Filip Rega graduated as MD at the KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium in 1998. He continued his training first in general surgery and then in cardiac surgery. In 2007 he was appointed as a consultant cardiac surgeon at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium. He was first trained as a congenital heart surgeon. Later on his career he also focused on valvular heart surgery in adults as well as grown up congenital heart surgery. From this expertise grew research in the understanding of the mechanobiology of the aortic root. Currently he is head of clinic at the department of cardiac surgery at the University Hospitals Leuven and full professor at the KU Leuven. He is also surgical director of the UZ Leuven Heart Transplant program.