Dr. Lieven Maene
Course director Endovascular
Dr. Koen Deloose
Course director Endovascular
Prof. Philippe Noirhomme
Dr. Emiliano Navarra
Dr. Koen Traen
Prof. Dr. Ram Subramaniam
Dr. Geertrui Meganck
Prof. Dr. Michel Degueldre
Dr. Nicola fossati
Dr. Alessandro Larcher
Dr. Alessandro Larcher graduated in 2011 at San Raffaele Vita-Salute University in Milan.
He is currently in the final year of the Residency Program in Urology under the Direction of Professor Francesco Montorsi. Since the beginning of the program, he has developed a strong passion towards robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgery and he is member of the EAU Junior ERUS / Young Academic Urologist Robotic Surgery Group since the group establishment in 2011.
Dr. Alessandro Larcher developed his scientific career as active researcher at the Urological Research Institute of San Raffaele Hospital since the Institute foundation in 2010. Moreover, in 2014 he attended the Cancer Prognostics and Health Outcomes Unit at the University of Montreal Health Centre under the direction of Professor Pierre I. Karakiewicz for a research fellowship.
Dr. Alessandro Larcher has authored more than 75 peer-review scientific papers published in international journals indexed in Pubmed and Scopus, with a total H-index of 14, a total citation rate of 668 and a total impact factor of 402. Likewise, he authored more than 100 abstract presented at the EAU and the AUA annual meetings. He is active as journal reviewer for the Journal of Urology, European Urology Focus, BJU International, the International Journal of Urology, and the Canadian Urological Association Journal. He is also member of the European Association of Urology, the American Urological Association
and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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Anne-Françoise Spinoit, native French speaker, (1980, Vilvoorde, Belgium) graduated as a medical doctor at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2006. She started her training in general surgery in Wallonia (Grand Hôpital de Charleroi; Hôpital de Jolimont) before she went on with her Urology residency at the University Hospital Picardie-Jules Verne in the Department of Urology and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant in the gorgeous city of Amiens, France. She went back to Belgium, in the Dutch-speaking part this time, to graduate as urologist from the Ghent University Hospital in 2013 en became Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU).
She started there her congenital penile malformations research line in 2011. She took also the chance during her residency to get exposure to robotics during her rotation in the OLV Institute for Robotic Surgery in Aalst ( Prof. Mottrie).
In 2013, she started a 2- years fellowship in pediatric urology in Ghent (Prof.Hoebeke), which is a JCPU official centre, leading to the title of Fellow of the European Association for Pediatric Urology (FEAPU). During her fellowship, she visited several centers of excellence : She obtained an EAU grant for a 3 months Clinical Visit at the Leeds Teaching Hospital (Prof Subramaniam) and visited the Lurie’s Childrens hospital (Dr. Lindgren en Dr. Liu) and the University of Chicago (Prof Gundeti) to improve her robotic skills in children. She obtained a national grant allowing cooperation with the Sisters of the Charity Clinic in Linz, Austria regarding research in hypospadias (Prof. Oswald).
A-F Spinoit developed a particular
interest and expertise in pediatric robotic surgery and hypospadias. Her PhD about ‘new insights in congenital penile malformations’ was successfully defended in 2015 and she became Fellow in Pediatric Urology in 2016. During the past few years,
Anne-Françoise Spinoit was author and co-author of more than 35 articles in national and international journals and keynote speaker at multiple national and international conferences. Her work was rewarded with many scientific awards and research grants. She is also reviewer for numerous urologic and pediatric journals and member of multiple urological associations, with a role as a board member in the Young Academic Urologist Expert group and was the co-foundator, with Bernhard Haid from Linz, of the ESPU Young Pediatric Urologists Club.
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Dr. Alberto Breda PhD
After graduating with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Padua in 1999, he completed his residency in Urology at the University of Padua (2004). In 2004 he went on to a PhD Degree in Renal Cryotherapy.
He worked as Associate Professor at the University of California (UCLA) during 6 years, where he learned minimally invasive surgery techniques, both laparoscopic and robotic and endoscopic surgery with flexible instruments and laser. He also was the director of the renal cryotherapy program. In 2009 he joined the Fundació Puigvert as Head of Renal Transplant Surgical Team of the Urology Department.
His main interests are focused in open and robotic kidney transplant, living donor kidney transplant, minimally invasive robotic surgery for kidney and prostate carcinoma and upper urinary tract (UTUC) with flexible ureteroscopy techniques and laser as well as focal treatment of prostate cancer.
He has presented more than 200 papers at scientific meetings, some of them awarded, and has participated as a speaker and performed laparoscopic and robotic live surgeries in many international scientific meetings. He has authored more than 70 articles in indexed urological journals and 4 chapters in books on Urology as well as several videos on surgical techniques.
He is a member of several editorial boards of national and international journals and member of several scientific societies, including the Spanish Urological Association (AEU), the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the Italian Society of Urology (SIU).
Since 2015 he is Chairman of the European Guidelines in Kidney Transplantation and in 2016 he was appointed as Chairman of the Laparoscopic group of the ESUT/EAU and Director of Robotic Courses in Kidney Transplantation ERUS/EAU.
In July 2015 he led at the Fundacio Puigvert in Barcelona the first full kidney transplant with robotic surgery in Europe.
Surgeon General Surgery Department at Hospital da Luz (since 2007)
Surgery Department Coordinator
and Metabolic Surgery Department Coordinator
AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND
Since residency, special interest in Colorectal
400 surgical interventions in transabdominal colorectal surgery, of which over 300 for oncological disease:
low anterior resections,
More than 90% of these were minimal
invasive procedures (laparoscopic or robotic).
transanal total mesorectal excisions (TaTME). (Implemented and developing this technique
at Hospital da Luz – Lisboa – Portugal and Hospital Beatriz Ângelo – Loures -
local excisions for high grade dysplasia or T1 invasive carcinoma of the distal/medial
TAMIS (trans-anal minimally invasive surgery).
Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
and developer of the Obesity Treatment Center at Hospital de São Francisco
Xavier – Lisbon – Portugal in 2004.
to perform through minimal invasive approach all known and recognized surgical
procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes: Roux-en-Y
Gastric Bypass, Sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and Scopinaro procedure.
more than 225 surgical procedures in this area, including more than 110
laparoscopic and more than 60 robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypasses.
invasive and robotic surgery
first robotic adrenalectomy in Portugal
assistant at the first robotic low anterior resection in Portugal
assistant at the first robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in Iberia Peninsula
a total of more than 2000 laparoscopic or robotic surgical procedures
Dr. Karel Decaestecker
Dr. Karel Decaestecker is Adjunct Head of Clinic at the department of Urology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He graduated magna cum laude as Master in Medicine in 2006 and completed his residency in Urology in 2012 at Ghent University Hospital. In 2012, he became Fellow of the European Board of Urology with the second highest score. On September 11th, 2015, he succesfully defended his Ph.D. on Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence at Ghent University. He had his training in robotic surgery in 2011 in AZ Groeninge Kortrijk and OLV Aalst, Belgium. He has performed over 500 robotic procedures, mainly in the field of uro-oncology. He was trained by Prof. Dr. Abolfazl Hosseini (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden) in robotic cystectomy and totally intracorporeal urinary diversion and has performed over 100 procedures, including 50 intracorporeal neobladder reconstructions. He performed the first robotic kidney transplantation in Belgium in april 2016 after training at ORSI academy by Prof. Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat (New Dehli, India) and Dr. Alberto Breda (Fundacion Puigvert, Barcelona). Dr. Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific parties, including the Young Academic Urologists Expert Group (section Urothelial Cancer), the European Group of Robotic Kidney Transplantation, the EAU Robotic Urology Section Scientific Working Group, the European Uro-Oncology Group and the Belgian Association of Urology. Dr. Decaestecker has written or colaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology and minimal invasive surgery. He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists.
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Prof. Dr. Alexandre Mottrie
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Mottrie is head of Urology at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium. He graduated in 1988 from the School of Medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and completed his residency in 1994 at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany where he was a Staff Member until 1996. Later, he was a Fellow in Washington University St.-Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. where he improved his laparoscopic skills. Since 1996, he is Urologist in the O.L.V. Hospital in Aalst, Belgium, where he launched the robotic surgery program in 2001. On December 5th 2011, he successfully defended his Ph.D. in the University of Saarland, Homburg-Saar, Germany.
Prof. dr. Mottrie is a pioneer in minimal invasive surgery and robotic surgery. Since 2001, he developed different types of robotic surgery and is one of the most experienced surgeons in the robotic field, with more than 3500 procedures on his track record. In 2010, Prof. dr Mottrie founded the Orsi Academy.
Prof. Dr. Mottrie is very scientifically involved. He has authored multiple scientific papers and organized several international congresses and masterclasses. He is actively involved in congresses by performing live-surgery, giving courses and/or lectures. He is the scientific director of the ERUS-congresses and the Global Congresses on Prostate Cancer (Prosca). Also, he is the founding president of the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) and the past president of the Belgian Laparoscopic Urology Group (BLUG). He is also founding board member of the Society of Robotic Surgeons (SRS) and is actually its President. He is Guest professor in the Universität des Saarlandes Homburg-Saar (Germany), the Global Robotic Institute Florida Hospital (Orlando, USA) and the University of Ghent (Belgium).