Karolina Kindt, MD, MS, CEDE

Emergency Physician
Head of the Emergency Department
AZ Sint-Maarten
Mechelen, Belgium

Dr. Karolina Kindt graduated as a medical doctor in 1998 at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She earned a master’s degree in Family Medicine in 2000, a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine in 2001 (Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium), and a master’s degree in mass casualty and disaster management in 2003 (at the University of Leuven).

Dr. Karolina Kindt is also an APLS (Advanced Pediatric Life Support) instructor since 2006, with a special interest in managing good children’s care (traumatic and non-traumatic) at the ED and communication with children and parents in all circumstances.

She got her master’s degree in Emergency Medicine in 2009 and since then she has been head of the Emergency Department of the AZ Sint-Maarten Hospital in Mechelen. In October 2019 the hospital has integrated its 3 sites into a single new building, including two completely different working ED’s into one Emergency Department. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was a great challenge, and an opportunity to show how important good leadership is. A brand new organisation model was introduced in the new ED and a lot of changes had to be implemented in a short time.

Since 2019 she runs the Training Program of University Residents in Emergency Medicine (the University of Leuven and University of Antwerp) in Mechelen.

In 2020 she coordinated the Covid Crisis in the ED en since the beginning of 2021 she is implementing two programs in the ED: ‘Fair Care for Children throughout the Hospital’s and ‘the Specific Care for Elderly People in the ED’.

Dr. Kindt earned a master’s degree in Health Policy and Hospital Management in 2017.

Dr. Kindt is a member of the board of the IEDLI (International Emergency Department Leadership Institute) and a mentor in the CEDE Certification Course.

She is also a member of Besidim and Eusem.

Her special interests are team management, change management, how to keep a healthy work-life balance in a team, children in the ED, communication skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, and supervising the trainees.