Field Co-Director


Field Co-Director

Dr. Carlotte Kiekens, MD, Belgium

Carlotte Kiekens is since January 2020 director of the Spinal Unit at Montecatone rehabilitation Institute in Imola (Bologna), Italy. Before, she was head of clinic in the department of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) in Belgium.

After obtaining a medical degree at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1988 she further specialised in physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM) at the Leuven University with residencies abroad in Strasbourg (F) and Geneva (CH). In 1994 she obtained a Certificate in Medical Biostatistics at KU Leuven.

Her clinical fields of interest are spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve disorders, (adult) spina bifida, multiple trauma, burns and amputation, spasticity management, ethics in rehabilitation, sexuality and disability, and organizational aspects of rehabilitation medicine.

In 2007 she published a report on “Organization and financing of musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation in Belgium”, in collaboration with the Belgian Health Knowledge Centre.

In 2008 she was accredited in Insurance Medicine and Medical Expertise.

From 2004 to 2018 she was the President of the Technical Board of Mobility Aids at the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI). She is a Senior Fellow of the European Board of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine.

She is a member of several societies and boards in Belgium, Italy and abroad. She was general secretary of ESPRM between 2015 and 2018 and is the chair of the Professional Practice Committee at the UEMS PRM Section. In 2014 she became a member of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine.

 She is involved in academic activities and scientific research in several domains and published papers as well as book chapters.

She (co-) organized several national and international congresses. She participated in rehabilitation projects in low income countries. She is the chair of the ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee and is involved in the development of an International Classification of Service Organizations in Rehabilitation (ICSO-R).