In memoriam – Prof Olivier Van Caenegem

The Belgian Society of Cardiology mourns the sudden and unexpected passing of Prof. Olivier Van Caenegem on August 2nd.

Prof. Van Caenegem graduated from the UCLouvain Medical School in 1993 and specialized in cardiology and in intensive care. He worked since 2001 in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in the Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc and became head of this unit since 2019. His particular interest was advanced treatment of heart failure and cardiac shock by mechanical circulatory support devices and heart transplantation. During the recent COVID pandemic he also treated numerous patients with respiratory failure by means of ECMO.

Prof Van Caenegem was appointed Full Professor of Medicine at the UCLouvain since 2016 and was Secretary of the Belgian Society for Transplantation since 2014 and President of Belgian Interdisciplinay Working Group in Acute Cardiology (BIWAC) and BSC Board Member from 2019 until 2021.

Olivier was an exceptional physician and teacher, a close friend to all of us, always cheerful and friendly. He will be dearly missed.

We would like to express our deepest thoughts and support to his family.