Toni Lerut, MD
Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Toni Lerut obtained his MD degree and his training in General Surgery at the Catholic University in Leuven Belgium after which he trained as a registrar in Thoracic Surgery to Mr. Ronald Belsey in Bristol, UK. In 1982, he obtained a guest scholarship in the Department of Surgery, University of Chicago (Prof. Dr. D. Skinner, Prof. Dr. T DeMeester). These contacts furthered his interest in thoracic and esophageal surgery and thoracic oncology. A visiting Professorship in 1988 at the Department of Thoracic Surgery of University of Toronto (Prof Dr. FG Pearson and Prof. Dr. J Cooper) stimulated his interest for Lung transplantation.
In 1994 Prof. Dr. Lerut was appointed as the Chairman of the newly founded Department of General Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Leuven, Belgium. Recruting faculty members who in turn quickly gained a high international profile the department became an internationally acknowledged leading centre in Thoracic & Esophageal surgery and Lung Transplantation attracting numerous international fellows.
Prof. Lerut has been credited for having introduced the concept and technique. of video mediastinoscopy to the Thoracic surgery community.
Prof. Lerut authored or co-authored over 300 articles in international peer reviewed journals, over 80 book chapters, and numerous editorials and reviews and has been awarded honorary fellowships of several prestigious organisations e.g. American Association of Thoracic Surgery, American Surgical Association, The American College of Surgeons, The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons of England, Society of Cardio-Thoracic surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland etc.
Prof. Lerut has served as the President of the two major European Thoracic and Cardiothoracic societies i.e. The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons as well as the President of the International Society of Diseases of the Esophagus and the European Surgical Association. He is currently the Chairman of the UEMS Section of Thoracic Surgery focusing on rising and harmonizing the standards of Thoracic Surgery throughout the different member states of the European Union. After his retirement Prof Lerut has served as a visiting Scholar in various prestigious academic institutions in the U.S.A., Europe and China.