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500th Birthday of Andreas Vesalius, the Founder of Modern Anatomy: “Vivitur Ingenio, Caetera Mortis Erunt” (“Genius Lives On, All Else Is Mortal”)
  1. Admir Hadzic, MD*,
  2. Neda Sadeghi, MD*,
  3. Catherine Vandepitte, MD,
  4. Walter Vandepitte, PhD*,
  5. Marc Van de Velde, MD,
  6. Alen Hadzic*,
  7. Johan Van Robays, MD,
  8. Rene Heylen, MD,
  9. Paul Herijgers, PhD§,
  10. Caroline Vloka* and
  11. Jan Van Zundert, MD, PhD, EDRA
  1. *Department of Anesthesiology, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY
  2. Departments of Pathology and Anesthesiology, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium
  3. Department of Anesthesiology, UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  4. §Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Vesalius Institute of Anatomy, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  1. Address correspondence to: Admir Hadzic, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, 2753 Broadway STE 183, New York, NY 10025 (e-mail: admir{at}


Abstract It is often said that regional anesthesia is the practice of applied anatomy. Therefore, it is fitting that on the occasion of his 500th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of the brilliant Flemish anatomist, Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564), the founder of modern anatomy.

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  • The authors declare no conflict of interest.