Jan Lerut, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery – Université catholique Louvain (UCL) Brussels, Belgium

Jan Lerut is Professor of Surgery of the Université catholique of Louvain (UCL)and past Co-director of the Department of Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery, as well as past Director of the UCL transplantation center and of the Starzl Abdominal Transplant Unit, at Saint-Luc University Hospitals in Brussels, in Brussels, Belgium.

Professor Lerut trained in general surgery at the Universities of Leuven (KUL) and UCL in Brussels and the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf. From the very start of his surgical career, he has been involved in organ transplantation. This interest resulted in a hepatobiliary and liver transplantation NATO fellowship accomplished at the Centre Hépato-Biliaire (CHB) Paul Brousse, University of Paris-Sud (Fr) under the lead of Prof. Henri Bismuth and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) under the lead of Prof. Thomas E. Starzl. He was Director of the abdominal transplant program at the University Hospital ‘Inselspital’ of Bern from 1987 to 1991.

Professor Lerut has served as President of the Belgian Transplantation Society (BTS), the Eurotransplant (ET) Organ Procurement and Liver Intestine committees (ET-OPC and ET-ELIAC), the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT), during when he was devoted to the broadening of the European transplant community and the development of an educational master’s program in the field of transplantation, the latter in close collaboration with the UEMS. He is a member of different councils and learning societies related to surgery and transplantation. He remains actively involved in the Belgian Superior Health Council and the Euroliver Foundation awareness campaigns for adolescents in relation to organ donation.

With research interests focusing on the development of technical refinements, the use of minimal immunosuppression, tolerance induction in liver transplantation and the value of liver transplantation in hepatobiliary oncology, Professor Lerut has authored 330 peer-reviewed articles and 24 scientific films. He has given over 600 presentations in national and international congresses. He was Congress Chair of the very successful ESOT 2015 Congress in Brussels.