Head of department CHU LIEGE
Expert in connected technologies
Dr Coucke Philippe is born in Ghent in 1959.
He obtained his medical degree at the State University of Ghent in Belgium in 1984. He trained in radiation oncology at the university hospital of Ghent and at the university hospital of Besançon in France until 1987. He was certified in radiation oncology in 1988 and left France in 1989.
From 1989, he became a radiotherapist doctor as part of the framework at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), in Switzerland. In 1996, he obtained the academic title of "Privat Docent & Master of Teaching and Research" at the same university. He also trained in management at CHUV and wrote a thesis on "organizational learning and resistance to change".
He left Switzerland in 2005 and became head of the radiotherapy department at Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital, Montreal, Canada. At the same time he was appointed "clinical professor" at the University of Montreal.
In 2006, he became head of the radiotherapy department at the Liège University Hospital and professor of radiotherapy at the same university. He is a member of the governance council of the Cancer Institute and the Department of Medical Physics at the Liège University Hospital Center
For his personal clinical activities, he only deals with the management of breast cancer. The development priorities in his department are the automation of the preparation and planning of radiotherapy treatments (using deep learning), the dynamic and automatic monitoring of the target in real time during treatment in order to avoid irradiating healthy tissue unnecessarily, evaluating the patient experience and post-treatment monitoring by connected applications, overall quality management and risk management.
The MWQ (Walloon Movement for Quality) has awarded it the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) prize five times consecutively.
More recently, he has focused his attention on "connected health", the evaluation of patient "literacy", patient empowerment and the potential of "big data" and artificial intelligence. He believes in the need to change the care ecosystem, the current one being inefficient and unsustainable.
Since January 2016, he has been invited as a keynote speaker to a hundred conferences on the upheavals of medical care resulting from the acceleration and convergence of technologies. In 2017, he was also invited by the Belgian Senate and the European Council to share his vision on the future of healthcare.
He is the author and co-author of over 240 publications, most of which are in peer-reviewed journals. In 2019, he published