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prof. dr. M. (Matthijs) Oudkerk

Professor of Radiology
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Professor Oudkerk is professor of Radiology at the University of Groningen, Chief Scientific Officer of the Institute for Diagnostic Accuracy- iDNA (formerly of the Center of Medical Imaging Norht East Netherlands (CMI-NEN) , NWO research Center of Exellence) and the principal investigator for Radiology of the NELSON lung cancer detection study. Founder and past president of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology and former Chairman of Radiology departments of DDHK Erasmus MC Rotterdam and University Medical Center Groningen. Prof. Oudkerk has a broad insight into new imaging modalities, algorithms and strategies. He is ranked as one the most influential researchers in Radiology in Europe (2019). For his research work he received prestigious grants such as ERC advanced grant, Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands (KNAW), Ministry of Science and Technology of China, NWO, KWF, NKB grants etc.He is lead investigator of the NELSON lungcancer detection study, the ROBINSCA study for coronary disease detection, NELCIN B3 study in China focusing on Lungcancer , coronary artery disease and pulmonary disease  in one imaging test. Many of the current and new guidelines are derived from his original work. For example- Diagnostic management strategies for pulmonary embolism, lungcancer screening, imaging of the myocardial ischaemic cascade etc-furthermore the introduction of High Power Gradient Magnetic Resonance Imaging and body MRI in Europe- Introduction of the first continuous rotating spiral computed tomography scanner. Prof. Oudkerk was invited as a member of the medical advisory board of Siemens AG, Germany for development of the first continuous rotating spiral CT and has been part of this board until the development of the current volume multi-detector CT scanners pushing forward the need for higher temporal resolutions in CT scanning comparable with EBT. With his researchteam he initiated the field of CT coronary imaging; / EBT coronary angiography- use of volume rendering for cardiac CT- fly-through coronary arteries on CT (CT angioscopy)- MDCT coronary angiography- 4D MDCT coronary visualization- MDCT thrombus detection in ACS- and he initiated in the field of CT lung cancer screening new management strategies for early lung cancer detection of the prospective multi-center lung cancer screening study (NELSON) since 2000. Other research activities are non-invasive testing of coronary atherosclerosis ( by- passing more than 20 indirect tests), imaging of  liver metastasis, coronary calcium scoring, vena cava stenting, MR infarct imaging, CT recognition of acute aortic dissection, infusion rate of contrast agents in small bowel imaging /, as well as the concept of high power gradient body MR generating many spin-off scientific publications. He has an influential vision on the future of imaging and health care, which has been rewarded with international awards and invitations to lecture on (inter-)national platforms Prof. Oudkerk has achieved to independently receive external financing for several research projects.  Cooperation with international partners throughout the world (among others, England, Poland, USA, China) in multidisciplinary multi-center studies. Prof. Oudkerk is inspiring many (inter-)national students to start their PhD research in his department, resulting in several PhD defenses per year.Prof Oudkerk published over 655 peer reviewed articles, is cited over 26,000 times with an H-index >90 (Scopus),1032 articles, 118.291 citations and H-index >100 (Google Scholar) Key publications in NEJM, Lancet, Thorax, Circulation, JACC, Eur Heart, Radiology, Lancet Oncology, etc.

Other positions

CURRENT POSITIONS 2024 - Senior Editor Springer Nature Cancer Imaging // 2023 - the International J Mulshine Leadership Award for Cancer Prevention and Research// 2022 - Honorary member of the Chinese Society of Radiology // 2021 Visiting Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine // 2020 - Chair committee of the National Institute for Public Health of the Netherlands on Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Thromboembolic Complications in COVID-19 // 2019 Chief Scentific Officer Institute for Diagnostic Accuracy // 2019 top 10 ranking most influential reseachers in Radiology // 2018 Senior Editor British Journal of Radiology // 2017 Honorary Member section Cardiovascular Radiology of Society of Radiology of the Netherlands // 2010 -2019 Medical Scientific Director of the Center for Medical Imaging//2016 - Personal Grant Royal Academy od Sciences of the Netherlands ( KNAW) China Exchange Programme // Since 2016: Member of the Catalyst Panel of the Population Research Committee of Cancer Research UK // Since 2006 Chairman of the Program Committee of the Netherland Heart Days// 2015 Reference Trainee in the ESOR/ESCR Exchange Programme for Cardiac Radiology Fellowship // 2013 ERC Advanced Grant// Since 2013: Honorary Member Bulgarian Association of Radiology; Fellow North American Society Cardiovascular Imaging; Fellow Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe// 2012 Taskforce member Topsector Life Sciences and Health Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Member Committee Dutch Roadmap Imaging and Image guided intervention of topsector Life Sciences and Health; Board member Innovative Medical Devices Initiative NWO/ZonMw ; Since 2011: Honorary Member of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology //2011 Congres President ESCR; Chairman of Cardiovascular Radiology of the Dutch Society of Radiology; Chairman of the Concilium Radiologicum of the Dutch Society of Radiology // 2011 European Diploma Cardiac Radiology // 2010 KNAW NWO delegate EXPO Shanghai; Chairman of the Committee for Modernizing the Dutch Radiological Training Charter //2003 - 2009 President of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology // 2000 - 2010 Chairman Dept. of Radiology UMCG Groningen// 1988 – 2000 Chairman Dept. Radiology Daniel Den Hoed Kliniek Rotterdam DDHK // Chairman of the Guideline Committee for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism; Professor of the Clinical Medical College of Shanghai Medical University; Pavlov Medal and Certificate Russian Academy of Scienes; Pro Bono Curantium Gold Medal for Merit of the Polish Academy of Science// Former functions: Board Member of the Fellowship Exchange Program of the European School of Radiology; Board Member of the Subspeciality Committee of the European Society of Radiology; European Chairman of the EUR-USA Guidelines Committee on Cardiac Radiology; Vice-Chair of the European Council of Cardiac Imaging; Member of the Editorial Board of European Radiology; Best Reviewer Certificate of the Editorial Board of European Radiology; Editor in Chief of the Journal of Diagnostic Imaging; Editor of the International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging (journal); Editor in Chief of Coronary Radiology (book); Editor in chief of Pulmory Embolism (book); Reviewer of more than 10 international journals; Program Director of many international congresses of radiology
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Contact information

Antonius Deusinglaan 3
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands