Dr. Jacques Himpens

Université Libre de Bruxelles

The European School of Laparoscopic Surgery

Brussels, Belgium


M.D., University of Leuven, Belgium
Training at the University Hospitals of Leuven
Qualified general surgeon
Additional training at the New York Medical College. ECFMG graduate, authorized to practice surgery in the US

Academic Titles

  • Associate professor in surgery, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Member of the administrative board of the EAES (the European Association ofEndoscopic Surgeons)
  • Member of SAGES (the Society of American Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons)
  • Member of ASMBS (the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery)
  • Member of IFSO (the International Federation for Obesity Surgery)Board Member of Be-soms (Belgian society for the study of obesity and metabolic surgery)
  • Member of BGES (the Belgian Group of Endoscopic surgeons)
  • Member of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Obesity Surgery, the Journal of the Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the Journal of Surgical Endoscopy, the British Journal of Surgery, the Annals of Surgery.
  • Co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Coelio-Surgery


Private practice in Belgium
Joined the Free University of Brussels where he is presently active in the department of digestive and laparoscopic surgery (director, G.B. Cadière)
Joined the St. Blasius general hospital, Dendermonde. Chief of the Bariatric
Surgery unit
Chief of the Cavell Obesity Center CHIREC Hospitals Brussels

Laparoscopic experience

  • Performed laparoscopic procedures since 1990
  • Performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy in Belgium in 1992
  • Started laparoscopic obesity surgery in 1994. Performed over 10000 laparoscopic
    bariatric procedures
  • Performed the first telesurgical procedure in the world (Intuitive, 1997)


Published more than 100 medical articles in journals worldwide including the British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Obesity Surgery, SOARD, Archives of
Surgery, Journal de Coelio-Chirurgie, Annales de Chirurgie, annals of Surgery Journal of the American College of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Surgical
Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, International Surgery, Hepato-Gastroenterology, Encyclopedie Medico-Chirurgicale, Journal of Surgical Engineering, Injury.
Author of chapters in several handbooks for laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Co-editor of the book “Handbook of Obesity Surgery”, 2010, Deitel M, Gagner M,
Dixon J, Himpens J, Madan A, editors, Britannia Printers Inc;, Toronto, Canada


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