Alberto Caldas Afonso has been the Head of Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte of Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto and a Full Professor of Pediatrics at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar, University of Porto, since 2016. He obtained his MD degree at Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, was a Foreign Assistant at René Descartes Université in Paris in 1979 and concluded his PhD degree in Medicine at Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto with the thesis Metabolic acidosis and growth in 1995. Alberto Caldas Afonso received training in Pediatric Nephrology in Necker-Enfants Malades, in Paris, from 1988 to 1991. He was Head of Department of Pediatrics, at Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, from 2004 to 2016.
He has been a member of the Council of the Portuguese Commission for Maternal, Infant and Adolescent Health since 2005, President of the Scientific Committee of the Portuguese Guidelines since 2012 and a Board Member of the National Plan for Early Diagnosis since 2013. Alberto Caldas Afonso was the president of the Portuguese Society of Pediatric Nephrology from 2008 to 2015 and has been a Member of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Nephrology since 2009.
Alberto Caldas Afonso has been a Member of the Portuguese Regulatory Commission for Growth Hormone and the Vice President of the National Reference Centres since 2014. He also was councillor at the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology from 2005 to 2008 and its President in 2013-2014, while organizing the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology Annual Meeting in Porto.
Alberto Caldas Afonso has extensive experience in Master and Doctoral students’ supervision, was member of the National Council of Medical School and Vice-president of its Postgraduate Committee in 2011. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in national and international journals and book chapters, being invited as speaker and session chairman in numerous national and international meetings.