Paulo A. Lotufo 

Role: Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Universidade de São Paulo School of Medicine (FMUSP) and Director of Center for Clinical and Epidemiologic Research. Principal Investigator of the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil).

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Lotufo is in charge of the Primary Care Program for undergraduate students and the General Internal Medicine rotation for undergraduate and medical residents. Lotufo’s research interests include cardiovascular and diabetes epidemiology. 

The primary goal of Lotufo’s work in preventive cardiology is to create risk prediction scores for hypertension, diabetes, myocardial infarction and stroke based on Brazilian populations. The Framingham Risk Score and other from different communities have been applied with no success in Brazil, a racially admixed society with a particular dietary pattern.

Lotufo’s team of the “Center” in São Paulo has been dedicated to other studies related to identifying determinants of survival after a myocardial infarction or after stroke; for a nonpharmacological treatment of depression; follow-up of persons with renal impairment and the influence of vegetarian diet on atherosclerosis. 

Paulo A. Lotufo earned his M.D. (1980, MPH (1993) and Doctor of Public Heatlh (1996) Universidade de São Paulo (USP). From 1997 to 1999, Lotufo was a visiting scientist at the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women´s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His scientific production includes approximately 510 papers, over 150 of which were completed in the past two years.H-index =80 (ISI).