René Verdonk, MD, PhD, was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1946. He graduated cum laude from the University of Ghent in 1971 and obtained his board certification in orthopaedic surgery in 1976. He completed his PhD thesis entitled “Viable Meniscal Allografts” in 1992 and was appointed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of the Ghent University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. His fields of interest are trauma surgery and knee pathology, particularly meniscus and cruciate ligament injuries, and cartilage repair. Professor Verdonk has written extensively on orthopaedic surgery, traumatology, meniscal allograft transplantation, and sports medicine in international peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor of the book “The Meniscus”, published by Springer in 2010, and editor-in-chief of “Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy”, the official journal of ESSKA. He also serves on many review boards of international journals and has supervised and refereed numerous theses and dissertations. Professor Verdonk is an active member of many scientific societies, including the Belgian Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (President in 1991), ESSKA (Past President and Past Chairman of the Basic Science Committee), OTA (corresponding member), BOTA, ISAKOS Strategic Planning Committee and Knee Committee, AOA (corresponding member), AAOS, etc.
Biography Updated on 9 June 2010