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Profile: Professor Henry Campos

- By Wits University

Professor Henry Campos from Brazil will be the keynote speaker at the annual Centre for Rural Seminar. He will speak about expanding health professional training to meet country goals, focusing on his experience in Brazil. The seminar will take place on 8 September 2015 at the Adler Museum, Wits Medical School Parktown.


Professor Henry Campos, MD, PhD, was recently elected rector of the Federal University of Ceará, in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the 2015-2019 term, after serving two terms as vice-rector.

A nephrologist with a special interest in transplant immunology, Professor Campos served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Ceará University, driving the development of two new medical schools in the rural interior, before moving into university leadership, initially as pro-rector of community services, and then vice-rector.

He undertook a Fellowship in Medical Education with the Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) in Philadelphia (2002-2003). He then led the establishment of the FAIMER regional institute in Brazil in 2007.

Since 2013 he has been Special Advisor to the Federal Minister of Education for Education in the Health Professions, and is a consultant to the Brazilian Ministries of Health and Education, presently coordinating the Commission for Expansion of Medical Schools within the Brazilian Federal Universities.

In these positions, he has played a major role in the expansion of medical training that has been taking place in Brazil over the last five years, including the development of 29 new rural medical schools.

He has been a consultant in the implementation, amongst others, of Pro-Med Pro-Saúde (incentives for curricular change in health professional schools), of Pet-Saúde (tutorial program for student community-based work) and specialisation courses for primary health care professionals offered on a large scale by the Open University of the Brazilian Health System.

He is the designated Secretary General of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, a global educational network committed to improving the health of the people and their communities, for the 2015-2019 term.

Other speakers at the seminar include:

  • Professor Vic Exner, Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth – Planning a new medical school in South Africa from the bottom up
  • Dr Diane Parker, Deputy Director-General: University Education, Department of Higher Education and Training – Supporting the scale up of health professional training in South Africa: the role of Higher Education