists on Treatments for HIV/AIDS). After completing two years as a member of the Francisco Sá Carneiro Institute General Assembly, Dr. Leite was elected in 2013 as a member of its supervisory board. In the past, he was administrator of the Champagnat Foundation (non-governmental organization mainly responsible for humanitarian missions in Africa and needing children support in Portugal), President of the Social Democratic Party of Cascais, and member of the São Domingos de Rana Town Hall Assembly (Municipality of Cascais). He was also a member of the Student Association and the Pedagogical Board at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the New University of Lisbon and chaired the Student Association at the Carcavelos Marian College where he completed high school with a 95% average. 

Dr. Leite is fluent in Portuguese and English and he successfully completed postgraduate training at the following institutions:

  • Johns Hopkins University (Maryland, USA)
  • Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA)
  • AESE Business School (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • European Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon University and Lusophone University (Lisbon, Portugal)

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and ethical leadership, and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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