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The Doctor as a Humanist (DASH) 6th Symposium:
Humanism in Surgery

19-21 May 2022 | i3S and Online


Medical humanities have been rising all over the world due to the challenges posed by scientific and technological advancements that provide us with means to treat, cure and prolongue life, but not necessarily with person-centered care. Covid has unveiled many invisible issues that need to be reflected upon and to be kept in our memories, so that the lessons learnt are not forgotten.
In spite of the increase of Medical Humanities, the field of Surgery has not been the focus of attention, mainly due to the belief that, in spite of all the dance and theatre involved, surgeries are too much technical to be scrutinized by Arts and Humanities.
This symposium will offer an adequate venue for research groups in Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities, academics, health professionals working in the context of surgery, specialists in Arts and Humanities from around the world to exchange knowledge, experiences, perspectives and research outputs. Moreover, it will also provide opportunities for networking and future research collaborations.
The symposium will bring together researchers from multidisciplinary domains, such as literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and bioethics.
Accordingly, the conference target audience is mixed: from surgeons and other healthcare professionals working in or related to surgical environment, to medical humanities scholars and students.
This event will count on the presence of leading scholars in the MH and NM field, including members of DASH, EUNAMES, and GERMEN.

The programme includes plenary sessions with keynote speakers, round-tables with guest speakers and parallel panels, through abstract submission.


All the sessions of the Symposium will be held online and in presence.
Language: English


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The meeting will be held at i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto, and online.
Rua Alfredo Allen, 208; 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
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GPS coordinates: 41º 10' 30.008'' N, 8º 36' 12.488'' W.



Jonathan McFarland, The Doctor as a Humanist
Susana Magalhães, i3S
Júlio Borlido Santos, i3S
João Bessa, Escola de Medicina, University of Minho
Héctor Guadalajara, Associate Professor at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Head of Surgery at Fundación Jimenez Díaz
Jacek Mostwin, Director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology; Professor of Urology at the John Hopkins School of Medicine
Manuel Pera, Consorci MAR Parc de Salut de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Gastroenterology Surgery, Universidade Autonoma de Barcelona
Emil Toescu, Associated Professor of Neurosciences, University of Birmingham, UK
Maria Giulia Marini, ISTUD, Milan University La Sapienza Rome



All the sessions of the Symposium will be held online and live (at i3S).
Lisbon time - WEST time


Day 1 | 19 MAY

8:00 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 9:15 Opening Ceremony
Susana Magalhães (i3S), Jonathan McFarland (The Doctor as a Humanist), Sir John Temple (Former President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), Professor Michael Griffin (President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), Cecilia Leão (Universidade do Minho), Maria Giulia Marini (ISTUD, Milan University La Sapienza Rome)

9:15 - 9:45 Online Plenary Session: Adventures in the Human Body
Gavin Francis

9:45 - 10:30 Plenary Session - British Journal Surgery Guest Lecture
Julio Mayol, Madrid Medical School, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Director of Innovation and Chief of Division of Colerectal Surgery, Hospital Clinico San Carlos

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15 Roundtable – What is Humanism?
Moderators: Susana Magalhães and Jonathan McFarland

Sara Moreira (CHUP), Ana Sofia Silva (Faculdade de Arquitetura, UP), Carlos Liz (Researcher at the Centre for Classical and Humanistic Studies of the University of Coimbra; CECH-FLUC), Ivone Silva (CHUP), Kostas Laios, (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Susana Almeida (Psychiatrist doctor IPO PORTO/ HCuf PORTO/FMUP)

12:15 - 13:15 Short Communications (7 communications of 7 mins each)

Art and surgery: why teaching art can help training better surgeons?
Pelayo Aguilera Fernández, University Pompeu Fabra

Opera and Neuroscience; a bridge back to your finest bedside manners. 
Emma Carreras Asensio, Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Rethinking surgery in the age of the Scientific Revolution: Charles Dickens and the Victorian surgeon
Enrica Zaninotto, University of Verona

Medical Ethics education as a basilar tool to the humanization of Medicine
Filipa de Carvalho Moreira, Escola de Medicina da Universidade do Minho; Hospital de Braga

Student surgical clubs as a basis for the development of future surgeons
Marsel Khabibov, I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

What perspective on the public and patients do television series and movies generate about the practice of medicine?
Mario Schiavon Meza, Universidad Anáhuac

13:15 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Plenary Session: The humane approach to surgery | ONLINE
Patrick Walsh, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

14:30 - 16:30 Roundtable – Healthcare Education: a view to humanism at the heart of Surgery
Moderator: Emil Toescu (Birmingham University,  Pecs University Hungary)  and Susana Magalhães (i3S)

João Bessa (Universidade do Minho); Pia Maria Sorto (Helsinki University Hospital), Catarina Simões (Escola Superior de Saúde Santa Maria), Isabel Fernandes (FLUL), Maria Giulia Marini (ISTUD, Milan University La Sapienza Rome), Abel Abejas (Universidade da Beira Interior), Fabrice Jotterand (Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Basel) and Clara Bosco (Medical College of Wisconsin)

16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 - 18:15 Parallel Workshops (The parallel workshops will not be broadcasted and are open for in-person format participants only)
2. Workshop 2 | Reflective Writing (Maria Giulia Marini, Susana Magalhães)
3. Workshop 3 | Sociodrama (Dulce Silva) – lectured in Portuguese


Day 2 | 20 MAY

9:00 - 9:45 Plenary session: In Sickness and in Health: stories and the practice of medicine | A Tribute to João Lobo Antunes
Margarida Lobo Antunes, (Hospital Lusíadas, Lisboa)

9:45 - 10:45 Short Communications (7 communications 7 mins each)

Mental Health in Healthcare
Àlex Godó, UPF / UAB Pompeu Fabra University / Autonomous University of Barcelona

Medical Humanities in Action: Social Health Interventions by a Social Institution
L. Pinto,  M.A. Ferreira

The wounded caregiver: surgeons’ self-compassion fatigue
Azar Ghasemi, KUMS - USERN

Humanism in Pediatric Surgery – A young intern’s experience and expectations
Maria Florou, Second Pediatric Surgery Department, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki    

Towards Shared Decision Making: What Is Known and What are the Opinions about it, among Medical Students in Madrid, Spain.
Umar-Ijaz Khan Khanum, Medical School of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
The reality of human dignity in surgical environments: socio-anthropological accounts.
Beatriz Xavier, UICISA:E-Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing / ESEnfC - Nursing School of Coimbra

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:10 Listening to the Patient I (Manuel Alonso)

11:10 - 12:45 Roundtable: Arts and Humanities: Rituals in Surgery
Moderator: Susana Magalhães and Jonathan McFarland

Pedro Amorim (CHUP); Ana Filipa Cardoso (Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra, ESEnfC ), Rui Carneiro (Hospital da Luz Arrábida); Susana de Noronha (CES, UC), Ana Zão (Instituto CUF Porto); José Poças (Director of the Infectious Diseases Service at Centro Hospitalar de Setúbal (CHS) and Head of Service for the Public Hospital Medical Career)

Mark Mekelburg (Co-Founder, External Training Coordinator and Dr. Clown in Hospitals at Operação Nariz Vermelho, Portugal)

13:00 - 13:30 Thinking Out of the Box 1 | Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge. 

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:15 Roundtable: Shared Decision Making in Surgery
Moderators: Olatz Lopez and Hector Guadalajara

14:30 - 14:45 Presenting the project by the moderators

14:45 - 14:55 Listening to the Patient II (Manuel Alonso)

14:55 - 16:15 João Marques Gomes (Nova Lisboa), Abel Abejas (University Beira Interior, Lusíadas Lisboa), João Silva (CHUP), António Carneiro (Hospital da Luz Arrábida), Jorge Correia Pinto (Hospital CUF Porto)

16:15 – 17:00 Plenary Session: The Wise Surgeon: Phronesis in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Fabrice Jotterand (Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Basel) and Clara Bosco (Medical College of Wisconsin)

17:00 - 17:15 Coffee break

17:15 - 18:45 Roundtable: Ethical Challenges of Surgical Innovation |The Wounded Surgeon | Wrapping up Debate
Moderators: Joaquim Gea (Medical school University Pompeu Fabra) and Manuel Pera (Professor of Surgery, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Head, Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain)

Clare McNaught (Honorary Secretary Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)
Nikita Minyaylov (Sechenov University)
Jacek Mostwin (Professor of Urology; Director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine)

Day 3 | 21 MAY

9:00 - 9:20 Plenary: EUNAMES - European Narrative Medicine Society: state of the art of the medical humanities and narrative medicine in practice in Europe
Maria Giulia Marini (ISTUD, Milan University La Sapienza Rome)

9:20 - 9:45 What Europe asks from Health Humanities (Niels Fietje)- WHO Europe

9:45 – 10:45 Roundtable: A European Map of Narrative Medicine
Moderator: Susana Magalhães

Isabel Fernandes (FLUL), Muiris Houston (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Nicoletta Suter (SIMEN, Italy), Christos Lionis (School of Medicine, University of Crete and Guest Professor, University of Linkoping, Sweden), Ourania Varsou (University of Glasgow, UK), Neil Vickers (Kings College London), Theodora Tseligka, Medical School (University of Ioannina, GREECE), Marco Cordero (Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge Barcelona), Valeria Viarengo (Charity's Maior Hospital, Novara, UPO)

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:15 "Narrative-based practice in Europe: developing collaboration" 
John Launer (Honorary Associate Professor, University College London)

11:15-11:30 Open Debate

11:30 – 11:45 The lost interplay between medicine and music
June Boyce-Tillman (University of Winchester)

11:45 - 12:15 Thinking Out of the Box 2 | Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge

12:15 - 13:15 Roundtable - Humanism in Surgery: Looking towards the future
Conference Manifesto


Abel Abejas 
Coordinator of the In Hospital Palliative Care Support Team
Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University Beira Interior




Ana Filipa Cardoso 
Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra, ESEnfC

Ana Filipa dos Reis Marques Cardoso is a Nurse, Adjunct Professor at the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC) and Researcher at the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E). PhD in Health Sciences - Nursing, Post-graduated in Clinical Communication Skills and Core Staff of the Portugal Centre for Evidence Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence. Her main topics of interest are communication in healthcare and evidence based practice


Ana Zão  
International Center of Arts Medicine and Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) specialist. Founder and Director of the International Center of Arts Medicine (CUF Porto Institute). Consultant Physiatrist at PRM Department and Pain Unit (Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto). Consultant Physiatrist at Hospital Senhora de Oliveira Guimarães (2019-2021) and founder and coordinator of the Music Medicine Unit. Researcher at Center for Health Technology and Services Research – CINTESIS and Faculty of Medicine - University of Porto (FMUP). PhD student in Clinical and Health Services Research at FMUP. Her research has focused in Performing Arts Medicine, Pain Medicine and PRM. Master in Medicine (FMUP) and Interventional Physiatry (Fundación San Pablo Andalucía CEU, Spain) Competency in Pain Medicine and Post-graduations in Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine and Medical Hydrology (FMUP). Invited teacher at FMUP (Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation), Nova Medical School – University of Lisbon (Pain Medicine) and Portuguese Catholic University (Music Neurosciences). 
Professional pianist. Studied at Conservatory of Music Calouste Gulbenkian and School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE). 


Catarina Simões
Escola Superior de Saúde Santa Maria 

Catarina Simões is an Ajunct Professor in Escola Superior de Saúde Santa Maria (Porto) and a nurse in a Palliative Care Team. She is particularly interested in issues related to bioethics, person-centered care regardless of the setting of care. 




Clara Bosco
Medical College of Wisconsin 

Clara Bosco, MD graduate (May 2022), from the Medical College of Wisconsin going into General Surgery. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Creighton University where she pursued research in medieval ethics along with her pre-medical studies. Since beginning medical school 2018, she has continued to pursue her philosophical scholarship through her research in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine under the guidance of Fabrice Jotterand, Ph.D. Their work together centers on impact of artificial intelligence on the doctor-patient relationship as well as practical wisdom in clinical medicine. In addition to her academic studies and research work, she has contributed to the institution and community through her leadership role as the Founder and President of the MCW Philosophy Club, a medical student discussion group focused on reflection and debate about the profession of medicine.

Clare McNaught 
Honorary Secretary Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) 
Clare McNaught is a UK Colorectal Surgeon based in Harrogate. Her academic interests include enhanced recovery and the effects of frailty on outcomes of emergency surgery. Clare remains active in surgical education, is an MRCS examiner and is faculty on several postgraduate courses. She was the founder and past chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Younger Fellows Committee, supporting young Consultants in their early career. Clare has been on RCSEd College Council for 8 years, was past Editor of Surgeons News and is Honorary Secretary of RCSEd.



Fabrice Jotterand
Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Basel

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, is Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the resident philosopher at the MCW Kern Institute where he directs the Philosophies of Medical Education Transformation Laboratory (P-METaL). At Kern his work examines the importance of character formation and practical wisdom in the moral development of future physicians as well as how the philosophy of medicine contributes to medical professionalism. He holds also an appointment as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. In addition to the philosophy of medicine and medical professionalism, his scholarship and research interests also focus on issues including neuroethics, ethical issues in psychiatry and mental health, the use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry, neurotechnologies and human identity, and bioethics and moral/political philosophy. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters as well as reviews in leading academic journals and has published 7 books. He is the author of the recent book entitled The Unfit Brain and the Limits of Moral Bioenhancement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). He received his PhD from Rice University and a Master in Bioethics from McGill University. He is the co-editor of the book series Advances in Neuroethics (Springer).


Héctor Guadalajara  

He is chairman of Surgery at University Hospital Fundación Jimenez Díaz and Associate Professor at “Universidad Autonoma de Madrid” (UAM, Spain) since 2014. He is mainly a Colorectal Surgeon participating in 250 procedures per year, with a special dedication to robotic colorectal surgery and proctology. Product of this medical activity he is one of the world pioneers of the stem cell therapy for fistula in Crohn disease and provide his expertise to Takeda Company worldwide. Another very important aspect of his career is the University teaching and innovation in education. He is one of the main promoters of “”. “” is a contact network that facilitates education to students and people willing to learn technical manoeuvres. As chairman of Surgery, he has been involved in the automatization of the surgical worklist at Quirónsalud, project that has significantly increased the surgical yields in the Operation Room. And finally, he has been committed with the health care humanization implementing sharing decision tools.


Isabel Fernandes
University of Lisbon / ULICES - University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

Isabel Fernandes is Emeritus Professor of English at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Scientific Coordinator of the interdisciplinary and international project in Medical Humanities, and PI of FCT funded project SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together. She has published extensively on several British writers and has authored and edited: Critical Dialogues: Slow Readings of English Literary Texts (2011), Literatura: a (in)disciplina na intersecção dos saberes e das artes (Literature: The (In)discipline at the intersection of knowledge and the arts) (2011), Contar (com) a Medicina (Counting on Medicine) (2015, 2016 e 2018), Creative Dialogues: Narrative and Medicine (2015) and Entrecruzares Bioéticos (Bioethical Interfaces) (2020).

Ivone Silva
CHUP-Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

Licenciatura em Medicina na FMUP em 1989
Especialização em Angiologia e Cirurgia Vascular no Hospital Santo António em 1998
Integra a equipe de Colheita e Transplante de Órgãos em 1998
Adjunta do Diretor de Departamento e Cirurgia do CHUPorto
Integra a Direção do CCEU – Centro de Cirurgia Experimental Universitário
Diretora dos blocos Operatórios Convencionais do CHUPorto
Pós graduação em “Gestão para Médicos” da Faculdade de Economia e Gestão da Universidade
Católica Portuguesa,
Doutoramento em Ciências Médicas pelo ICBAS
Membro da Comissão de Acompanhamento do 3º ciclo – Doutoramento em Ciência Médicas -
Prof. Associada da Unidade Curricular de Cirurgia 2
Docente do Módulo de Qualidade em Saúde da Disciplina de Ética Médica da Licenciatura de
Medicina do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar
Eleita para o Conselho pedagógico do ICBAS
Nomeada para a Comissão de Mentoria do ICBAS
Integra a Comissão de Avaliação dos Trabalhos de Dissertação/Projeto/Estágio no Mestrado
Integrado em Medicina
Membro da Unidade de Investigação Multidisciplinar do ICBAS
Membro co-fundador do Cardiovascular Research Group - UMIB/ICBAS

Jacek Mostwin
Professor of Urology; Director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

João Bessa
School of Medicine, University of Minho

João Marques Gomes 
Nova Lisboa

João Marques Gomes is a management consultant, researcher, and university professor specializing in Value-Based Health Care. He is currently the President of the European Association of Value-Based Health Care, VP of the Brazilian Institute of Value in Health, and President of the Jury of the Prize IBRAVS – Cases of Value-Based Health Care. As a consultant, he has worked with organizations worldwide – Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Asia. In addition, he has worked for the European Commission, Ministry of Health of Portugal, Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical devices and pharmaceutical manufacturers. He is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at NOVA School of Business & Economics and NOVA Medical School and is a Professor at Insper (Brazil). He also teaches numerous executive education courses for C-level professionals from multinational companies.

João Silva 
Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

João Daniel Monteiro Silva, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Serviço de Neurocirurgia Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto (2020 – present)
Previous positions: Neurosurgery resident, Serviço de Neurocirurgia Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto (2014 – 2019); C. Ehnrooth Vascular and Skull-Base Fellow – Neurosurgery Department, Helsinki University Central Hospital (2021)
Other relevant activities: Volunteer at Vo.U – Associação Voluntariado Universitário (2010-2012); Volunteer at Clínica Sagrada Esperança, Angola (August, 2011); Catechist in S. Cláudio de Barco parish, Guimarães (2004 – 2011)

Jonathan McFarland
The Doctor as a Humanist

Jonathan McFarland currently works as Associate Professor in the  Faculty of Medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and as Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Linguistics, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.  With a background in the Humanities - more than 20 years been working in the field of Medical English, he is a member of AMEE ( Association Medical Education Europe ), as well as being a member of the Moscow Office Committee, and ASME ( Association for the Study of Medical Education). He is also a Committee member of EUNAMES ( European Narrative Medicine Society), and a member of the honorary committee of the Gimbernat Surgical Society, as well as a member of ASOMEGA ( Association of Galician Doctors). He is the lay member for COMETA ( Ethics Committee for Primary Health Care for Mallorca). He is also co-editor of a forthcoming series for Springer entitled, New Paradigms in Healthcare. The first book in the series will be coming out very soon. 
He is the President of The Doctor as a Humanist, which is an International organization of students, scholars, educators and practitioners dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of the humanities and humanism in medicine and healthcare around the world.

Jorge Correia Pinto 
University of Minho, Director of Pediatric Surgery, Hospital de Braga

Consultant of Pediatric Surgery
Jorge Correia-Pinto (51 years old) is a Full Professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Minho and Director of the Institute of Life and Health Sciences (ICVS). Specialist with a consultant degree in pediatric surgery having done all his medical-surgical training at Hospital de São João, he is the director of the pediatric surgery department at Hospital de Braga. As a pediatric surgeon, he differentiated with particular emphasis in the areas of neonatal, digestive and pulmonary surgery. In Pediatrics, he performed more than 15 000 interventions, 750 of which in the neonatal period. In Portugal, it pioneered the use of the Ex Utero Intra-Partum Treatment procedure and a minimally invasive surgery program for the treatment of congenital malformations in the newborn (eg esophageal atresia with distal tracheo-esophageal fistula, hernia), congenital diaphragmatic, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, duodenal atresia, pulmonary lobectomy and inguinal hernia). Promoted, developed and patented custom systems for pectus excavatum and carinatum correction, research that supported the creation of Spin-Off iSurgical3D. He has supervised a total of 25 PhD students (20 of whom have already completed their PhD) and two Residents in Pediatric Surgery. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in international journals indexed in Pubmed (factor h-28). Co-author of several patents, one of which was recently licensed for a multinational company in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Faculty member of the prestigious IRCAD-Surgical Training Centers in advanced training courses in Pediatric Surgery and of the Professional Master in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Pediatric Surgery at University of Bologna. He is the global coordinator of the international program 'Hands-on courses in minimally invasive surgery' at the University of Minho School of Medicine and Braga Hospital, which provides training and training in minimally invasive surgery to over 500 surgeons / year of various specialties.

José Poças
Medical Doctor specialized in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Sick person Provider of the LAHSB

Physician, Specialist in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine
Director of the Infectious Diseases Service at CHS and Head of Service for the Public Hospital Medical Career
LAHSB Sick Person Provider
Author of the books “Ode or Requiem: Allegory about the nature of the medical act, about some real clinical histories” and “Reflections in times of a pandemic: Stories of life, pleasure, suffering and death”, co-author and editor of the book “The doctor-patient relationship: a contribution by the Portuguese Medical Association”
Author of the website, under the motto “Medicine: Culture, Science and Humanization”
Former President of the District Council of Setúbal of the Portuguese Medical Association


Julio Mayol 
Professor of Surgery and Chief Medical and Innovation Officer at Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

Corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain, Secretary of the BJS Society, 
Digital Media and Innovations editor of Surgery. 


June Barbara Boyce-Tillman  
University of Winchester 

June Barbara Boyce-Tillman MBE (born 1943) is a prominent British academic specialising in music, spirituality and theology, particularly women's role in church music. She is Professor of Applied music at the University of Winchester and was ordained as a deacon of the Church of England in 2006 and as a priest in 2007.
Boyce-Tillman read music at St Hugh's College, Oxford, before completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Institute of Education. Her doctorate on the development of children's musical creativity was widely published nationally and internationally. Much of her scholarship has become influential in music education research, especially her use of ideas of well-being, liminality, and ecology.

Konstantinos Laios   
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 

Konstantinos Laios was born in Athens. He studied archeology, history of art and medicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He completed postgraduate and postdoctoral studies at the same university. Doctor of Philosophy of the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the field of Classical Archaeology, Doctor of Philosophy at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the field of History of Medicine. Former Scholar of the State Scholarship Foundation after a pan-Hellenic competition. From 2010 to 2016 he was an scientific collaborator at the Department of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Non-Tenure Lecture of the same Department from the academic year 2020-2021. From 2016 onwards he is scientific collaborator in the Office for the Study of the History of Biomedical Sciences of the Institute of Biological Sciences of the Academy of Athens. From 2017 onwards he is a Resident Surgeon. He speaks English, French, German, Italian.

Margarida Lobo Antunes 
Paediatrician and head of the Paediatric Obesity Consultation at Lusíadas Lisboa Hospital

Margarida Lobo Antunes, Paediatrician and head of the Paediatric Obesity Consultation at Lusíadas Lisboa Hospital.
Chief Medical Officer since July 2019.
Lecturer on the topic of “Child Obesity” pertaining to the curricular unit of the master’s degree of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon.
Project organizer of nutritional screening and healthy lifestyle promotion events in schools.
Co-author of the book: “À Descoberta do seu Bebé”, Editora Manuscrito, 2018.

Maria Giulia Marini 

ISTUD, Milan University La Sapienza Rome

Epidemiologist and counselor - Scientific and Innovation Director of the Health Care Area of Istud.
33 years of professional experience in the Health Care sector. Classical Studies and Art Therapist Coach, specialty in Pharmacology. She teaches at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Narrative Medicine and she teaches Medical Humanities in several national and international universities. In 2016  Reviewer for the World Health Organization for narrative methods in Public Health. She is the author of the volume "Narrative medicine: Bridging the gap between Evidence-Based care and Medical Humanities" for Springer, translated in Italian, and Chinese and of "The languages of care in narrative medicine" in 2018 and of international publications on Narrative Medicine. She published the Item Narrative Medicine for the Encyclopedia Treccani in 2020 and the item Empathy in the Neuroscience chapter for Treccani. She is editor of the bilingual (Italian and English) online journal Cronache di Sanità e Medicina Narrativa. Since 2020, she is the founder and president of EUNAMES- European Narrative Medicine Society. From 2021 she edits for Springer the new series New Paradigms in Health Care.

Tension to knowledge, intelligent kindness, and activism are her three keywords.

Mark Mekelburg
Co-Founder, External Training Coordinator and Dr. Clown in Hospitals at Operação Nariz Vermelho, Portugal




Michael Griffin  
President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professor Michael Griffin OBE became President in 2018 when he was a Consultant Oesophagogastric surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. He developed the Northern Oesophagogastric Cancer Unit which is now the largest in Europe and North America. A Council Member since 2009, he was Chair of the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations (JCIE) and Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His clinical and research interests have been focused on early diagnosis and radical treatment of oesophagogastric cancers. He was awarded an OBE for services to cancer health care in 2013.


Muiris Houston 
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Muiris Houston is especially interested in the stories patients tell, which led him to complete a Masters in Medical Humanities at the University of Sydney, Australia. Muiris is adjunct professor of medical humanities at Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches a narrative medicine module to medical students.
He is also an award-winning medical journalist, health analyst and editorial writer with The Irish Times.

Nicoletta Suter  
SIMEN, Italy





Olatz Lopez-Fernandez  


She is a health psychologist researcher in the University Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz (UF FJD), an Associate professor at the “Universidad Complutense de Madrid” (UCM, Spain). Her expertise is as clinical psychology and applied research in health sciences, developing and managing research projects to promote the detection, follow-up, and prevention of traditional and emerging health diseases through new technologies and methods. She places her work on the educational and healthcare arena from a psychological and humanistic perspective, such as addictions or oncologic problems. She has led projects within the European Commission and Parliament and leads a national project on SDM in oncology at UH FJD.

Ourania Varsou

University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Ourania Varsou is a Lecturer in Anatomy and holds a BSc (Hons), an MBChB and a PgCert in Mentoring and Coaching. Ourania completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre with a project investigating new functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging measures for patients with minor acute focal neurology. She is an Associate Fellow of Advance HE and a University of Glasgow Recognising Excellence in Teaching Fellow.
Ourania teaches human anatomy to science, medical and dental students, from sub-honours to honours levels, with her specialist areas including the head and neck region and imaging. She also teaches scientific skills, including statistics for biosciences and scientific poster writing. Ourania develops and delivers bespoke face-to-face and online teaching on medical humanities at the University of Glasgow and, as an invited external faculty member, to international institutions.
Ourania’s research includes imaging with a focus on ultrasound, clinically-applied anatomy, and scholarship of teaching and learning. She is also a strong advocate of medical humanities, writing her own poetry, and is passionate about sustainability and alternative approaches to teaching in Higher Education.

Patrick Walsh  
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Walsh is best known for his pioneering work in the development of “the anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy”, which involves nerve-sparing techniques that have reduced the probability of impotence and incontinence, and for his 30 years as the Professor and Director of the Brady Urological Institute. He has also made major contributions to the basic understanding of benign and malignant neoplasms of the prostate. Along with co-workers, he was the first to describe the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme deficiency, to develop an experimental technique for the induction of benign prostatic hyperplasia, to demonstrate the influence of reversible androgen deprivation on BPH, and to characterize hereditary prostatic cancer. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly named the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. For 15 years he was on the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine and for 25 years was the editor-in-chief of Campbell’s Textbook of Urology, which has been renamed Campbell Walsh in his honor. In 1996, Dr. Walsh received the Charles F. Kettering Medal from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation for “the most outstanding recent contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.” Dr. Walsh was honored as the 2007 National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence by America's Top Doctors®, and received the 2007 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine for his contributions to prostate cancer. In 2012 he was awarded the Francis Amory Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Together with Janet F. Worthington, he authored the best-selling books for lay people The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them, which is published by Johns Hopkins University Press (1995) and Warner Books (1997) and more recently, Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, Warner Books (2001), Warner Wellness (2007), Hachette Book Group (2012, 2018). Dr. Walsh served as the president of both the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Pedro Amorim  
CHUP-Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

Pedro Amorim, MD (Lic. 1979 – OM 22535)
Consultant in Anesthesiology (Assistente Graduado Sénior de Anestesiologia) at the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto, dedicated to  Neuroanesthesiology.
Assistant and Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology (Terapêutica Geral), for 24 years, at the University of Porto (ICBAS – Abel Salazar Biomedical Institute)
Assistant Research Professor at the State University of New York (1991 to 1994)
Acting Director of the Neurocritical Care Unit (TCE) of the Department of Neurosurgery of the Hospital de Santo António (throughout its existence until 2002)
Past member elected of the Council and the Board of Directors of the European Society of Anesthesiology
Oral Examiner of the Part II exam of the European Diploma of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (EDAIC) for 25 years and responsible for the Portugal exam. Member of the scientific committee of InAnestesia
Director or co-director of 9 PhD thesis and several master´s thesis
Co-founder of GERMEN (Narrative Medicine) (
Research in Neurosciences (supported by several FCT grants):

Pia M. Sorto 
MD, PhD Student / Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (DPBM), University of Helsinki & Junior resident / Neurosurgery / Töölö Clinic Helsinki & Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Medical doctor, resident in general surgery since 2017, specialization in neurosurgery since 2019. Scientific background from basic research in the field of atherosclerosis, pathology and cellular biology. Interested in the complex systems in nature and the relationship between mind and matter and consciousness research. Practices various arts during her free time.

Rui Carneiro  
Hospital da Luz Arrábida

Rui Carneiro is an Internal Medicine physician with the competence in Palliative Medicine. He works at Hospital da Luz – Arrábida, Portugal, in the Support & Palliation Team. He is particularly interested in the area of health care centered on the sick person, namely in the Individual and Integrated Care Plan and in health-care related Suffering. He is married to Ana and has two fast-growing children. He strives to articulate the professional and family aspects of his life as part of the personal journey of building meaning in life and happiness.
Doctors and patients are two persons meeting in a context. They are two people, transformed in doctor and patient by the spectrum of a disease, whether it is intended to prevent it, diagnose, cure or treat it, but always because they're set to reduce its related suffering.

Sara Moreira
Liaison Psychiatrist and Psycho-Oncologist. Coordinator of Hospital Humanization, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

In clinical activity as a liaison psychiatrist the focus of my work is on the patient and family as well as on the health teams. The close contact with professionals helped me to understand the importance of developing the area of Communication, as a vehicle for the Humanization of the hospital environment.


Sir John Temple  
Former President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Sir John Temple became a surgical registrar, and he completed his postgraduate surgical training in Manchester and Liverpool. In 1991 he became the Regional Postgraduate Dean in the West Midlands.
He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 2000−2003. He was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to look at the medical workforce in Scotland and his report Future Practice was published in July 2002 and made 37 recommendations. He authored a report published in 2004, titled Securing Future Practice in which he proposed moving towards a "trained doctor-based service" with less reliance upon work from doctors who undertaking training
He was appointed as the independent chair of the UK-wide review of the impact of the European Working Time Directive on Junior doctors known as the Time for Training review, which reported in 2010. 
He was elected as an ordinary fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. 
He was awarded a Knight Bachelor for services to medicine and medical education in 2003.  

Susana Magalhães

Susana Magalhães is the Head of the Unit for Responsible Conduct in Research at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health of the University of Porto (i3S), PhD in Bioethics by Portuguese Catholic University with a dissertation intitled "Bioethics and Literature: between Imagination and Responsibility” (If-Press, 2016), and a researcher in the areas of Narrative Medicine and Research Ethics/Integrity. 
Lecturer at University Fernando Pessoa and an invited Lecturer at Portuguese Catholic University, where she was the Scientific Coordinator of a Narrative Medicine Course between 2017-2021. 
Coordinator of the Group of Study and Reflection on Narrative Medicine (Grupo de Estudos e Reflexão em Medicina Narrativa -- GERMEN) since February 2018. 
Certified Virt2UETrainer and member of the Steering Committee of the Portuguese Reproducibility Network.

Susana de Noronha
Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Susana de Noronha, Anthropologist and PhD in Sociology, is a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal, Secretary of CES General Assembly, and member of the Editorial Board of the CES/Almedina Book Series. Between 2020 and 01/2022, she was Co-coordinator of the Science, Economy and Society Research Group (NECES) at CES. She is also Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Minho, Portugal, and Invited Professor in the Network of Post-Graduate Programs of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) since 2019. Currently, she is a team member of the International Project - Visibilizing pain: illness visual narratives and storytelling transmedia (coordinated by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya-UIC, Spain) and Ambassador for Portugal of the “Association for the Study of Death and Society”. She was distinguished by an international jury with the 2007 CES Award for Young Portuguese-speaking Social Scientists and winner of the 2003 Bernardino Machado Award for Anthropology, by the University of Coimbra. She is author of three research monographs: A Tinta, a Mariposa e a Metástase: a arte como experiência, conhecimento e acção sobre o cancro de mama (2009, Afrontamento) [Paint, Butterflies, and Metastases: art as experience, knowledge, and action on breast cancer]; Objetos Feitos de Cancro: mulheres, cultura material e doenças nas estórias da arte (2015, Almedina) [Objects Made of Cancer: material culture and illness on women’s art stories]; and Cancro Sobre Papel: Estórias de oito mulheres Portuguesas entre palavra falada, arte e ciência escrita (2019, Almedina) [Cancer on Paper: the stories of eight Portuguese women in words, art, and science]. As a writer and researcher, she is also a published lyricist and author of scientific illustrations, using photography, painting and creative ethnographic drawing.

Susana Sousa Almeida, 
MD, MSc, MRCPsych 

Dr. Sousa Almeida is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Instituto Português de Oncologia – Porto (IPOP), and at Hospital Cuf Porto, where she coordinates the Neuropsychiatry Unit. 
She obtained her Medical Degree at the Faculty of Medicine of Porto University (FMUP) in 1998. After clinical training in Medical Oncology and her MSc in Molecular Medicine/Oncobiology (2004), she trained in Psychiatry at South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust - King’s College London, and she is a full Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) since 2007. 
She is a member of the board of the Psychiatry College of the Portuguese Order of Physicians since 2021, President of the Portuguese Academy of Psycho-Oncology (2019-2021), a member of the social bodies of the Portuguese Mental Health and Psychiatry Society since 2019. 
Invited Lecturer at FMUP, has had pre-grad and post-grad teaching duties in Psychiatry, Medical Psychology and Clinical Communication since 2001. 
Her research subjects have been over the years genetics of inflammatory diseases, clinical communication, psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, neuropsychiatry, the neurobiology of depression, and psychopharmacology. She has over 200 national and international communications, 11 book chapters and 34 peer-review indexed publications (abstracts and 15 full papers) in these fields.

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until April 4th (notification of acceptance until April 8th) for in-person and online participants. Abstract submission is open for short oral communications to be included in the program and for the Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge.
Participants with accepted abstracts for short oral communications or for the Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge must complete the registration in the early bird period or the work will not be considered.


1. Short oral communications
Two sessions of seven oral communications, of 7 mins each (a total of 14 oral communications).

Abstract template short oral communication | Download >>

Abstract submission form for short oral communication >>


2. Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge

Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for health profession students from around the world to address the challenges that new technology, robotics, AI pose to person-centred healthcare. Each team will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts on the Thinking Out of the Box Sessions.
Medical and Nursing Students and Residents in Surgery are invited to submit proposals that address the following Innovation Challenge:

How can we reimagine surgery facing the challenges of Robotics and AI and keeping humanism at the heart of care?

The challenge is open to health sciences students and residents from around the world, including those who are pursuing a career in medicine and nursing. We encourage students across the continuum of healthcare education to form multidisciplinary teams. Please note that it is mandatory that one of the team members is registered in the symposium. Other team members can also register and participate, but it is not mandatory.

Get together with other health professions students/residents who are passionate about solving complex problems; groups should have 3-5 members.   
•    We encourage participants to partner with people from other health sciences and, if possible, from other countries.
•    Fill out the application form that is available on the event site to provide general information about you and your team.
•    Submit a brief abstract in English, explaining what your idea is about and how it can contribute to person-centred care in surgery.

The content of your proposal can range from    
•   A training program to be developed and implemented among healthcare providers in surgery to promote person-centred care
•   A training action to be developed and implemented among healthcare students | surgery residents
•   A proposal for the development of a software that could be integrated in the context of surgery to promote person-centred care
•   An innovative idea to change attitudes and behavior among the healthcare team, patients and their relatives
•   An innovative idea concerning space changes AND/ OR time management/experience
•   A resource to be used in pandemic contexts
•   Any other idea that did not come up during our brainstorm for this innovative challenge...

Criteria for Assessment
Innovation and Creativity of the proposal (30%)
The collaboration among students/residents from different institutions/countries/cultures (15%)
The impact of the proposal on the context of surgery, considering the therapeutic relationship among healthcare professionals, patients and their relatives (40%)
The impact of the proposal on society - social, cultural and economic terms (15%)

Abstract submission form for The Future of Humanistic Surgery Innovation Challenge >> 

Prize awarded to the best Innovative Challenge proposal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: Affiliate status with the use of their RCSEd app; offer of 3 places at their Basic Surgical Skills Course



The meeting will be held at i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto. Seat occupancy will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The meeting will also be held online and information regarding the streaming will be sent previously to the meeting. Please note that online participants will not be able to interact directly with speakers, but will be able to ask questions using the chat.

Please note that the meeting will be held live (Lisbon time - WEST time).


Registration fee for in-person format includes coffee breaks, lunch, participation in workshops and conference material.
Registration fee for online format includes online access to the event.

  In-person format   Online format  

Early bird registration
Until April 13th | Payment deadline: April 15th

Late registration
From April 14th to May 3rd | Payment deadline: May 3rd

Early bird registration
Until April 13th | Payment deadline: April 15th

Late registration
From April 14th to May 3rd | Payment deadline: May 3rd

Students* 100 € 150 € 50 € 100 €
Non-students 200 € 250 € 150 € 200 €

*Students should enclose a document confirming their status. Applicable to masters' and PhD students.

A certificate of attendance will be issued after the meeting for participants that attend the event. The certificate will not be issued in case of a no-show.

Registration form >>

Details for payment will be sent in the confirmation registration e-mail.




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Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, 212 | 4200-537 Porto
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Accessible by subway from Porto city center 
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