Eduardo Castela

President of the Portuguese Telemedicine Association

Cardiologist and President of the Portuguese Telemedicine Association


Eduardo Manuel Alçada da Gama Castela, born in Coimbra.

Specialist in Pediatric cardiology at Hospital Pediátrico de Coimbra – CHUC

He founded the Pediatric Cardiology Service (SCP)

Dr. Castela was nominated Director of Services till November 16, 2017.

He started the Telemedicine project in 1995.

The first “teleconsultation” was in 1998 in collaboration with district hospitals in which national and PALOP’s pediatrics, cardiologists, and obstetricians were able to develop knowledge and skills and

The Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e dos PALOP, supported by the PT and ARS, was founded 20 years ago and it reunites all the District Hospitals of the Region. Giving equal access to pediatric and fetal cardiologic to utentes of the Center Region, which later extended to the north of the country and PALOP was a priority.

He organized courses, congresses, and other educational reunions to Angola, Cape Verde, and S.Tomé.

In 2006 the protocol that created the “Telemedicine Urgences Services 24/24h” was signed with all the district hospitals connected to the project.

He coordinated reunions and scientific meetings and has achieved notorious developments for pediatric cardiology and the Central Region of the country.

“Fetal cardiology did not exist, transesophageal echocardiography  and telemedicine, project that idealised and without it, it wouldn’t exist so soon.” Service of Paediatrics Cardiology in the Central Region”

Member of the following Commissions:

National Commission of Maternal and Child Health nominated by the MS

National Technical Commission for Prenatal Diagnosis nominated by DGS

Member of the Board of Fundação Portuguesa de Cardiologia Centro/ the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology – Center

Registered in Ordem dos Médicos/ the Medical Association, with nº 19684

Senior Pediatric Cardiology Specialist

Services Director

Member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Pediatria/ the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics

Member of the Pediatric Cardiology Section of the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics

Founding Member of the Child Health Association of Coimbra (ASIC)

Member of Associação de Saúde Infantil de Coimbra / the Portuguese Society of Cardiology

Member of the Board of Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia/ the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology-Center

Member of the Echocardiography Study Group/Doppler-Portugal

President of Associação Portuguesa de Telemedicina / the Portuguese Association of Telemedicine/TeleHealth (APT)

Member of the Filiale de Echocardiographie de la Société Française de Cardiologie

Member of the Center for Perinatal Studies

The SCP was recognized as a Service of Excellence by the Hospital Center of Coimbra.

Dr.Eduardo Castela received the following awards from the Minister of Health:

Hospital of the Future Award - 2006

Hospital of the Future Award - 2007

Best Practices Award - 2008

Tribute of the City Council of Coimbra, recognizing the work and 10 years of Telemedicine/Telehealth.

- Individual awards

D. Dinis Award (outstanding personalities in the Center Region) - 2009

Merit Award by Associação Saúde em Português - 2009

Prestige Award by Diário das Beiras – 2013

Named Professional of the Year by the Rotary Club of Coimbra- 2017

Distinguished by the Minister of Health with the Medal of Professional Merit, Gold, 2018



In 1991, Doctor Castela created the Fetal Cardiology consultation in Coimbra. And he implemented transesophageal echocardiography, which was an unknown practice in Portugal till that time, in adult and pediatric cardiology.

In 1998 the Telehealth service, with the support of Portugal Telecom, was extended to all district hospitals in the central region, Vila Real, Luanda, Benguela, Praia, Mindelo, and S. Tomé.

It created conditions for the Serviços de Pediatria do Centro / Center's Pediatric Services for the practice of telemedicine/telehealth and for professionals being capable of responding in real-time.

Dr. Castela/He was nominated the Internal Promoter of Telemedicine/Telehealth by the CA of CHUC and representative of the OM in the National Council of Telehealth.

He always worked exclusively on the SNS.

He is writing a book about the History of Telemedicine/Telehealth in Portugal.

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