Raf Bisschops obtained his Medical Degree at the University of Leuven in 1997. During his training in internal medicine he followed the doctoral program at the doctoral school of KU Leuven and obtained a PhD in 2005 after defending his thesis in basic gastrointestinal physiology entitled “Ligand and electrically induced activation patterns in myenteric neuronal networks. Confocal calcium imaging as a bridge between basic and human physiology”. Since 2005, he has been working as a staff member at the department of gastroenterology and was appointed associate head of clinic in 2006 and associate professor in 2007 at the KU Leuven, faculty of medicine. In October 2013 he became head of endoscopy, which serves as a multidisciplinary activity center hosting services for the departments for gastroenterology, hepatology, pneumology and pediatrics, with a yearly performance of over 30.000 endoscopic procedures.
His main focus of research lies currently in advanced endoscopic imaging (NBI, BLI, I-scan, CLE) and therapeutics, with a main interest in premalignant conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, HNPCC, ulcerative colitis. After participating in a training program organized by prof Bergman in Amsterdam, Raf Bisschops has deployed one of the major recruiting centers in Belgium for endoluminal treatment of Barrett’s neoplasia. He is also actively involved in the motility clinic with a special interest in the link between gastrointestinal motility and endoscopy, hence his interest in peroral endoscopic myotomy.
Raf Bisschops is a member and co-editor of the Editorial board of Endoscopy. He is currently a councillor for the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Member of the Boards of the Germans Society of Gastroenterology (DGVS) and of its Endoscopic Section.