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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.
  • Collaborations : Group R&D for the Clinical Application of Fluorescence Imaging, Institut Jules Bordet
  • Funding : «Association Jules Bordet»

Project 2

Study of immunogenicity and immune response in hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Collaborations : Institut d’Immunologie médicale (IMI), ULB, Institut De Duve (UCL).
  • Funding : FNRS, «Association Jules Bordet»

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
Pr Gabriel Liberale, Head of Clinic

Pr Vincent Donckier
Dr Fikri Bouazza

Dr Florin Catalin Pop
Dr Ali Bohlok

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)
Pr Guy Andry, Honorary Professor of Surgery

Breast and Pelvic Surgery
Dr Isabelle Veys, Head of Clinic
Dr Filip De Neubourg
Pr Jean Marie Nogaret

Dr Florin Catalin Pop

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

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

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

Dr Bilal Kapanci

Senior Nurses – In-patient unit
Felicia Coelho Arlinda Cristina
Fabienne Van Ginderachter

Research coordination
Sophie Vankerckhove 

Marylène Boulet

Laurence Wanet


 Scientific publications

Tumor biology reflected by histological growth pattern is more important than surgical margin for the prognosis of patients undergoing resection of colorectal liver metastases.

Authors : Bohlok A, Inchiostro L, Lucidi V, Vankerckhove S, Hendlisz A, Van Laethem JL, Craciun L, Demetter P, Larsimont D, Dirix L, Vermeulen P, Donckier V
Year : 2023
Journal : Eur J Surg Oncol
Volume : 49
Pages : 217-224

ASO Author Reflections: Preoperative Serological Biomarkers as Novel Prognostic Factors in Patients with Peritoneal Metastases of Colorectal Cancer Origin.

Authors : El Asmar A, Liberale G
Year : 2023
Journal : Ann Surg Oncol
Volume : 30
Pages : 1870-1871

ASO Visual Abstract: The Prognostic Value of Distinct Histological Growth Patterns of Colorectal Peritoneal Metastases-A Pilot Study.

Authors : El Asmar A, Demetter P, Fares F, Sclafani F, Hendlisz A, Donckier V, Vermeulen P, Liberale G
Year : 2023
Journal : Ann Surg Oncol

ASO Visual Abstract: Prognostic Value of Preoperative Serological Biomarkers in Patients Undergoing Curative-Intent Cytoreductive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer Peritoneal Metastases.

Authors : El Asmar A, Delcourt M, Kamden L, Khaled C, Bohlok A, Moreau M, Sclafani F, Donckier V, Liberale G
Year : 2023
Journal : Ann Surg Oncol
Volume : 30
Pages : 1872-1873

ASO Author Reflections: Peritoneal Metastases of Colorectal Origin Exhibit Distinct Histological Growth Patterns with a Potential Prognostic Value.

Authors : El Asmar A, Liberale G
Year : 2023
Journal : Ann Surg Oncol