Julie de Backer

Julie De Backer graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1995 at the Ghent University. After her residency in Cardiology, she pursued further training in Clinical Genetics. In parallel, she obtained a PhD on the topic of cardiovascular and genetic aspects of Marfan syndrome and now works as a genetic cardiologist at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. She heads the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)  clinic and coordinates interdisciplinary programs for ACHD & Heritable Thoracic Aortic Disease (HTAD) patients, with a focus on patient centered care.

She is appointed full professor at the Ghent University. Her translational research focuses on in-depth cardiovascular profiling in Marfan syndrome and HTAD, exploring geno/phenotype relationships.

She is an active member of VASCERN, ESC’s Aorta and Peripheral Vascular Disease Working Group, and the Montalcino Aortic Consortium.

Heritable Thoracic Aortic Disease Task Force Member 2024-2026