Dr. Yves d’Udekem

Belgian born and educated, Yves d’Udekem, M.D., Ph.D., graduated from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He graduated as a surgeon in 1993 and then followed training in cardiac surgery. He trained in Belgium and internationally in South Africa, Canada and the UK. He began working at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 2003 and rapidly obtained the position of Deputy Director in the Cardiac Surgery Unit. In 2016 he was appointed Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Melbourne, Australia.
In September 2020, he joined the faculty at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., as Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute.
His areas of expertise are valve repair, mechanical circulatory support and all surgery for single ventricle conditions, in particular the Norwood procedure. He built the National VAD program and was the reference surgeon for ECMO, VAD and heart-transplantation in Australia. As such, he faced the most challenging cases of the pediatric cardiac surgery discipline. He trained over the years numerous distinguished cardiac surgeons.
He had an ascending career in clinical research which focused on tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary atresia, VSD and MAPCAs, aortic arch surgery and aortic valve repair. His main focus is the long-term outcomes of patients with single ventricle conditions. He created the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry, the world’s largest database of patients with a Fontan circulation, which is seen as the most important Australian National collaboration in congenital heart disease. With the registry, he built an international collaborative group aiming at improving the outcomes of these patients. With more than 350 publications and over $7M of grant funding, he has become one of the most academically productive surgeons of his time.

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