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.