Zoom On: Jan De Waele, President, WSACS – the Abdominal Compartment Society
Less is More
We asked Prof. De Waele our 7 questions:
1. What are your key areas of interest and research?
Optimisation of antibiotic therapy; antibiotic resistance; abdominal infections and catastrophes e.g. abdominal compartment syndrome and acute pancreatitis.
2. What are the major challenges in your field?
Translating our research findings into treatment strategies adapted to the needs of the individual patient or briefly, personalising critical care medicine.
3. What is your top management tip?
Personal – use technology for project and time management.
Interpersonal – encourage diversity to stimulate creativity.
4. What would you single out as a career highlight?
Moving to critical care medicine after finishing my surgical training and being involved in WSACS – the Abdominal Compartment Society (www.wsacs.com), experiencing how difficult it is for many intensivist and surgeons to consider and accept new insights.
5. If you had not chosen this career path you would have become a…?
Molecular gastronomy chef, geek journalist, off-the-beaten-track travel agent
6. What are your personal interests outside of work?
I recently started to enjoy nature and landscape photography (some pictures on http://janjdewaele.zenfolio.com). Unfortunately I live in the wrong country so have to travel a lot…
7. Your favourite quote?
“In der Beschränkung zeigt sich der Meister” (‘The master shows himself first in conciseness’, freely translated to ‘less is more’) – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1802.
After completing his training in general surgery and critical care, Prof. De Waele became a full-time critical care physician, and joined the multidisciplinary team of intensivists at the Dept. of Critical Care Medicine at the Ghent University Hospital. He was appointed Associate Professor in Medicine in 2010. He holds a Sr. Clinical Investigator Fellowship Grant from the Research Foundation Flanders, and has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He serves as Deputy of the Infection section in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and Councillor in the Surgical Infection Society – Europe (SIS-E).
Published on : Tue, 3 Feb 2015
The HAMILTON-T1 combines for the first time the functionality of a fully featured intensive care unit ventilator with the compactness and ruggedness required for transport. This is why the HAMILTON-T1 enables you to provide optimal ventilation therapy...
Always in sight, always in mind Features Mindray believes the best way to predict the future is to create it. The revolutionary BeneVision N22/N19 is designed to optimize user experience by satisfying all your clinical demands. With visionary-stimulating...
Medos customized tubing sets have been individually designed, so that all customer requirements, depending on application and need can be realized. Furthermore tubing sets can be refined by rheoparin or x.eed coating.
The iLA Membrane Ventilator is an extrapulmonary ventilation system which is used primarily to remove carbon dioxide. The heart pumps blood through it as it does through a natural organ. The gas exchange takes place via a plasma-tight, heparin-coated...
Features The SynoVent E3 does not only include advanced ventilator functionality but also a modern, easy to use interface. The display can be configured to suit each clinician’s taste and needs, and gives quick and easy control over ventilator parameters...