Jan van Meerbeeck

Jan van Meerbeeck

Professor, Pulmonology and Thoracic Oncology

Antwerp University and University Hospital

Belgium and the Netherlands

Professor Meerbeeck obtained his medical degree from the University of Antwerp in 1980 and later became a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and pulmonology. He completed his PhD in 1997 with a dissertation on the presentation of lung cancer in Flanders, Belgium. He is currently professor of Thoracic Oncology at both Ghent and Antwerp University and practices as pulmonologist at Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium and at Erasmus MC, the Netherlands.

Professor Meerbeeck’s research interests include the molecular diagnosis of lung cancer, the management of mesothelioma and the evaluation of volatile biomarkers of asbestos exposure. He has coordinated a number of international clinical trials. He also co-founded the Breathomics lab within the Laboratory of experimental medicine and pediatrics (LEMP) at the University of Antwerp.

Prof van Meerbeeck is also a fellow of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and is Chair of its Thoracic Oncology Assembly and a member of the mesothelioma guideline committee. He has held previous roles for the Lung Cancer Group of the EORTC, and is an expert at the Belgian HTA Knowledge Center KCE.