Leprosy Mailing List – December 5th, 2011
Ref.: Commemoration of the Civil Servant Day in Brazil. FIOCRUZ initiative to honor its workers.From: P A M Schreuder, Maastricht, The Netherlands
José Augusto da Costa Nery, MD, PhD - Professor of Dermatology, University Gama Filho, FIOCRUZ and Santa Casa, Rio de Janeiro
José Augusto was born and studied medicine in Belém, Pará, Brazil. In 1982, he came to Rio de Janeiro to do a 2-years post-graduate course in dermatology. He always was interested in the public health side of dermatology and became involved through Prof. Dr. Maria Leide W. de Oliveira in the Hanseníasis programme of Caxias, Rio de Janeiro. When Dr. Maria Leide became National Hanseníasis Coordinator at the Ministry of Health of Brazil in 1986, she invited Prof. Dr. Euzenir Sarno to set up a Leprosy National Referral Centre at FIOCRUZ (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and to start research in Hanseníasis. José Augusto was then invited to help to re-start and give new life to the Hanseníasis Outpatient Department of FIOCRUZ. He has many scientific publications to his name.
José Augusto is one of the few dermatologists interested in public health, and his two main areas of interest are Hanseníasis (FIOCRUZ and Santa Casa) and Sexual Transmitted Diseases (Santa Casa). He must be one of the very few dermatologists who do not have a private practice. He is Professor of Dermatology, University Gama Filho and supervises residents in dermatology and medical students at FIOCRUZ and Santa Casa. He is a very dedicated Doctor to his patients and an excellent and compassionate teacher, and has a very gentle personality.
With great respect we would like to praise this initiative of FIOCRUZ, an international well-known research Centre in many fields of medicine, to honor its workers. We, readers of LML, we are very pleased to extend our congratulations to José Augusto.
Pieter AM Schreuder