Prof. Hein Van Poppel

“I cannot imagine a successful EU Cancer Plan without tackling the most common male cancer”

Prof. Hendrik Van Poppel, MD, PhD, graduated in General Surgery in 1980 and in Urology in 1983, joined the Academic Unit at KU Leuven in Belgium in 1985 after his postgraduate training in London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Mainz and Rotterdam. In 1988, he obtained a PhD in Medical Sciences. He became a fellow at the European Board of Urology (FEBU) in 1992, full professor of urology in 1993, and chair of the Department of Urology in Leuven in 2002. For eight years, he had been the director of the European School of Urology (ESU), before becoming EAU Adjunct Secretary General, responsible for Education, in 2012.

Prof. Van Poppel developed the original surgical technique for prepubic urethrectomy, percutaneous gastrostomy, lumbar splenectomy during orthotopic kidney transplantation, and of the Leuven “N-”pouch for bladder substitution. He has performed major open oncological surgery for kidney, bladder, prostate, testis, and penile cancer and more than 2500 radical prostatectomies.

Throughout his career, Prof. Van Poppel has received many prestigious awards, such as the Folke Edsmyr Award for outstanding contribution to the progress of cancer research in urology, the Distinguished Career Award of the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), and the Frans Debruyne Lifetime Achievement Award of the EAU in 2020. In recent years, during his mandate as Adjunct Secretary General of the EAU, he set up new EAU offices for patient affairs and for European politics.