Steve Coppens

Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Steve Coppens obtained his medical degree at the Catholic University of Leuven inBelgium in 1996. He completed his residency in Anesthesiologyin 2001 at the UniversityHospitals of Leuven. He worked from 2001 until2008 in private practice and developed his skills for regional anesthesia. From 2008 up to2012 he worked in a level onetrauma center in the Netherlands, where his main focus was on developing locoregional standards and enhancing ultrasound skills.

He was appointed member of staff in 2013 at the department of Anesthesiology of theUniversity Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium. He was asked to focus clinically on regional anesthesia. He developeda teaching program for residents in regional anesthesia.

Since 2013 he has been clinical director of regional anesthesia and was appointed associate head of clinic. He implemented a newly developed locoregional learning program in Leuvenand was instrumental in developing theregional anesthesiafellowship program.He has given several lectures atESRA, BSAR and BARAmeetings.

He has served as demonstrator in various hands-on workshops and is since 2014 coordinator of an ESRA annual meeting workshop directed to teach anesthesiologists in a four hour duration workshops all basic blocks they need to know. He is member of the ESRA Annual Meeting Scientific Committee.

His primary clinical interest focuses on regional and trauma anesthesia as well as developing a regional pediatric program and alsothoracic anesthesia. He is currently working on a European funded project developing and eventually testing a novel simulation system for training of regional anesthesia, and more specifically peripheral nerve blocks (RASIMAS, He iscurrentlyalso working in the PROSPECT groupas a temporary member updating the hernioraphy reviewand is busyconducting research in regional anesthesia, especially in continuous versus single shotregionaltechniques. (

His partner is Brigitte, who is a full-time urological surgeon and has threechildren, Lise, Simon and Dries. He loves to travel and is a culinary addict. Fine dining and wine, especially French and Asian cuisine is his weak spot.On regular occasions he offers some time to provide anesthesia in Indonesia, Ambon. In association with Sophia Children’s HospitalRotterdamand plastic surgery we deliver general and regional anesthesia for cleft palate, cleft lip and burn woundpatients. (

Med school studies in Leuvenfrom 1989-1996

Graduated Cum Laudein June 1996
Start anesthesiology residency in UniversityHospitals Leuven from 1996-2001

Private practise in Regional Hospital Leuven from 2001-2008
Mostly regional anesthesia

Private practise in Admiraal de Ruyter Hospitals, the Netherlandsfrom 2008-2012
Level 1 traumacentre with furthertraining expertise in regional anesthesia and trauma-care

Associate Head of clinic in the University Hospitals. From 2013until the present.

Head of the locoregional program in the University Hospitals.
Multiple national and international lectures and courses (ESRA, BARA, ARAR, BSAR …)

Extra courses

Acute medecine 2001
ATLS 2015

ESRA member since 2007
ARA member since 2012
ASRA member since 2016
BARA Board member since 2016
Member of the scientific committee of the ESRA since 2015
Honorary member of the Romanian society of Regional anesthesia (ARAR)
Reviewer Acta Anesthesiologica Belgica


Case report of a guide wire loss and migration after central venous access.Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2015 Van Doninck, Maleux, Coppens, Moke

A comparison of neuromuscular effects, tracheal intubating conditions, and reversibility of rapacuronium versus mivacurium in female patients. Anesthesia and Analgesiaapril 2002 Van Acker, Geerts, Coppens, Van Iersel

Efficacy Of Adductor Canal Block In Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. Acta Anesthesiologica Belgica To be published. D Hoogma, S Rex, M Van de Velde, S Coppens