Orlando Monteiro da Silva receives honorary doctorate from University of Porto

January 13, 2014

Orlando Monteiro da SilvaThe University of Porto conferment of degree doctor honoris causa to Orlando Monteiro da Silva, by proposal of the Faculty of Dental Medicine. It’s the first time that a dentist is recognised in Portugal.

With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto is currently one the most prestigious higher education institutions of Europe.

A public institution close to 32,000 students, 2,400 teachers and researchers along with 1,600 administrative staff attend its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across three university campuses located in the city of Porto.

With 14 faculties and a business school, the University of Porto provides an exceptional variety of courses, covering the whole range of study areas and all levels of higher education. In fact, offering over 600 training programmes per year (from degrees to continuous professional training), the University of Porto has teaching solutions for everyone.

The immediately previous distinguished was Jean-Claude Juncker in 2013. See all 79 contemplated here since 1921.

Biography Note

Orlando Monteiro da Silva was born in Porto and graduated in dentistry from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Porto.

President of the Portuguese Dental Association since 2001, Orlando Monteiro da Silva has occupied several functions both in national and international prominent institutions.

In 2003 he was elected to the board of the Council of European Dentists, CED, having later served a mandate as its president, between 2006 and 2009.

In 2004, he was a candidate for the council of FDI – World Dental Federation, having become the first Portuguese person to assume decision-making functions within this global organization of dentistry. He promoted the adhesion of East Timor, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and the Lusophone Dental Association to the FDI.

University of PortoThe importance of advocating for Portuguese dentists and dentistry both nationally and internationally, as well as for the relevance of learning and of bringing experiences from abroad, have marked his work as President of the Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, regulatory body of the profession in Portugal.

In 2011 he acted as president of FDI – World Dental Federation, a position he occupied until the end of his term in August 2013.

In 2011, he was elected president of the National Council of Professional Associations (CNOP) and in 2012 he took office as councillor of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council, for four years from 2011 to 2015.


22º aniversário da FMDUP. Eu vou…

January 4, 2012

fmdup-22anosA Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade do Porto (FMDUP) comemora no próximo dia 6 de janeiro, sexta-feira, o seu 22 º aniversário com mais um Dia da FMDUP, que tem início às 09:30 horas, no Auditório da FMDUP.

Terei oportunidade de fazer uma intervenção sobre o tema “A medicina dentária portuguesa no enquadramento internacional”.

Consulte o programa completo na página oficial do evento.


U.Porto Alumni veio conhecer-me melhor

January 3, 2012

Na viragem do primeiro Centenário da Universidade do Porto, a U.Porto Alumni publicou uma entrevista comigo, que está disponível para consulta em pdf.

U.Porto Alumni Magazine

Pequeno exerto da entrevista:

Orlando Monteiro da Silva assegura que a Ordem é hoje encarada como um “parceiro credível”, acrescentando ainda que a entidade que lidera foi responsável “pela mudança de uma visão da medicina dentária quase grotesca, em que a dor surgia associada à profissão”. Contudo, reconhece que, em Portugal, “ainda falta fazer o percurso da acessibilidade da população à medicina dentária. O Programa Nacional de Promoção da Saúde Oral [conhecido por “cheque-dentista”] foi um avanço bastante grande, mas apenas para alguns grupos especiais da população e não para a generalidade dos cidadãos”.

Como bastonário, Orlando Monteiro da Silva passou a participar em reuniões das ordens e associações socioprofissionais europeias. E daí surgiu a vontade de uma intervenção ao mais alto nível nas organizações corporativas internacionais, acabando por ser eleito, em 2006, presidente do Conselho Europeu dos Dentistas. Essa vontade de intervenção à escala global levou-o ainda mais longe: à Federação Dentária Internacional, cuja presidência assumiu em 2011. “Gostei muito de ter consciência de que alguns dos nossos problemas não são só nossos – são transversais. A abordagem internacional permite contactar realidades diferentes e trazer algumas coisas para Portugal. Ajuda-me imenso no cargo que exerço cá”, assegura o bastonário.


Ready for 2012!

January 1, 2012

100% ready for 2012!
North Atlantic, Porto
Seawater temperature: 15 ° C
Outdoor temperature: 10 ° C
1st January, 11:00 AM…


15 km (9.4 miles)

June 30, 2011

Porto, my city, has June as the highlight of the most famous, traditional and colored festivities of the year. Every 24 June Porto citizens celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist. This municipal holiday had celebrated this year its centenary.

Porto gets dressed up with joy, lights, sound and a lot of frenzy. Everyone jumps to the streets, to celebrate this patron saint, which is a mixture of pagan festivities with religious celebrations. There is place for all kind of tastes and different activities.

Some of them come out onto the streets to launch the traditional St. John paper balloons into the sky providing hundreds of points of light, and to fill up the banks of the Douro River to watch the fireworks. Almost the Porto streets have music and crowds of people dancing, too.

By my side, I had jumped to join the traditional St. John Race. Just around 1900 people crossed the line. It was a good race to improve and test my shape! 9.4 miles nonstop!

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