Wouter van der Bruggen, MD

Wouter van der Bruggen (1977) works as a consultant nuclear medicine physician in Santiz (Slingeland Ziekenhuis, Doetinchem and Streekziekenhuis Koningin Beatrix, Winterswijk, The Netherlands) since 2010.
In the year 2000 he received his MSc in Health Sciences at Radboud UMC in Nijmegen (under Prof L.A.L.M. Kiemeney) with a major in biostatistics and epidemiology. He received his MD in 2004 (Radboud UMC, Nijmegen) and started his nuclear medicine residency in 2005 (under Prof. F.H.M. Corstens & Prof. W.J.G. Oyen). In 2010 he registered as a specialist.

In 2012 he became Member of the Bone & Joint committee (BJC) of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), cooperating with his international colleagues to improve bone and joint molecular imaging (B&J MI) in three domains. First, to organize sessions on B&J MI on the yearly EANM congress. Second, to advance education for nuclear medicine physicians on B&J MI. As the education representative for the European School of Nuclear Medicine (ESMIT) he focused on educating colleagues for over 5 years on behalf of the BJC. This consisted of setting up the content for international teachings and workshops and giving lectures and hands-on interactive courses. The third working domain for the BJC consisted of initiating European guidelines endorsed by the EANM and cooperating societies. In 2018 he was vice-chair of the BJC and in 2019 he became a senior advisor. After more than two terms he retired from this committee in December 2019.

Recently, through Prof. De Geus-Oei and Dr. Vriens of the Section of Nuclear Medicine, dept. of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Wouter got the opportunity to get involved in clinical research on molecular imaging of benign metabolic bone and mineral diseases for the Center for Bone Quality in Leiden (head Dr. Appelman-Dijkstra, LUMC). Until now, this research focuses on fibrous dysplasia, with the first project called ‘Quantifying skeletal burden in fibrous dysplasia using Sodium Fluoride PET/CT’.

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