Peter Verbrugghe graduated in 2007 as a medical doctor at KU Leuven. In 2013 he obtained his masters degree in health care and hospital management and graduated as a general surgeon in 2014 at KU Leuven. After finishing his residency in cardiac surgery, he completed a training focused on aortic valve repair, Ross procedure and aortic surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Montreal Heart Institute and Institut Mutualiste Montsouris Paris. He obtained a PhD degree in biomedical sciences in 2018 with a thesis on new strategies in the treatment of aortic aneurysms. Currently, he is staff member of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospitals Leuven and assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine at KU Leuven. His research and clinical activity focuses on (minimal invasive) valve surgery, aortic surgery and enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery.