José Manuel de Azevedo Lopes dos Santos, was born in Oporto, Portugal in 1950 and obtained his degree in medicine by Oporto Medical School in 1973.

Training and qualifications
He did his early medical training in Oporto University Hospital and was certified as a specialist both in Paediatrics and Allergology by the Portuguese Medical Association (Ordem dos Médicos) in 1984.

In 2005 he obtained the Certification as European Paediatric Allergist by the European Training Committee Paediatric Allergy (ETC-PA) and the Section on Paediatrics of the European Academy of Paediatric Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SP-EAACI).

Professional activity
He worked several years as a paediatrician and an allergologist, first in Hospital de S. João (Oporto University Hospital) and then in Hospital de V.N.Gaia, an important hospital in the southern Oporto Metropolitan Area, where he created and developed a new Paediatric Allergy Unit, which is now a reference centre in Northern Portugal.

In 1997, he accepted the challenge to move to the new Hospital Pedro Hispano, in the town of Matosinhos, very close to Oporto, where he created organized and directed the novel Department of Paediatrics and later the Mother, Child and Adolescent Department. This Department is now an important paediatric centre in the Oporto Region and a major reference in northern Portugal for several paediatric sub-specialities including Paediatric Allergology.

Teaching Activity
He always had a very busy teaching activity, first as assistant lecturer in Oporto Medical School, later as tutor of junior doctors and responsible for post graduate training programs. Lately he has had functions of associate professor of Paediatrics in the context of the affiliation of his hospital with three Medical Schools in Oporto and Lisbon. He has been a regular member and often president of national juries for Board Exams for specialist certification in Paediatrics and also in Allergology

Scientific activity
Scientific work in the fields of Paediatrics and Allergology, particularly, in early allergy diagnosis, allergen immunotherapy and allergy epidemiology.
Author of 5 chapters in medical books.
Author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers published in Portuguese and international medical journals, and over 200 presentations and conferences in national and international medical meetings, often as invited speaker.
Participation in several international working groups that produced consensus documents on Specific Immunotherapy and Paediatric Asthma Treatment, namely the PRACTALL consensus on Paediatric asthma treatment, published in January 2008
Participation as principal investigator in 12 international multi-centre clinical trials in the fields of paediatric allergology and respiratory medicine.
Member of the Organizing and Scientific Committee of several national and international Meetings and Congresses on Paediatrics and Allergology, namely, Chairman of the Local Scientific Committee of the EAACI-ERS Paediatrics Joint Meeting 2007, held in Estoril, Portugal.
Peer reviewer of four Portuguese medical journals

Positions in national and international professional and scientific societies and organizations:

1994 -1995 – President of the Portuguese Board of Immunoallergology
Since 2002 – Secretary of the European Training Committee on Paediatric Allergology of SP-EAACI and representative of Paediatric Allergology in the Tertiary Care Working group of the European Academy of Paediatrics (Paediatric section of UEMS-European Union of Medical Specialists)
Since 2009 – President of the Portuguese Board of Paediatrics
2009-2013 – President of the European Board of Paediatrics of UEMS
Since 2011 – Vice-president of the Portuguese Society of Paediatric Allergology of which he was a co-founder.

Other activities
Head of the visiting task force for certification of five Spanish centres in Paediatric Allergology (September and November 2008) and seven Swedish centres (September and November 2011), on behalf of ETC-PA and the European Board of Paediatrics