Frank E. Rademakers, MD, PhD

Frank Rademakers is former Chief Medical Technology and Innovation Officer at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.

He was trained as a cardiologist at the University of Antwerp with a keen interest in physiology of the heart and ventricular mechanics. His research in this field uses different imaging modalities, one of them being cardiac magnetic resonance which he introduced in Belgian cardiology. He did his PhD on this topic at Johns Hopkins, MD, USA in 1991.

He moved from Antwerp to Leuven in 1998 where he joined the cardiology department for non-invasive cardiac imaging.

He was always interested and active in representation and management and became CMO of the University Hospitals Leuven in 2005 where he co-organized the first JCI accreditation in Belgium.

He was also responsible for the Pharmacy and IT at UZ Leuven and headed the steering group for GDPR implementation.

He is emeritus since October 2020, still seeing outpatients and involved in research projects, among them several EU Horizon 2020 projects. He is the PI for the international ECHOES consortium, among the last 4 contenders for the British Heart Foundation Big Beat Challenge of 30 million pounds.