Professor Phillip Blondeel, MD, PhD
A native of the United States of America, Phillip Blondeel received his medical degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Medical School in Leuven, Belgium. He underwent postgraduate training in plastic surgery in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as at Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and earned his Doctor in Medical Sciences (PhD) degree at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Gent in 1998.
Prof. Blondeel is a fellow of the Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum (Belgian Boards)and a diplomate of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He is full member of the Belgian Society of Plastic Surgery and extra-ordinary member of the Swiss Society of Plastic Surgery. He holds membership in numerous international scientific societies, among them the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the European Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Plastic Surgery. He is honorary member of the South-African and Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery.
A world-renowned expert in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Prof. Blondeel is a much sought after speaker and teacher who has also authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and abstracts. He currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He was awarded the 1999 ASRM Godina Fellowship.
At the end of 2011, Prof. Blondeel led the team that performed the first face transplant in Belgium (#19 worldwide) and is the Chairman of the Vascularized Composite Tissue Allagraft Program at the University Hospital Gent.