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Frederik Berrevoet

Prof. dr. F. Berrevoet obtained his medical degree at the Ghent University in 1997 after which he received his surgical training at the University Hospital in Ghent, University Hospital Saarland, Homburg, Germany and Albert Schweitzer Hospital in the Netherlands. He started as a fellow at the department of General Hepatobiliary and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital Ghent in 2004 after which he became a consultant at this department in 2006.

He received the degree of doctor in Medical Science with his public defense of the thesis ‘Progress in synthetic material in abdominal wall repair’ in September 2010 and he obtained the European board of surgery qualification in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery in Zurich, Switzerland in December 2010.

During his training and during his surgical career he did experimental research in different areas of HPB and hernia related surgery. Evaluation of mesh shrinkage in memory ring containing abdominal wall prosthesis, laparoscopic mesh fixation and the use of intraperitoneal mesh devices in surgical management of small midline hernias, as well as management of the open abdomen are the main topics of interest.

Over the years he published more than 70 papers and book chapters in his domain and presented more than 250 times in national and international meetings. His most recent publications involve small midline hernia repair, the use or non-use of memory ring containing prosthesis in inguinal hernias and complex abdominal wall hernias. He participated in several consensus and guidelines meeting involving EHS classification for ventral and incisional  hernias and recommendations for reporting outcome results in abdominal wall repair.
Clinically he participated as primary investigator in more than 25 national and international surgical trials mainly in the field of abdominal wall surgery.

Inneke de Laet

After completing a full residency in general and abdominal surgery, Inneke decided to switch careers to intensive care medicine, but she remained interested in the abdominal compartment. She feels the gut and abdominal organs are underestimated as both cause and consequence of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients, and is dedicated to contribute to a better understanding of this complex and interesting part of human anatomy and physiology. She is currently working as an ICU consultant, is involved in hospital administration and in scientific research concerning the abdominal compartment as related to fluid balance and kidney function.

Michael Sugrue

A Fellow of both the Irish and Australasian College of Surgeons. He qualified in 1981 from University College Galway in 1981 with many undergraduate honours and awards. Michael obtained his MD in 2002 for his work on Intra-abdominal Pressure and Renal Failure, on which he has published widely.   He is ex-president of World Society Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and was convenor of the 2nd and 4th World Congress on the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome He has achieved many awards for pursuit of educational initiatives included the ESR Hughes Medal from Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008. He was a Consultant Surgeon for 15 years at Liverpool Hospital in South West Sydney and Professor of Surgery at UNSW Sydney. He was a cornerstone in the development of DSTC and had taught on over 20 courses around the world.   He enjoys patients and surgery the most and is a very hands-on, technically interested surgeon.  He has published over 200 articles. He returned to Letterkenny in 2008.

Michael Sugrue is currently General, Emergency Surgeon and Breast Surgeon in Letterkenny Hospital and Galway University Hospital Ireland.  He has developed two recent courses in Emergency Surgery and the Open Abdomen which are now run in Portugal, Spain and UK. He lives with Pauline in historic Ramelton in Donegal.   He enjoys a surf. He and is currently leading the drive to develop the National Museum of Medical History and Health and the Donegal Clinical Research Academy

Harry van Goor

Harry van Goor was born in 1957 in Zwolle, the Netherlands, attended medical school between 1975 and 1983 in Groningen, started his surgical training in 1986 after 3 three years of being procurement officer and transplantcoordinator for the Groningen transplant group. After finishing his training in 1992 he did a 2-year fellowship in vascular&transplant surgery. In 1994 he was asked to join the surgical staff of the Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen as a Gastro-intestinal surgeon. He was appointed professor of surgical education in 2013. He is fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 2010, he is Principal Investigator and Principal Lectures, is chair of the master program of the medical school, and is heading the surgical research lab. He authored about 250 papers mainly about the big 5xA postoperative complications (Anastomotic leakage, Adhesions, Abdominal wall defect, Abnormal wound healing&infection, Altered pain mechanisms), and about acute and chronic pancreatitis. He was the first general surgery testing Google Glass in 2013 and is since then heavily engaged in technological and care innovations in surgery.      

Manuel Lopez-Cano


  • MD, PhD.
  • Professor of Surgery at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB).  Accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) joined to  European Quality Register for Higher Education (EQAR).
  • Head of  Abdominal Wall Surgery Unit. University Hospital Vall d’Hebron. Barcelona. Spain.


  • Spanish Association of Surgeons (AEC).
  • Spanish Section for Abdominal Wall Surgery – Secretary.
  • European Hernia Society (EHS). Member of the Advisory Committee for Quality.
  • Sociedad Hispanoamerica de la Hernia (SOHAH). Scientific Committee.

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