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Research interests

When I started my research career in 2014, I was focussed on qualitative research on digital, post-graduate medical education. My PhD taught me qualitative analysis methodologies, Delphi studies and focus groups. After finishing my PhD in 2019, I was able to continue qualitative research. My research scope and network have broadened, and my special interests now mainly lie in:

  • surgical innovation; here, I focus on evaluating new techniques following the IDEAL process of, for example, uterine niches, fibroid and robotic surgery and transgender surgery.
  • advanced ultrasound imaging; I focus on uterine abnormalities, aiming at a more uniform and standardised gynaecological ultrasound method while using 3D, elastography, CEUS and microvascularity.
  • eHealth and artificial intelligence; we have developed and evaluated several smartphone applications, which we are validating and converting into home diagnostic and treatment applications. Next to these studies, I collaborate with the computer science department of Cambridge to create AI image recognition models.
  • the efficiency of digital medical education; I collaborate with the University of Groningen to find the most effective method of presenting and using digital education in a hybrid education scenario.


After finishing my residency in 2017, I already did two years of differentiation in academic benign gynaecology. As a consultant at the VUmc, I am part of the endometriosis and transgender team, became a DaVinci console surgeon, got IOTA ultrasound accredited and I perform most complex benign gynaecological surgeries. My current clinical specialisations are:

  • complex benign, minimally invasive surgery, including endometriosis
  • advanced gynaecological ultrasound, with a special interest in endo- and adenomyosis
  • tertiary referral cases for fibroids, niches, adenomyosis, endometriosis and last resort presentations
  • transgender surgery and fertility counselling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Level 2 Neuropelveologist, International Society of NeuroPelveology (ISNP)

Award Date: 30 Sept 2023

Level 1 Neuropelveologist, International Society of NeuroPelveology (ISNP)

Award Date: 21 May 2023

Basic Qualification in Education (BKO), VUmc

Award Date: 16 Aug 2021

Intuitive Console Surgeon, Intuitive Surgical

Award Date: 1 Jun 2020

PhD, Guiding the digital Educator, VU University

Award Date: 21 Jun 2019

Basic Course on Regulations and Organisation for clinical investigators (BROK), NFU

Award Date: 4 Mar 2018

Master, Master of Science in Medicin, AMC-UvA, Netherlands

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

Bachelor, Undergraduate in Psychology, UvA

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

Bachelor, Bachelor Theater Arts, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

Award Date: 1 Sept 2001

External positions

Voorzitter Cie Curriculum

1 Nov 2022 → …

Special Interest Group Robotic Surgery, ESGE

2022 → …

Board member Digital Learning Environment platform, FMS

2021 → …

Board member Dutch Myoma group, Mycena

2021 → …

President NVOG working group LOGO, NVOG

2021 → …

Member niche Taskforce, ESGE

2020 → …

Board member working group LOGO, NVOG


Board member Working Group Gynaecological Endoscopy, NVOG


Board member Association of Residents in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (VAGO), NVOG



2003 → …


  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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