Laurent de Kerchove started his medical school in 1992 and graduated from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, in 1999. After four years training in general surgery, he specialised in cardiovascular surgery with Professor R Dion at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and with Professor G El Khoury at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels. In 2008, he joined the surgeon’s staff at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc where he is currently working. He did his PhD in May 2014 on the role of annuloplasty in aortic valve repair. His special areas of interests in cardiac surgery are aortic surgery, valve repair and minimal access techniques.