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Gerlant van Berlaer

Gerlant van Berlaer

Disaster & Emergency Medicine, Research & teaching
+32 (0)2 476 31 00


Gerlant van Berlaer (°1968), M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., is a pediatrician, emergency physician, pediatric Intensivist and master in disaster medicine. He is Chief of Clinic for Pediatric Critical Care at the University Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. 

He is clinical tutor and lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Free University of Brussels, and lecturer for the European Master in Disaster Medicine, staff member and lecturer for the theoretical and practical education in Disaster Medicine of the Belgian First Aid and Support Team (B-FAST), and participated in Humanitarian Medical Aid in Banda Aceh, Gaza, Haiti and Switzerland. He is member of ReGEDiM, the Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine (Free University Brussels), instructor for Advanced Pediatric Life Support and Prehospital Pediatric Life Support (co-course director Belgium) and invited Professor at several University Associations in Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent). He obtained his PhD in Disaster Medicine in 2017 with a dissertation on "Disaster and humanitarian emergency response: the importance of field medical data registration".

Next to that he is foster father of five, father of two, elected City Council member in his home town Grimbergen in Belgium and founder of PICARO (Pediatric International Catastrophe Aid and Relief Organization) that built the first earthquake proof schools in Haiti.


  • Disaster Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine

Teaching activities

  • Medical skills training
  • Disaster management
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Pediatric Medicine


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Laarbeeklaan 101
1090 Jette