Leen Vercaemst is a European Board Certified Perfusionist and is active as a Clinical Perfusionist and ECMO Coordinator at the University Hospital Leuven (UZL), Belgium. The UZL started their ECMO program in the late nineties and has grown into an experienced ECMO reference centre, performing around 100 cardiac & respiratory cases annually, both adults & paediatrics. Since the start of the UZL ECMO program, Leen V. has been organising and leading in-house, national and international ECMO training programs, including technical and non-technical skills simulation training for ECMO teams. She has been a coordinator of the national Perfusion School in Belgium since 1995 and is a member of the Academic Committee of European Board of Clinical Perfusionist (EBCP) since 2014.
She is appointed as Perfusion Liaison in the EuroELSO Steering Committee since 2014 and is since a few years active in the ELSO ECMOed Course Endorsement Committee. She has been participating in chapter writing of the last editions of the ELSO Red Book and ECMO Specialist Training manual.