Prof Raf Bisschops
Head of Endoscopy
University Hospital Leuven, Belgium
Raf Bisschops obtained his Medical Degree at the University of Leuven in 1997. During his training in internal medicine he followed the doctoral program at the doctoral school of KU Leuven and obtained a PhD in 2005. Since 2005, he has been working as a staff member at the department of gastroenterology and was appointed associate head of clinic in 2006 and assistant professor in 2007 and associate professor in 2018 at the KU Leuven, faculty of medicine. In October 2013 he became head of endoscopy, which serves as a multidisciplinary activity center hosting services for the departments for gastroenterology, hepatology, pneumology and pediatrics, with a yearly performance of over 30.000 endoscopic procedures.
His main focus of research lies currently in advanced endoscopic imaging and therapeutics with a main interest in premalignant conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, HNPCC, ulcerative colitis and colorectal polyps. He is also actively involved in the motility clinic with a special interest in the link between gastrointestinal motility and endoscopy, hence his interest in peroral endoscopic myotomy.
Raf Bisschops is a member and co-editor of the Editorial board of Endoscopy. He is a board member of ESGE since 2016 and chairman of the ESGE quality improvement committee and ESGE curriculum working group.