Ricardo Mexia is a Public Health Doctor and Epidemiologist. He is a Field Epidemiologist working mostly in infectious disease surveillance and currently President of the Infectious Disease Control Section of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA-IDC).
He is based at the Epidemiology Department of the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA). He works mostly in Surveillance, having been involved in Mass Gathering Surveillance at national (BOOM Festival, Rock in Rio, Sónar, Andanças, and others) and international events (Pope visit to Fátima 2017, Eurovision 2018, Websummit 2018, World Youth Day 2023).
Ricardo holds a Medical Degree (MD) from the New University of Lisboa, a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the National School of Public Health and a Healthcare Management Degree from the Catholic University of Portugal. For 2 years he worked in Oslo, at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, organized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), graduating from the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET).
He teaches Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Medical Faculty of University of Lisboa (FMUL), Epidemiology at University of Algarve (FMCB- UAlg), Epidemiology at Universidade Atlântica (UAtla) and Healthcare Management and Ethics at Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisboa (ISCSP).
He is currently the President of the Lumiar “Junta de Freguesia” (a 46k inhabitants community in Lisboa)
He was the President of the Portuguese Association of Public Health Doctors (ANMSP) 2016-2022.
He also served as president of ANEM (National Federation of Medical Students), Secretary General of PWG (European Federation of Junior Doctors) and as Vice President of EAN (EPIET Alumni Network). Was a member of the General Secretariat of SIM (Portuguese Medical Union) and was member of the Executive Board of the Ordem dos Médicos (Portuguese Medical Association) as well as chairperson of his Alumni Association (AAAFCML).