Antwerp Personalized Pain Initiative (APPI): prevention of chronification of pain through a personalized approach

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Guy Hans - Chief Medical Officer, Antwerp University Hospital

Short description of the presentation:

Pain is the most common clinical condition worlwide. Chronic pain (duration of more than 3 months) should be considered as a disease state, and not merely a symptom. Since chronic pain is almost impossible to heal, the focus should be placed on the prevention of chronification of acute pain syndromes. In this presentation I will present an innovative approach to the chronification of (post-surgical) pain by applying individualized therapeutic programs and long-term telemetric follow-up.


Education (university level)

  • Medical doctor, University of Antwerp (UIA), 1994
  • Specialist in Anesthesiology, University of Antwerp (UA), 2000
  • PhD in medical sciences, The role of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in cancer pain, 2008
  • Philip A. Lief Fellow in Pain Research, Harvard University, Boston, USA, 1998-1999

Current occupancy

  • Staff member of the department of Anesthesiology, Antwerp University Hospital (UZA), 2000-2015
  • Medical Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Antwerp University Hospital, 2004-current
  • Professor in Pain Medicine and Evidence-based Medicine, University of Antwerp, since October 2008
  • Chief Medical Officer, Antwerp University Hospital, since October 2015


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