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Joana Maria Osorio, MD

Maria Joana Osario, MD
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Lisbon, Portugal

College/Medical School

Faculdade de Ciências Médicas Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)


Writing and reading poetry, backpack traveling, world music, dancing, scuba diving, playing guitar, enjoying sunset! I have published two poetry books in Portuguese named “Árvore Dançante/Dancing tree” and “LuAr Fértil/Fertile moonlight”. Adding poetry to Neurology combines the beauty and humanism of our medical world!

Untitled (in Portuguese)
Irrompe o silêncio de um acorde primordial
Eco virgem
Celebra a permanência
Em gotas que se alastram
Fluindo como água esquiva e infiltrante

O movimento é expansivo
Alargando, as margens reiniciam vénias
As águas sagradas e leves
Prolongam os cantos
Pronunciam encantos
E são cantos o som do seu chocalhar

O insustentável peso de uma beleza densa.

(in English)
The primordial chord breaks the silence
The virgin echo
Celebrates the permanence
Into droplets that dissipate
Flowing like infiltrating and escaping water

The movement spreads and expands
The banks bow in celebration
The light and holy waters
Prolong the path
Pronounce the light
and songs are sung by their rippling sound.
The unbearable weight of a dense beauty


I love backpacking on long trips so that I am able to know more deeply a country’s culture and people! I have been in India, Africa (Senegal, Mozambique, Republic of São Tomé, Morocco), Ecuador (Galapagos Islands was one of the most incredible places I have ever been), Brazil, Canada and many places in Europe. I have been involved in Global Health projects during some of these trips and I plan to develop more projects in the Neurology field and to add this travelling pleasure to the enthusiasm of Neurology!

Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and some French.

Like About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

I am very happy to have had the opportunity to be at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh! The program provides excellent learning opportunities and the environment is very supportive and attentive to our learning. The high amount of patients and diverse pathologies definitely provides us with a comprehensive exposure to neurologic pediatric diseases and that was one of the main things I was looking for in my residency. Throughout the year, clinical rounds and conferences offer great teaching. Interesting discussions are common and contributions from junior and senior residents are always welcome. I was also interested in research and I found multiple opportunities to start or to collaborate in research projects since the first years of the residency. The research center is very large and you can find projects and mentors in diverse areas.

I am very happy and grateful for all I have been learning here! You can be sure to feel an important part of this big team and you will certainly have the needed support during these years of exponential learning!

Last Update
August 21, 2012
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Last Update
August 21, 2012