Mário Morais-Almeida is the Head of the Immunoallergy Department of CUF-Descobertas Hospital (World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence) and CUF-Infante Santo Hospital, Lisbon, since 2003; apart the supervision of the department activities, he dedicates more than twenty hours per week to clinical activity in the out-patient section of the Allergy Center.
He graduated from the Lisbon School of Medicine in 1986 and became Specialist in Allergy and Immunology in 1994 and senior consultant since 2002, being also specialist in in Health Units Management since 2003. Dr. Morais-Almeida has a Master in Respiratory Diseases and recently submitted a PhD thesis to NOVA Medical School in Lisbon. He is a collaborator of the Center for Health Technology and Services Research, Oporto Faculty of Medicine, since 2012.
He is currently the president of the Portuguese Association of Asthmatic Patients (2016-2019), and served as president of the Portuguese Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2005-2013), the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Board of the Portuguese Medical Association (2003-2006), the Luso-Brazilian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2009-2010), the South European Allergy Societies (2011), and vice president of the Latin American Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (2013-2015) and of the Lung Portuguese Foundation (2010-2012).
He served on government and nongovernmental committees, namely the National Observatory on Respiratory Diseases, GINA and ARIA initiatives and the National Commission of Asthma, being a regular Consultant of several Portuguese Ministry of Health Departments since 1996. He is co-coordinator of the Portuguese guidelines on Asthma management and Anaphylaxis registration, management and referral, being member of the work group responsible for the Portuguese Catalog of Allergies and Adverse Reactions.
He has authored several articles and book chapters in national and international scientific publications and have special research interest in respiratory and food allergy, epidemiology and environmental risk factor for allergic diseases, from pre-school age to the elderly.
Dr. Morais-Almeida has been elected as Member at Large to the WAO Board of Directors, for a four years term, starting in January 2018.