Toni Lerut, MD

Department Thoracic Surgery, Leuven University, Belgium

Prof. Dr. 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). These contacts furthered his interest in thoracic and esophageal surgery and thoracic oncology. Back in Leuven he joined as a junior staff member the department of General Surgery (Director Prof. Dr.JA Gruwez).

In 1994 Prof. Dr. Lerut was appointed as the Chairman of a newly established Department of General Thoracic Surgery. This department under his guidance and of its staff members is today considered as a leading centre in Thoracic and Esophageal surgery and Lung Transplantation attracting over time numerous international fellows. 

Prof. Dr. Lerut was appointed Full Professor in Surgery in1989 and since then supervised several PhD students. He authored or co-authored over 270 articles in international peer reviewed journals, over 80 book chapters, and numerous editorials and reviews. He is co-editor of Pearson’s textbook of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery. Prof. Dr. Lerut has been awarded honorary fellowships of several prestigious organisations e.g. American Association of Thoracic Surgery, American Surgical Association, The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Viszeral Chirurgie, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons of England etc.…. He has been a visiting Professor lecturing at numerous academic institutes.

Prof. Dr. Lerut has been 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.

Prof Lerut actually serves as the Sally and Michael Gordon visiting Scholar in the Department of Thoracic Surgery directed by Prof. Dr D. Sugarbaker & Prof Dr R Bueno at the Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and as a Visiting Professor of surgery at the Marmara University, Istanbul Turkey in the Department of Thoracic Surgery directed by Prof M Yuksel and H Batirel and Shanghai Fudan University, P.R China in the Department of Thoracic Surgery directed by Prof H Chen.