Dimitri Van der Linden was graduated in paediatrics at UCLouvain (University of Louvain, Belgium) in 2003 and was trained in the HIV field by Prof. Jack Levy at CHU Saint-Pierre. He then studied tropical diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp prior to work in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he was in charge of a paediatric HIV clinic delivering care to more than 1500 HIV-infected children. Between 2009 and 2011 he did his fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal. In september 2013 he defended his PhD thesis entitled « From infanthood to adolescence across the globe : growing-up with HIV ». He is currently working as paediatric infectious diseases consultant at Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc (UCLouvain) and is a member of IREC (Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research, UCLouvain). He is teaching paediatric infectious diseases at UCLouvain-Brussels and clinical microbiology at UNamur. Since May 2022 Dimitri is working for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) as clinical mentor in pediatrics and especially infectious diseases (2 yearly field visits) in a 120-bed nutritional centre (Nilefa Keji which means “health is wealth”) and he is involved in telemedicine support in between visits.
Some of Dimitri’s interests are : challenges in the diagnosis of infectious diseases in children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, HIV, TB, global health, phage therapy and transplant infectious diseases (especially in liver transplant recipients).