Academic General Practice

I studied medicine in Groningen (registred as a medical doctor in 2002). After having worked on various internships on the emergency, cardiology, internal medicine and pulmonology wards, I decided to start my vocational training in general practice at the University Medical Center in Groningen. In 2007, I completed my training in general practice and shortly after started my PhD thesis at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, on diagnosing pulmonary embolism in primary care (supervisors professor Moons and professor Hoes). I finished my PhD in 2011 and continue to work at the Julius Center since then (current position Associate Professor).

My research line is on optimizing thrombosis care from a primary care perspective. The focus of my work is prediction. This can be either a diagnostic prediction e.g. in case of suspected pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, a prognostic prediction on the occurence of adverse outcomes in e.g. atrial fibrillation or recurrence risk in venous thrombosis, or even a prediction of treatment effect e.g. in frail elderly patients treated with anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.