Prof. dr. Jules Poukens
University Hasselt and Leuven, Belgium Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard, the Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Jules Poukens is currently lecturer and researcher at the Biomed Research Institute of the University Hasselt and the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is a Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard in the Netherlands. He got his M.D. and D.M.D from the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. He was trained as Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon in Belgium (Leuven) and Germany (Freiburg, Black Forrest). After his training, he first joined the staff at the University Hospital Maastricht and later on the staff of Medical Center Sittard /Heerlen in the Netherlands. He has participated in several European Community funded projects on medical rapid prototyping and manufacturing and was acting chairman of the Board of Directors of the EU funded project CUSTOM-IMD. He was the leading surgeon that designed and implanted the world’s first 3D printed total mandibular implant and was one of the pioneers in using 3D printed skull implants. He has numerous publications and held numerous presentations in this field. Born and raised in Belgium, Jules searched for his roots and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dilsen, Belgium near the Dutch and German border.