Raf Van Goethem studied law at the KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) (cum laude). Afterwards he was an assistant research fellow of Prof. dr. Danny Pieters at the 'Instituut voor Sociaal Recht' (Institute for social law) of the law faculty of the KU Leuven. After his apprenticeship at the Brussels Bar he settled in Leuven in 1994 where he co-founded the former law firm Dewallens & Van Goethem.
At the law firm Raf is responsible for medical procedural law. He built a unique experience and a highly appreciated reputation in managing and dealing with individual and collective conflicts between hospital physicians and hospitals. He is also specialized in medical liability law. He gives dozens of lectures a year on this subject in Belgium and abroad.
Raf publishes on the medical liability and on the status of the hospital physician. In the past he lectured medical liability at the Vesalius program (physician alumni KU Leuven) and today he is attached to the EHSAL Management school where he lectures “General Management for physician specialists” and “Management in healthcare and welfare”.