A/Prof Yves d’Udekem has acquired international leadership as an academic surgeon in the field of paediatric cardiac surgery. He migrated from Belgium to Australia in 2003 to work at the Royal Children's Hospital. His research career is following an ascending trajectory in the Royal Children's Hospital, now one of the world leading centres in paediatric cardiac surgery. His whole research is centred on the long-term consequences of cardiac operations. This research is mainly retrospective, performed on large populations and essentially practical, as it is aimed at modifying surgical techniques and refining management strategies of patients born with congenital heart disease. It resulted in landmarks publications about tetralogy of Fallot, Fontan procedure, aortic valve repair and aortic arch repair.
He has currently two research focuses: the outcomes late after Fontan surgery and after aortic arch repair. He is leading a nationally funded research project aiming at building a national database gathering all heath information of Fontan patients in Australia and New Zealand. This work is today the largest of its kind in the world.
A/Prof Yves d'Udekem has published 125 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. In the last five year he published 70 articles
Yves has received 11 grants in the last 5 years. He was CIA in 4 NHMRC grants in the last 5 years.
Awards and honors
Mentee Dr A.Iyengar awarded the American Association of Thoracic Surgery Resident Scientific Poster Competition (Congenital), American Association of Thoracic Surgery,
2012: Best trainee oral presentation.The 4th Congress of Asio-Pacicfic Pediatric Cardiac Society., The 4th Congress of Asio-Pacicfic Pediatric Cardiac Society,
Top ranked Heart Foundation Career Development Fellow in Victoria., Heart Foundation,
: Winner of the Blue Ribbon as the top congenital poster in the 47th Annual meeting of Society of Thoracic Surgeons, San Diego,, Society of Thoracic Surgeons,
MCRI Innovation award, MCRI,
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,
Available for supervision
Yves d’Udekem is supervising a team of 12 researchers across three states in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently supervising 7 PhD students, 3 as a principal supervisor. His recent acquired partnership grants and two NHMRC grants have provided funding for his research for the next five years. He has been a crucial link to coordinate research throughout Australia. His leading research project, the Fontan Registry, is seen as the most successful multicentre collaboration in Australia.