Dr. Luc Mertens

Where did you complete most of your training?
I did most of my training in Belgium and obtained my medical degree at the University of Leuven, Belgium. I obtained a doctoral degree (PhD) in Medical Sciences (Physiology and Molecular Biology) also at the University of Leuven. I trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium and at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (USA).

What is your special area of (clinical/research) interest?
My main clinical interest is in pediatric and congenital echocardiography. My research interests focuses on studying the effect of congenital heart disease on cardiac function in children and adults. I also focus on developing new imaging technology that could help in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with congenital heart disease.

What is the best thing about working in CHD?
I am inspired on a daily basis by the courage and resilience of children, families and adults living their lives with sometimes severe heart disease, going through challenging procedures and surgeries, being happy and hopeful. I have the privilege of being a member of a dedicated team of health care professionals who share the mission of providing the best possible care to patients who want to maximize their life opportunities despite health challenges.

What is one thing that you think that all patients with CHD should know?Know there is a team of dedicated professionals looking after them and are available to address their needs related to their heart disease.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be?
My other passion is philosophy and literature. If I weren’t a doctor, I would probably be a writer or a teacher.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?
Reading and critical reflection, sports (fitness and jogging), travel. My pet is a beautiful golden retriever.