Founder and CEO of the Radiology Group JCC Diagnostic Imaging in 1987
Graduated in Medicine by the Faculty of Medicine of Porto, completed in 1978. Specialist in Radiology since 1987, having obtained the final classification of 19 values and recognized by the Order of Physicians by unanimity with Distinction. He also acquired the competence in Neuroradiology, according to Certificate issued by the College of Radiodiagnostic of the Order of Physicians.
Founded the first JCC Diagnostic Imaging Clinic at Viana do Castelo in 1987, originally designated by Consultório João Carlos Costa - Diagnóstico por Imagem. In 2004, this clinic changed to new facilities, incorporating independently the building of the Private Hospital of Viana do Castelo. Additionally, since that date, Dr. João Carlos Costa is also one of the founding partners of the Private Hospital of Viana do Castelo.
Dr. João Carlos Costa developed in Portugal Percutaneous Interventional Radiology in an innovative way, including interventional procedures on the spine (disc decompression nucleotomy by laser and ozone, vertebroplasty, treatment of narrow spinal canal and radicular pain through epidural and foraminal infiltrations, treatment of facet syndrome with facet joints infiltrations); treatment of pain in oncologic patients (trans-aortic celiac plexus, dorsal or hypogastric neurolysis); treatment of palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis through ethanol sympatholysis, percutaneous biopsies procedures, nephrostomy, placement of prosthesis in the urinary tract, and he was also the pioneer in the percutaneous placement of prostheses in the bile ducts.
Since 1987: JCC Diagnostic Imaging.
1987: Creation of the first JCC Diagnostic Imaging Clinic at Viana do Castelo - the first Radiology Unit of Alto-Minho sub-region, with ultrasound, mammography and computed tomography (CT) and later in 1994, installing the first Magnetic Resonance (MR).
1998: Creation of JCC Diagnostic Imaging Unit at Bragança.
2010: Creation of JCC Diagnostic Imaging Clinic at Vila Real.
2018: Creation of JCC Diagnostic Imaging Clinic at Braga.
Since 2015: Service agreement for CT scans on Private Hospital of Barcelos.
Since 2012: Creation of a new Radiology Clinic at Luanda: CDIL - Diagnostic Imaging Unit, with MR, CT, Mammography, Ultrasound and Conventional Radiology, Angola.
2012-2013: Assumes the Direction of the Radiology Department of Hospital-Escola from Fernando Pessoa University.
2011-2017: Co-management of and Service agreement with the Radiology Department of the Hospital Clínica Girassol at Luanda, Angola.
2010 - 2015: Creation and Service agreement of an MR Unit of the Private Hospital of Guimarães - Casa de Saúde de Guimarães.
2009 - 2016: Creation and management of a Diagnostic Imaging Unit in the Hospital São José da Santa Casa da Misericórdia - Arcos de Valdevez, in collaboration with local Santa Casa da Misericórdia, equipped with CT, Ultrasound, Mammography and Conventional Radiology.
2006 - 2009: Creation and Service agreement of an MRI Unit at Trofa Hospital, Trofa.
2004-2012: Creation and Service agreement of a CT Unit at Centro Hospitalar do Nordeste – Unidade Hospitalar de Macedo de Cavaleiros.
2004 - 2008: Assumes the Direction and Management of the Radiology Department of Viana do Castelo Hospital – ULSAM - Hospital de Santa Luzia.
1998 - 2016: Creation and Service agreement of a CT Unit at Hospital de Fão, in collaboration with the local Santa Casa da Misericórdia.
Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Prof. Dr. Donald Resnick, Sandiego, USA.
1996: Fellowship in Neuroradiology at Hospital de La Zarzuela, Dr. Luis López-Ibor, Madrid, Spain.
1996: Collaboration with the creation of a CT Unit on the Hospital of Mirandela with development of Tele-radiology and training of radiology technicians.
1995: Teaching File Fellowships, Level I and II, Magnetic Resonance at Christ Hospital, Dr. Stephen J. Pomeranz, Cincinnati, USA.
1989: Fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Neuroradiology at Provincial Medical-Surgical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela - first service equipped with MR of Spain, Dr. Luis López-Ibor.
1988: Fellowship of Computed Tomodensitometry at the University Hospital of San Carlos, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Cesar Sanchez A-Pedrosa, Madrid, Spain.
1987-1988: Assistant Radiologist at Viana do Castelo Hospital – Hospital de Santa Luzia.
1985-1987: Guest assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, teaching the discipline of Radiological Semiotics, by invitation of Prof. Dr. Adolfo Pinto Leite.
1983 - 1987: Radiology residency program at Viana do Castelo Hospital. During training he did internships in multiple Institutions, emphasizing:
- Uro-Radiology Department, Edouard-Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France
- Computed Tomography Unit of University Hospital of San Carlos, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Cesar Sanchez A-Pedrosa, Madrid, Spain
- Neuroradiology Department of Egas Moniz Hospital, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Cruz Maurício, Lisbon, Portugal.
- Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Santa Maria Hospital, for obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound, under the guidance of Dr. Hélia Castro Botas and Prof. Pratas Ferreira, Lisbon, Portugal.
Author of several articles and books.