J. Murray Beardsley Professor of Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Francois Luks is the J. Murray Beardsley Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics &Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and  Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief at Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island Hospital. He is Co-Director of the Fetal Treatment Program of New England and Director of the Brown Program in Fetal Medicine . From 2005 to 2017, he was Course Director for the Multidisciplinary Fetal Medicine Course (BIOL 6505), a pre-clinical seminar taught to PLME and medical students. He has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and over 200 abstracts. His research interests include fetal development and fetal surgery, and in particular the etiology of Twin-to-twin Transfusion Syndrome. He is a past president of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society (IFMSS). He was the site Principal Investigator for the first randomized study on endoscopic fetal surgery for this syndrome; the Brown Fetal Treatment Program was the only North-American center participating in the study. The Program is a founding member of the North American Fetal Treatment Network (NAFTNet).

Since 2012, he has led a one-day workshop on medical illustration for 1st year medical students, as part of the Integrated Medical Arts and Humanities program. He is director of the preclinical elective The Physician as Medical Illustrator (BIOL 6527).

In 2017, the first full-semester course in medical illustration was offered to PLME and other Brown undergraduate students, in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design: Introduction to Medical Illustration (PLME 0400).

In his book, MedSpeak Illuminated: The art and practice of medical illustration (Kent State University Press, 2022), he explores the different aspects of visual communication in medicine and science.

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