Head of Department of General and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam , Netherlands

Professor Michael H.J. Verhofstad (1968) is an orthopedic trauma surgeon. After his general surgical training and a fellowship program in trauma and orthopedic trauma in Utrecht, he worked .as a consultant for 10 years in a large non-academic trauma center. Since 2013 he is a professor in trauma surgery and directs the Department for General and Orthopaedic Trauma of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the largest level 1 Trauma Center in the Netherlands.

His current clinical and research activities mainly concern acute injuries and posttraumatic healing disorders of the extremities, pelvis, and trunk. Prof. Verhofstad has a special interest in the management of (complex) fractures, fracture-related infections, osseointegrated prostheses, organization of trauma care and injury classification. He is a dedicated teacher to students, residents, and colleagues. Besides these activities, he holds some board positions in national and international healthcare-related organizations.

Professional Activities; Work and Education

2013-current   :    Professor in ‘Trauma Surgery’, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (NL)Head of Department of General and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam

Clinical and scientific expertise areas: Polytrauma; Lower limb and pelvic injuries; Hand and wrist injuries; Distorted posttraumatic tissue healing (infection, nonunion and malunion); Biomaterials; Osseointegrated Prosthesis

Side positions           (last 5 years)

2018-today        :     President of the ‘Dutch Trauma Society’

2018-today        :     Chairman AOTK ‘Anti-Infection Expert Group’

2016-today        :     Board member ‘AO Netherlands’

2015-today        :     President ‘Rotterdamse Academische Specialistenvereniging’

2013-today        :     Member ‘Committee on clinical outcome’ of Dutch Trauma Society

2013-today        :     Member and/or Chairman of various hospital committees

2010-today        :     Trainer/mentor for fellows, surgical residents and physician assistants in General and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

2002-today        :     Independent medical expert for legal and insurance cases

2016-2018        :     Member AO ‘Anti-Infection Task Force’

2014-2019        :     President ‘Dutch Trauma Foundation’

2014-2019        :     Chairman ‘AO Basic Principles of Fracture Management’ course Netherlands

2011-2015        :     Member Concilium Chirurgicum and plenary site visit committee of the Dutch Surgical Society

2007-2013        :     Member ‘Committee on clinical outcome’ of the Dutch Surgical Society

Additional Relevant Education (Last 5 years)

2013                   :     Course ‘Good Clinical Practice’ (GCP)

2015                   :     Basic course ‘Regelgeving en Organisatie voor Klinisch onderzoekers’ (BROK)

2003-2012    :    Consultant General and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg

2002-2003    :    Fellow General and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, University Medical Centre Utrecht (Mentor: Prof. dr. Chr. van der Werken)

1999             :    PhD-thesis defense entitled ‘Diabetes and anastomotic healing in the intestine; an experimental study’

1999-2001    :    Training General Surgery, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg

                                   (Mentor: Prof. dr. J.A. Roukema)

1996-1998    :    Training General Surgery, Radboud Hospital, Nijmegen

                          (Mentor: Prof. dr. R.J.A. Goris)

1986-1995    :    Medicine/Medical Doctor, Radboud University, Nijmegen

1980-1986    :    Gymnasium ß Collegium Marianum, Venlo



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