Dr Schalk van der Merwe
Schalk van der Merwe is an associate professor of Medicine in the department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium since 2011. He completed a recidency in Internal Medicine in 1997 and his fellowship in Gastroenterology in 2000. He obtained a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2005. In the laboratory he has focused on translational research in infectious disease and immunology related to the gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Since 2017 he heads the laboratory of Hepatology. He has published more than 90 peer reviewed publications in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology including publications in Nature, Gastroenterology, PNAS, Gut, Hepatology and Journal of Hepatology. He is ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals including Gut and Endoscopy. As a hepatologist and interventional endoscopist his clinical interests center around the management of patients with liver disease including liver transplantation, as well as hepatobiliary interventions related to the liver, gallbladder and pancreas including advanced ERCP and therapeutic EUS.