Helena Prior Filipe MD

Helena Prior Filipe, MD, MSc-Medical Education


  • Doctor in Medicine. Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. 17/20 (1982-1987)
  • Master in Medical Education. Portuguese Catholic University (“E-learning applied to a situation of teaching and learning in Medicine”. Summa Cum Laude (2006-2008)
  • Essential Skills for Continuing Education/ Professional Development ESCEPD Association for Medical Education in Europe AMEE (2015)
  • International CPD Foundations Certificate Program. University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine (2016)

Professional experience

  • Consultant of Ophthalmology. Ocular surface disease and contact lens; cataract and refractive surgery and ultrasound imaging. IOGP (2002-2015), Hospital SAMS (2002-present), Hospital das Forças Armadas/ Polo de Lisboa-EMGFA (2015-present)


  • Tutor of Residency Training Program in Ophthalmology. IOGP (1995-2015)
  • Mentor of medicine students. Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (1995-present)
  • Assistant Professor – Lisbon School of Health Technology. ESTeSL (2002-2008)
  • Teacher in Ophthalmology training sessions for General Practitioners
  • Deputy Director of Residency in Ophthalmology. IOGP (2009-2014)
  • Member jury of Ophthalmology Residency and Consultant contests of the hospitals of the National Health Service (NHS). (2008-present)
  • Member of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Committee on Emerging Technologies for Ophthalmic Teaching and Learning. (2010-present)
  • Faculty in ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators and Educational Symposia (2011-present)
  • Invited discussant in Health Sciences masters (2013-2017)
  • Chairperson of the ICO Committee for reviewing and updating the Contact Lens curriculum of ICO Residency Training Program of Ophthalmology. (2012-2013)
  • Online tutor of ICO Online Courses for Ophthalmic Educators. (2012-present)
  • Chairperson of the ICO Committee for CPD/CME (2013-present)
  • Coordinator of the Lusophone Executive Committee of the PAAO/ICO webinars international program (2014-present)
  • Moderator, Coordinator and Director of morning rounds, scientific meetings round tables, courses and symposia
  • Member of the Jury for Research in Ophthalmology Award
  • Principal investigator (PI) of the:
  • a) Ocular Surface Diseases and Ocular Inflammation domain of IOGP in the European Vision Institute Network. Clinical Trials. Sites of Excellence (EVI.CT.SE). (2008-2015)
  • b) Multidisciplinary team consortium research and industrial organization M-ERA.NET/0007/2012, Surflenses coordinated by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) with a Scholar Grant from Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). (2012-2016)
  • c) Clinical trial Drug Delivery Solutions APs – MC2 Biotek Group.


Author of 60 scientific communications, 57 educational interventions and 51 Lectures as invited Faculty.

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board Member for CPD for the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board Member of EyeNet Magazine for Cornea and External Disease of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2014-present)
  • Editor in Chief of the Website and monthly Newsletter of the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology (2011-2017)

Author of 41 Publications in Ophthalmology and Medical Education and collaboration in 14 textbook chapters

Professional Organizations and Scientific Societies

  1. Treasurer of the Portuguese Society of Interdisciplinary Medical Lasers (SPILM, 2010-2014) and Central Board member of SPILM (2015-present)
  2. Editorial Board Member of the Center for Ophthalmic Educators for CPD/CME (2012-present)
  3. Co-chair of the Virtual Museum of Ophthalmology of the SPO (2013-present)
  4. Board Member of the College of Ophthalmology of the Portuguese General Medical Council (2012-present)
  5. Active Member of Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) (2015-present)
  6. International Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (2015-present)
  7. Member of the ARVO CME Committee (2017-2020)
  8. Member in good standing of 1) Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology (SPO) 2) Portuguese General Medical Council (OM) 3) General Medical Council (GMC) 4) European Surgeons of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) 5) American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 6) Portuguese Society of Interdisciplinary Medical Lasers (SPILM) 7) European Vision  Eye Research  (EVER) 8) Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 9) Association for Research in Vision Ophthalmology (ARVO) 10) Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)


Best Presentation. HP Filipe, HG Mack, KC Golnik. A Guide to Effective CPD/CME Report of an Experience. 19º Congresso Nacional de Medicina e 10º Congresso Nacional do Médico Interno. Faculdade de Medicina da  Universidade Coimbra, 2016

Achievement Award – Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Singapore, 2017