Lúcio José de Lara Santos, MD, PhD, is senior surgeon, Professor of Surgical Oncology, former
director of the Digestive Pathology Unit, currently the coordinator of the Experimental Pathology
and Therapeutics Group and member of the PIO’s Surgical Oncology Department. He also serves
as Adviser of Oncology for ONCOCIR - Education and Care in Oncology, Angola.
Prof. Santos received MD degrees from both Agostinho Neto University, Angola, and Nova
University, Lisboa, Portugal. He received his PhD in Surgery and Oncobiology from Porto
University, Porto, Portugal. He served a fellowship in General Surgery at the Portuguese Institute
of Oncology and received specialized training in esophageal surgery at Leiden Academy and in
liver surgery at Hôpital Paul Brousse in Villejuif, France, and The University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Prof. Santos’ research interests include surgical oncology and carcinogenesis, working in Portugal
and Angola. As a Consultant Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon in the Portuguese Institute
of Oncology (Digestive Pathology and Breast Cancer Unit), Prof. de Lara Santos conducts
research in experimental pathology and oncology, including gastrointestinal, breast cancer, and
cancers related to infections. He has extensive experience in organizing oncology facilities such as
chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical oncology services, and in standardizing procedures
and teaching of general medicine, surgery, and oncology.
Additionally, Prof. de Lara Santos is the author or coauthor of nearly 60 peer-reviewed publications
in journals including Nature Communications, Annals of Oncology, BMC Cancer, British Journal of
Cancer, and Molecular Oncology.