Filip Dewallens studied law at the KU Leuven (magna cum laude) and obtained a PhD in Law (Doctor of Law) on the legal status of the hospital physician. He is a Member of the Leuven and Antwerp Bar and managing partner of the firm.
In the field of health law he has a particular focus on hospital law, hospital governance and networks in healthcare. Thus he guided the merger process of more than 30 hospitals and is a permanent advisor of boards of directors, executive committees, medical boards, professional associations and hospital physicians. Between 2004 and 2009 he was member of the board of ZiekenhuisNetwerk Antwerpen (ZNA), the country's largest hospital group. On an international level Filip has worked for the IMF, the World Bank (Macedonia 1997, Slovenia 2004) and the Council of Europe (Montenegro 2008, Serbia 2009).
Filip is a professor of medical law at the University of Antwerp (Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair (AHLEC)) and a visiting professor at the law faculty of KU Leuven. Filip is president of the 'Vlaamse Vereniging voor Gezondheidsrecht' (Flemish Association for Healthcare Law) and he published more than hundred scientific books and articles. He is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal "Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidsrecht/Revue de Droit de la Santé" (Journal for Health Law) and co-editor of the series of monographs entitled “Gezondheidsrecht” (Health Law). Together with Prof. dr. Thierry Vansweevelt he is the editor of the “Handboek Gezondheidsrecht” (Manual on Health Law), a monumental standard reference work in two volumes. In 2015 he published his book “The legal status of the hospital physician". Filip was a member of the board of the KU Leuven between 2014 and 2018.