Head of the Department of Pediatrics, O.LVrouw Hospital Aalst. Board member and former Treasurer of the ESPD, BELGIUM 

Dirk Van Gysel qualified as a pediatrician at the University of Leuven in Belgium and further subspecialised in pediatric dermatology at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD at the University of Ghent in Belgium in 2009 with the Aalst Allergy Study.

He started his professional career in the Department of Pediatrics of the O.L.Vrouw Hospital Aalst in Belgium in 1993 and was promoted to head of the department in 1994. Since 2019 he holds a part-time appointment as academic consultant at the University of Ghent in Belgium. He has been treasurer of the European Society for Pediatric Dermatology between 2004 and 2012 and is still board member of this society. Since 2018 he is advisory board member of the International Society of Pediatric Dermatology. He has published several book-chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals in the field of allergy, pediatrics and pediatric dermatology. He has lectured in several national, European and world congresses and training courses. He acts as a referee of several international journals in the field of pediatrics and pediatric dermatology. 

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