Prof. Dr. Bruno Dillemans General, Bariatric, Oncological & Vascular Surgeon

Dr Dillemans is Chief of Staff of the Department of General Surgery at AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Ostend AV (1200 beds), Founder and Head of the Centre of Excellence in Obesity Surgery, Founder and Head of BaroSurg, a Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Training Institute, Laparoscopic, Bariatric, Pediatric, Vascular, Oncological, Consultant Surgeon.

Born: 27th January 1961


Department of General Surgery

AZ St.–Jan AV
Ruddershove 10,
B-8000 Brugge


  • 1979- 1986: Catholic University of Leuven Graduated ‘Magna cum Laude’.

Specialisation in General Surgery:

  • 1986 – 1990: Heilig Hart Hospital, Roeselare
  • 1990 – 1992: University Hospitals Leuven

Super Specialisation in   Abdominal and Laparoscopic Surgery:

  • 1992 – 1994: Academic Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands


Professional activities

Since July 2011: Chief of   Staff of the Department of General Surgery, AZ Sint-Jan Brugge – Oostende AV   (1200 beds)

Since 1994: Staff member of   the Department of General Surgery, AZ Sint-Jan 8000 Brugge – Oostende AV.

Facts & figures

  • 2500 bariatric procedures a year
  • 20 % conversional procedures
  • Performed the first Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypasses in:
    •   Sultanate of Oman (Royal Hospital, Muscat) in 2006.
    •   United Arab Emirates (University Hospital, Al Ain) in 2005.


  • Appointed as Surgeon and Centre of Excellence by Johnson &   Johnson.
  • Expert Surgeon in Digestive Surgery for IRCAD (Strasbourg).
  • Expert in Advanced Bariatric Surgery for Johnson & Johnson.
  • Expert in Advanced Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery for Covidien.


Teaching and education

  • Active participation at different teaching programs and postgraduate   courses (SOSB, BGES, IRCAD) for residents and general surgeons.
  • Commitment with several fellows a year to visit him and learn the   skills.
  • Course director of the international meeting ‘Master Class in Gastric   Bypass’ in 2006.
  • Dr. Bruno Dillemans is currently a visiting Professor at the International   Hospital of Bahrain.


Oral presentations and invited expert

Oral and video presentations at IFSO, EAES, OESO, EUROSURGERY, IRCAD


Invited expert at following congresses:

  • IFSO World Congress, Turkey, 2013.
  • European and World Congress of IFSO, 2008-2012.
  • AIMS Milano, 2009-2011 (See Video Interview Below).
  • The International Obesity Surgery Expert Meeting, Saalfelden, Austria,   2007-2011.
  • The International Thematic Days of CHL, Luxembourg, 2007, 2009.
  • 1 Colchester Metabolic Surgery Symposium, UK, 2008.
  • 2 General Surgery Congress, Turkey, 2007.
  • 1  Laparo-Endoscopic Congress for the Middle East, Dubai, 2006.


Live Surgery

  • IFSO World Congress Turkey, 2013 – He performed surgery which was Broadcast live to hospitals & universities in 158 Countries around the globe.
  • IFSO world Congress Hamburg, 2011
  • AIMS Milano,   2009-2011
  • Perioperative Management in metabolic surgery,Leipzig, 2011
  • Echelon Flex Launch Event, 2010
  • The 1st Colchester Metabolic Surgery Symposium, 2008
  • 1st National Congress of the Emirates Society of laparo-endoscopic   Surgeons,Dubai, 2007
  • 2nd General Surgery Congress,Turkey, 2007
  • BGES-SOSB, live transmission from operating theatre, 2006
  • 6th International Surgical Update, Sultanate of Oman, 2006
  • 3rd UAE Workshop on Morbid Obesity, UAE, 2005



  • The ‘Standardization of the Lap Gastric Bypass procedure’ has been validated by publications in major medical journals.
  • Co-editor of the book Bariatric Surgery, published in 2011 by Imperial College Press.
  • See all  scientific publications


Other Medical Activities

  • In 2013 he was appointed by the judiciary of the Netherlands to  inspect cases of bariatric surgery malpractice there.
  • 2010 – Present: Academic Consultant University of Gent.
  • 2010 – 2012: President of the BeSOMS (Belgian Section of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery).
  • 2008 – 2010: Secretary General of the SOSB (Belgian Section for   Obesity Surgery).
  • 1999-2002 and 2002 -2005: President of the Medical Council of AZ St-Jan Brugge -Oostende AV.
  • 1996-1999 and 2005-2008: Vice- President of the Medical Council of AZ Sint-Jan Brugge –Oostende AV.
  • President of the ‘Commission for External Relations’, AZ Sint-Jan Brugge –Oostende AV.
  • President of the Advisory Board of ‘AZ Nieuws’ en ‘AZ Link’, Belgium.
  • Board Member of the BSUGI (Belgian Section of Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgery).
  • Board Member of the BGES (Belgian Group of Endoscopic Surgeons).
  • Board Member of the BSAWS (Belgian Section for Abdominal Wall Surgery).
  • Redaction Member of the RBSS (Royal Belgian Society for Surgeons).


Training Centre BaroSurg

Dr. Dillemans high volume   centre has evolved to a Centre of Excellence as well as a Centre of Efficiency, both in conventional primary bariatric procedures as   in revisional surgery. Because of the high number of applications from foreign fellow-surgeons, to work in to our centre as a   trainee, Dr Dillemans decided to establish a Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Training Institute: BaroSurg. During the training period Dr   Dillemans will help bariatric surgeons to making the next step to master   advanced primary and revisional bariatric procedures.


Profile of participants: 

Surgeons who want:

1. To learn new standardized approaches and techniques in Primary and Revisional Bariatric Surgery.

2. To increase the efficiency of the operation room during Gastric Bypass procedures. Besides the on-site   training, an E-Learning Tool will guide you through videos of several possible primary and revisional procedures, step by step. Soon you can find   more information on