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Dr G.J.M.G. van der Heijden (1958) has been appointed professor of Social Dentistry at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Dentistry.

Prof Geert van de Heijden
Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans

Geert van der Heijden carries out research into the effectiveness of care. He primarily conducts therapeutic effect studies, meta-analyses, and diagnostic and prognostic accuracy studies.

Van der Heijden has a keen interest in the effective use of available knowledge. His focus lies on accelerating the application of knowledge and on incorporating knowledge in practice guidelines. In his capacity as professor of Social Dentistry, Van der Heijden will put emphasis on Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Decision-Making. He aims to make a major contribution to the design and development of the Dutch guidelines programme for dental care. He expects to achieve synergy between fundamental and applied oral health research in the acquisition of research funding and conduct of research projects.

Van der Heijden is a clinical epidemiologist. He has worked as associate professor at the department of Epidemiology, division Julius Centrum at UMC Utrecht. He has also been Head of Research at the department Otorhinolaryngology, divison Surgery at UMC Utrecht. He previously worked as senior researcher for the Institute of Rehabilitation Research in Hoensbroek and as assistant professor at the department of Epidemiology at Maastricht University. Van der Heijden is a proficient researcher and has been awarded several research grants. He is an experienced senior lecturer in teaching evidence-based medicine and epidemiological research. Van der Heijden has authored a number of national and international clinical practice guidelines and standards and has published articles in journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, PLOS ONE and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. With over 290 publications and more than 7,500 citations, Van der Heijden has achieved an H-index of 46 (1 June 2013).

Van der Heijden sits on the Supervisory Committee of the research programme of Evidence-Based Education initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and on the Educational Programme Assessment and Review Committee of the Netherlands Epidemiology Society. He is associate editor of BMC Journal of Medical Case Reports and is a member of various guidelines committees.