President : Professor Jan Lerut

Jan LERUT, MD, PhD trained in General Surgery at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) (B) under the lead of Prof.JA.GRUWEZ and at the H.Heine University of Dusseldorf (G) under the lead of Prof.K.KREMER and at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) (B) under the lead of Prof.PJ.KESTENS. 
From the very start of his surgical career he was involved in organ transplantation. This interest resulted in a transplantation fellowship at the Universities Paris-Sud-Centre Hépatobiliaire Paul Brousse under the lead of Prof. H.BISMUTH and at Pittsburgh Medical Centre under the lead of Prof. Th.STARZL. He was director of the abdominal transplant program at the Inselspital University of Bern (CH) from 1987 to 1991 (Prof.LH.BLUMGART)
Currently he is ordinary Professor of Surgery and Co-director of the Department of Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery as well as Director of the Starzl Abdominal Transplant Unit of the University Hospitals Saint Luc and of the UCL Transplant Centre in Brussels.
He has served as president of the Belgian Society of Transplantation (BST), as chairman of the Eurotransplant (ET) Liver Allocation Committee (ELIAC) and as President of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). He is member of different councils and learning societies related to surgery and transplantation as well of the Belgian Superior Health Council. He is active in the EUROLIVER Foundation awareness campaigns for adolescents in relation to organ donation.
Under his Presidency of the ELIAC, the MELD system was introduced within the ET community. His presidency of ESOT was devoted to the broadening of the European transplant community and to the development of a master educational program in the field of transplantation. He was chosen president-elect of International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) in 2014. In September 2015 , he will host the 17th bi-annual ESOT congress in Brussels.He is a member of 22 learning societies.
He authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 24 books chapters and 24 scientific films. He made more than 600 communications on national and international congresses, most of them devoted to liver transplantation. He recently co-edited the book Regenerative Medicine Applications in Organ Transplantation (Academic press).
His research interests focus on the development of technical refinements in liver transplantation and on the use of minimal immunosuppression and tolerance induction in liver transplantation.
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Director : Professor Jean-Bernard OTTE

Prof. Jean-Bernard Otte was trained  at UCL, in USA and Paris.

He has spent his entire career at UCL-Université Catholique de Louvain, first at Sint-Pieters Ziekenhuis in Leuven until 1976,  later on at Cliniques Saint-Luc, Brussels until  his retirement in 2002.

At UCL, he  developed since 1972  a department of pediatric surgery, discipline until then absent at UCL, and a liver transplant program from 1984. In fact, this program started in Leuven in 1969 with Prof. Paul-Jacques Kestens.They performed in 1969 one of the very first liver transplant in an adult and in 1971 the first European successful liver transplant in a young child. The liver transplant program included an adult section, managed with coworkers, Prof. Bernard de Hemptinne and, since 1971, with Prof.Jan Lerut, and a pediatric section to which he was particularly dedicated. This pediatric program was immediately created in a multidisciplinary fashion (including hepatologists, anesthetists, intensivists, pathologists, radiologists , operative theatre, nursing care, psychologists…) with a holistic vision of the ill child. This feature being  unique in the 90’s attracted the confidence of pediatric hepatologists in various European and non-European countries..This collaboration was coupled with the training of many foreign colleagues. The Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc have gained considerable experience in this area, exceeding more than 800 cases in 2015 due to the continuation of the program by Prof.Jean de Ville de Goyet (current director of the pediatric liver transplant program at Bambino Gesu, Rome) and Prof.Raymond Reding, current successor of Prof. Otte . The shortage of postmortem grafts led them to develop a program of liver transplantation with parental living donor , with a total  experience currently exceeding over 250 cases.

On the academic side, Jean-Bernard Otte was Professor at the UCL where he teached pediatric surgery at the medical school. He was elected at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium in 1993 which he chaired in 2013. In addition to the usual implications of the presidency, he particularly endeavored to focus on organ transplantation and pediatric medicine, by recruiting new members and organizing various symposia, with, for many of them, the close collaboration with the Koninklijke Academie voor Geneeskunde van Belgie.

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Director : Philippe TOB

Philippe Tob is the second son of Herman Tob. Mr. Tob is a civil chemical engineer, specialized in water purification and membrane based solutions. He holds a MBA in General Management from the Vlerick Business School.