Jan PM Lerut

Jan PM Lerut

Jan PM Lerut
Professor, Department of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation
Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium


Jan LERUT, MD, PhD (February 18th, 1951) was trained in General Surgery at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) (B), the H.Heine University of Dusseldorf (G) and at the Université catholique de  Louvain (UCL) (BE). From the start of his surgical career he was very involved in the field of organ transplantation. This interest resulted in a hepatobiliary and transplantation fellowship at the University Paris-Sud - Centre Hépatobiliaire under the lead of Prof. Bismuth and at the University Pittsburgh Medical Centre under the lead of Prof. Starzl.He was director of the abdominal transplant program at the Inselspital University of Bern (CH) from 1987 to 1991. Currently he is ordinary Professor of Surgery, Director of the Abdominal Transplant Unit of the University Hospital Saint Luc and Director of the UCL Transplant Center in Brussels. He has served as president of the Belgian Society of Transplantation, as chairman of the Eurotransplant 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. He is active in the Euroliver awareness campaigns for adolescents in relation to organ donation.Under his Presidency of the ELIAC, the MELD system was introduced within the Eurotransplant 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 has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, he authored 24 books chapters and 24 scientific films. He made more than 500 communications on national and international congresses, most of them devoted to liver transplantation. 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.


Research Interest

Technical refinements in liver transplantation, of steroid sparing and
minimisation immunosuppression and oncological liver transplantation.