All the president's men
Eduardo Barroso, a general surgeon by training, specialised in transplant surgery in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in the early '80s. In 1986, he became doctor to the Portuguese president and remains presidential doctor to the current president. He has developed a prolific career in the Portuguese media as a television guest and commentator, newspaper columnist, and author of four books.
I always wanted to become a liver surgeon, and to treat liver diseases; I also had to know how to do transplants. I think a liver-biliary surgeon must offer a transplant as the only alternative to terminal chronic liver disease. So rather than a transplant surgeon, I consider myself a liver-biliary surgeon who also does transplants.
I went to Cambridge because I knew there was a lack of professionals working in liver surgery at the time in Portugal. Nowadays, my transplant centre is the only one in Portugal which also does renal transplants, and we will soon begin doing pancreatic transplants as well.
I have been on dozens of presidential trips all around the world. I have had the opportunity to see things. For instance, when I went to Russia I stayed in the Kremlin, in the room where Catherine the Great had her affairs. And Mikhail Gorbachev himself gave