Prof. Dr. Ricardo Horta

Plastic Surgeon

Ricardo Horta is a specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Graduate Hospital Assistant at Hospital de São João in Oporto, and also a University Professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Oporto.

He did a specific internship in Microsurgery and Craniomaxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei (Linkou) – Taiwan, Republic of China. He developed his training in Aesthetic Surgery at Clínica Planas in Barcelona (Spain) and at UT Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas, Texas (USA).

He developed, as part of his doctoral thesis, a research project in the area of ​​facial disfigurement: microsurgical reconstruction of major defects and facial transplantation, which is one of his interest areas, in partnership with the School of Medicine of the University of Oporto.


He has more than 100 scientific publications, the vast majority as first author, in prestigious indexed international journals (medline) with scientific arbitration, in all areas of specialty intervention: reconstructive, aesthetics, microsurgery, hand surgery, maxillofacial surgery and burns . He has had several articles cited in major specialty magazines. He described innovative techniques in the dissection of flaps, new reconstructive and aesthetic surgical procedures. He was a guest reviewer of scientific papers published in international journals. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He authored a chapter in a book on traumatic hand surgery; he wrote a book on mandibular reconstruction in the context of osteonecrosis.

He belongs to the editorial board of the international magazine Advances in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He presented more than 200 scientific papers at congresses; he has been a speaker and moderator of national and international scientific sessions on several occasions.

He practices the concept of “total plastic surgery”. Within his surgical activity over the last few years in the public sector, he highlights several highly complex surgeries, involving teamwork with colleagues from Plastic Surgery, or in collaboration with other specialties. Based on a solid and differentiated surgical background, he is able to deal with all kinds of situations or complications. In the private sphere, he has intuition and interest in performing all types of cosmetic surgeries, namely facial cosmetic surgery, breast surgery or body contouring.

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