Champalimaud Clinical Center / Champalimaud Foundation

General Information

Name of Hospital / Institute / Cancer Centre: Champalimaud Clinical Center / Champalimaud Foundation

Name of Unit: Breast Unit

Address: Av Brasilia s/n

Country: Portugal


Responsible person/tutor for the fellowship

Name: Maria João Cardoso

Position: Head Breast Surgeon


Key contact

Contact name: Sofia Bragança

Position: Administration



Description of the training programme: The Champalimaud Breast Unit is considered a reference centre in Portugal and abroad, frequently searched for primary and advanced breast cancer treatments and second opinions. 
The Breast Unit There are several out-patient clinics during the week, and one multidisciplinary meeting with the presence of all specialties involved in breast cancer care.
Team members are exclusively dedicated to Breast Cancer, both early and advanced settings, with a special emphasis in the treatment of advanced breast cancer, breast cancer during pregnancy, breast cancer in young women and in male patients.
Surgery for Breast Cancer is undertaken by dedicated breast and plastic surgeons; members of the surgical team work together applying the concept of oncoplastic surgery to all patients. Our Unit is considered a Level 3 Oncoplastic Unit, performing more than 50 breast reconstructions/year, using all the available techniques including microsurgery.
Radiotherapy is undertaken under the supervision of dedicated breast radiation oncologists using the most recent techniques and equipment tailored to patient’s needs.
Breast Imaging is provided by dedicated breast radiologists, with all major breast imaging and biopsying techniques available.
Dedicated Breast Nurses provide clinical and psycho-social support to patients.

Position held by the fellow during the traineeship: A position between trainee and resident

The training consist of: Surgical Training, Multidisciplinary participation, consultations according to language of the fellow

Legal requirements: We have fellows from both ESO and ESMO and they don't need any formal registration within the EU. However they are not able to attend surgeries as first surgeon.

Maximum number of fellows in the Unit: 1

Optimal duration of the fellowship: 6 months

Open to both national and international candidates. We offer fellowships to external candidates without payement. We have several cooperations ongoing receiving fellows from ESMO and ESO also (availability always needs to be confirmed)

Ideal candidate: Our ideal candidate can come from any of the root surgical specialties (general; ginecology or plastic) around the 5th-6th year of the residente training or a recente specialist that wants to pursue a breast differentiation. Because we are involved in several academic trials, someone who is also keen on research.


The fellow will participate in:

  • Operations with the tutor: YES
  • Outpatient clinics with the tutor: YES
  • The hospital continuing medical education programme: YES


Continuing medical education in the Unit: YES


Frequency: Weekly

Research facilities 

Participation to research activities in the hospital: YES


Accessible library: YES


Available accomodation: Air B&B / rooms

Distance from the Institute/Center: 10/20 minutes

Public transport: YES

Internet facilities: YES

Financial support

Financial support: NO

Information about the Institution/Department

Name: Breast Unit

Head of Department: Fatima Cardoso

Number of Senior Consultants: 8

Number of Consultants: 9 (including all Specialties)

Number of Residents: We don’t have a residency program

Number of beds: 26

Number of wards: We don’t have wards

Number of operation rooms: 4

Number of operations per day: 15 surgeries per week

Number of operations per year: 800

Percentage of surgical oncology in the department per year: The Foundation is a Surgical Oncology facility we don't have general Surgery or at least other surgeries are residual

Breast cancer operations per week: We only operate Malignant Disease


BRESO programme director: Maria Joao Cardoso, MD, PhD