Gebrine El Khoury started medical school at the University Catholic of Louvain in 1977 and finished in 1984 (cum Maxima Laude). He joined, in September 1991, the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, as Associated Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery – Catholic University of Louvain. Since 2004, he is head of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Department. Gebrine is recognised as a pioneer in aortic valve repair. He and his team run what has become a key centre in the treatment of valve disease. The centre is now considered a true authority on cardiac surgery, as illustrated by its many daily visitors, its active involvement in high-level international conferences (live surgery, lectures, postgraduate courses, etc.) and the organisation of three international meetings each year.