Professor Fatima Cardoso is the Director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Cancer Clinical in Lisbon, Portugal. Professor Cardoso earned her medical degree at the University of Porto in Portugal and completed fellowships in the Translational Research Unit of the Jules Bordet Institute (IJB) in Brussels, Belgium, and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She then worked for 10 years as Assistant Professor at the Medical Oncology Clinic of the IJB where, besides her clinical work, she was active in the Translational Research Unit and was responsible for phase II-III trials in breast cancer.
Professor Cardoso is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. Professor Cardoso’s research interests include biology of breast cancer, prognostic and predictive markers of response to systemic therapy, and new anticancer agents. She is actively involved in a number of phase I-III breast cancer clinical trials and served as the scientific Director of the international research network TRANSBIG for 7 years (EU Framework VI).
Professor Cardoso is also actively involved in numerous professional organisations such as the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Cancer Organization (ECCO), EORTC, ASCO, and AACR where she serves on several committees, is a Board Member and Chair of the National Representatives Committee of ESMO, the current Chair of the EORTC-Breast Cancer Group, member of the ASCO International Affairs Committee and ASCO Breast Cancer Guideline Advisory Group. She is also the Breast Cancer Program Coordinator of the European School of Oncology and Chair of the Advanced Breast Cancer International Consensus Guidelines Conference (ABC).
Professor Cardoso is editor-in-chief of The Breast Journal, associate editor of the European Journal of Cancer, and an editorial board member of several other journals. She has received several educational and research grants from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, ESMO, ECCO, the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, the Portuguese League Against Cancer, the Portuguese Ministry of Health, the Free University of Brussels, the "Fonds Jean-Claude Heuson", the Fondation Lambeau-Marteau, the Belgian Federation Against Cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the European Union Framework VI Programme. She was awarded the prestigious Order of Santiago de Espada for Scientific Merit from the President of Portugal on 10 June 2015. Professor Cardoso has authored over 230 publications and has presented her work nationally and internationally.