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The principal mission of the Institut Bordet Department of Surgery is the surgical treatment of cancerous diseases.

More specifically, our surgeons strive to:

  • offer leading-edge surgical techniques in the treatment of cancer;
  • integrate surgery into global cancer treatment;
  • encourage approaches combining surgery and other treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, immunotherapy, etc;
  • promote research and develop innovative treatments;
  • collaborate at national and international levels with other cancer centres;
  • teach surgery to medical students and future surgeons;
  • train surgeons specifically in oncological surgery.

The Institut Bordet Department of Surgery comprises 6 specific fields:

  • Cervicofacial and Thoracic Surgery
  • Digestive Surgery
  • Breast and Pelvic Surgery
  • Bone and Connective Tissue Tumour Surgery
  • Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Tumour Surgery.

Research projects

Project 1

Study of the contribution of Fluorescence Imaging in the diagnosis and staging of cancer.

Project 2

Study of immunogenicity and immune response in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Project 3

Identification of oligometastatic profiles in colorectal cancer: creation of a multidisciplinary platform.

Project 4

Evaluation of metabolic and pathological response after radio-chemotherapy and immunotherapy in advanced oesophageal and oesogastric junction cancers (ARTemIS)

Our team

Head of Department
Prof Vincent Donckier

Digestive Surgery
Dr Issam El Nakadi, Head of Clinic
Dr Vincent Donckier
Dr Jean Van de Stadt
Dr Gabriel Liberale
Dr Fikri Bouazza

Florin Pop

Cervicofacial and Thoracic Surgery
Dr Antoine Digonnet, Head of Clinic
Dr Esther Willemse
Dr Marie Quiriny
Dr Samuel Lipski (ENT specialist)
Dr Cécile Dekeyser (ENT specialist)
Prof Guy Andry, Honorary Professor of Surgery

Breast and Pelvic Surgery
Dr Jean Marie Nogaret, Head of Clinic
Dr Isabelle Veys
Dr Danièle Noterman
Dr Filip De Neubourg
Dr Mirela Roman

Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
Dr Frédéric Urbain, Head of Clinic
Dr Simona Brondello
Dr Dimitri Tsepelidis

Marta Misani 
Florin Pop

Skin Tumour Surgery
Dr François Sales, Head of Clinic
Dr Marie Quiriny

Bone and Connective Tissue Tumour Surgery
Dr Michael Gebhart, Head of Clinic
Dr Felix Shumelinsky

Bilal Kapanci

Senior Nurses – In-patient unit
Ingrid Bruyns
Fabienne Van Ginderachter

Marylène Boulet

Laurence Wanet

 Scientific publications

Hiatal hernia after oesophagectomy: a large European survey.

Authors : Gust L, Nafteux P, Allemann P, Tuech JJ, El Nakadi I, Collet D, Goere D, Fabre JM, Meunier B, Dumont F, Poncet G, Passot G, Carrere N, Mathonnet M, Lebreton G, Theraux J, Marchal F, Barabino G, Thomas PA, Piessen G, DJourno XB
Year : 2019
Journal : Eur J Cardiothorac Surg
Volume : 55
Pages : 1104-1112

PEComa of the talus: a unique case of a soft tissue tumor within bone.

Authors : Gebhart M, Coltofeanu A
Year : 2019
Journal : Acta Chir Belg
Volume : 119
Pages : 118-122

Differentiated-Type Intraepithelial Neoplasia-Like Lesion Associated with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus: A Case Report with Molecular Profile.

Authors : Koopmansch C, Maris C, Demetter P, Van de Stadt J, Hendlisz A, DHaene N, Noël JC
Year : 2019
Journal : Case Rep Pathol
Volume : 2019
Pages : 2301640

Genomic, transcriptomic, epigenetic, and immune profiling of mucinous breast cancer.

Authors : Nguyen B, Veys I, Leduc S, Bareche Y, Majjaj S, Brown DN, Boeckx B, Sotiriou C, Larsimont D, Desmedt C
Year : 2019
Journal : J Natl Cancer Inst

Spindle cells in aspiration material from an inguinal adenopathy: possibly a sheep in wolf's clothing!

Authors : Verset L, Shumelinsky F, de Wind R, Demetter P, de Saint Aubain N
Year : 2019
Journal : Histopathology
Volume : 75
Pages : 437-439