Jacques Brotchi

Jacques Brotchi
President of the Belgian Senate
In office
14 December 2018 – 4 July 2019
Preceded byChristine Defraigne
Succeeded bySabine Laruelle
Personal details
Born (1942-08-11) 11 August 1942 (age 78)
Liège, Belgium
Political partyReformist Movement

Jacques, Baron Brotchi (born 1942) is a Belgian professor of neurosurgery and a politician from the MR. He was elected as a member of the Belgian Senate in 2004.[1] From December 2018 to July 2019, he was President of the Senate of Belgium.


Jacques Brotchi was born in Liège. His parents Isac and Haia came from Bessarabia and met each other in 1930 at the University of Liège, where they were studying dentistry. They were married in 1936. As a Jewish family, they escaped deportation to the concentration camps by being hidden by a Belgian family in Comblain-au-Pont. After the war, Jacques grew up in Esneux where his parents were dentists. He studied at the Atheneum in Liège. In 1964, he met his future wife Rachel on a holiday in Switzerland.[2]

He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Liège in 1967. His chief interest was neurosurgery, which led him to work (already as a student) at the Laboratory for Neuroanatomy and at the Neurosurgical Clinic of the university. He received his PhD for his study of the histochemistry of focal epilepsies.[3]

In 1982 he became a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and created the Department of Neurosurgery of the Erasme Hospital. In 1998, this department was nominated as the "First worldwide WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Neurosurgery" by the WHO.[3]

From 1989 to 1992, he was the head of the Belgian Society for Neurosurgery. Between 1991 and 1994, he presided over the French Language Society for Neurosurgery. Between 1997 and 2001, he became chairman of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Since 2003, he is a member of the board of the Francqui Foundation.[4]

Jacques Brotchi became senator in 2004. In 2005, he joined the scientific committee of the Baillet Latour Prize and became chairman of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.[4]

He is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and of the French Academy of Surgery.[3]

In 2000, he was awarded the Joseph Maisin Prize.[3] In 2008, he was one of the two Mensch of the Year of the Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif de Belgique.[5] In May 2007, he was made a baron by King Albert II of Belgium.[6] In November 2008, he received the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[7]

In 2011, he resigned from the board of Université Libre de Bruxelles in protest against the university's failure to address a series of antisemitic incidents on campus.[8]

In 2019 as punishment for visiting Taiwan he received a lifetime ban from entering China.[9]


Belgian Honours

Foreign Honours


Apart from over 350 articles, 65 of them listed at PubMed [au], Brotchi also edited:

  • Intramedullary spinal cord tumors, by Georges Fischer, Jacques Brotchi, and D. Baleriaux, Thieme Medical Publishers 1996. ISBN 978-3-13-101871-7


  1. ^ "Belgische Senaat" (in Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  2. ^ Baumann, Roland (2 May 2008). "Jacques Brotchi - Une vie au service des autres" (in French). CCLJ. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jacques Brotchi". The Society of Neurological Surgeons. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jacques Brotchi" (in French). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Le prix du "Mensch de l'Année"" (in French). CCLJ. 2008. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  6. ^ a b c Jacques Brotchi's website, Personal Biography
  7. ^ "Hebreeuwse universiteit reikt prijs uit aan Belgische neurochirurg" (in Dutch). De Morgen. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Prominent Belgian Jewish figure resigned from Brussels University Board to denounce anti-Semitic incidents". European Jewish Press. 2011-07-17. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  9. ^ Aspinwall, Nick. "Czech Companies the Latest Target of Chinese Retaliation for Taiwan Ties". thediplomat.com. The Diplomat. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d e Belgian Senate, Senators Biography 2007, p.43-46
Political offices
Preceded by
Christine Defraigne
President of the Belgian Senate
Succeeded by
Sabine Laruelle

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