Vera Vertessen

Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedical Care

University Hospital Brussels, Belgium

Vera obtained her bachelor's degree in Nursing at the Karel De Grote Hogeschool Antwerp, followed by a Master's degree in Hospital Sciences at the University Of Brussels (VUB) and a postgraduate qualification in Diabetes education.

Vera started her career at UZ Brussels (University Hospital Brussels) in 2005 in the Abdominal Surgery department and worked for several years as transplant coordinator. She was a member of the Belgian Transplantation Society, and took part in several projects around kidney transplantation.

In 2014 she founded together with an endocrinologist a Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at AZ Jan Portaels Hospital in Vilvoorde. She also joined the management of the hospital and managed a group of 300 healthcare workers.

After 7 years working at Jan Portaels Hospital, Vera returned to UZ Brussels in 2021, as coordinator of Rare Diseases. In 2022 she became Head of the Nursing Department and in 2023 Director of Patient care, leading the Nursing and Midwifery department and the Para-medical healthcare workers.

She is part of the UZ Brussel executive committee.