prof. dr. F.H. Rutten

prof. dr. F.H. Rutten

Full Professor
prof. dr. F.H. Rutten
  • Julius Center, dept. General Practice & Nursing Science
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



I hold a position as professor in general practice. I lead a research group focusing on the management of cardiovascular disease in primary care, from early detection of disease and risk-stratification to risk-based treatment.

My teaching activities cover being involved in educational programs at the bachelor (CRU) and master (Summa) level at the medical school, and also being involved in the specialty training and post-graduate training courses of general practitioners. I am a member of the steering committee of the Dutch 'kaderopleiding hart- en vaatziekten' for general practitioners and actively participate in its teaching program.

My research group has contributed to improving the diagnosis of heart failure and deep venous thrombosis in the primary care setting, and our studies have been used as building blocks for diagnostic algorithms recommended by the (inter)national guidelines regarding these diseases. By showing that unrecognized heart failure is common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and also in type 2 diabetes, our work has helped revolutionize clinical practice. I contributed to the development of guidelines on heart failure, atrial fibrillation, left ventricular hypertrophy and Non-ST elevated Acute Coronary Syndrome for the European Society of Cardiology, and also to the educational practice guideline documents on heart failure and atrial fibrillation for the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. Over the years I have been actively involved in working groups of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, and was instrumental in translating the interactive website '' to Dutch, making it understandable for patients and their carers.

Within the UMC Utrecht, I am member of the coreteam of the theme ('speerpunt') Circulatory Health.

I managed to acquire ample funding for the clinical research activities of our research group. In 2017 I became the successful recipient of a research grant of Cardiovascular Research Netherlands (CVON), with myself being the main applicant of a consortium that will focus on early diagnosis of heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease in patients who participate in primary care disease management programs for COPD or type 2 diabetes. The aim is to facilitate early treatment and improve prognosis by preventing acute cardiovascular events such as acute heart failure, stroke and acute coronary syndrome.

I am coordinator of the Research Programme Cardiovascular Health of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the UMC Utrecht. In addition I am member of the leadership team of the Julius Center, chair of research of the department of general practice, and board member of the management team of the department of General Practice within the Julius Center.

I collaborate with other departments of the Julius Center (epidemiology, public health and nursing sciences) and the clinical departments of Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine and renal disease, as well as with the department of imaging.

Side Activities

2018- Member of the Advisory Board of the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

2017- Board Member of the research consortium of Dutch General Practitioners and of the 'Interfacultair Overleg Huisartsgeneeskunde, Research (IOH-R)'

2015-2022 Board Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Heart Foundation

2014-2018 Editorial Board Member of Family Practice

2012- Board Member and supervisor of General Practioners' 'Kaderopleiding hart- en vaatziekten'

1992-2018 General Practitioner, part-time, in Rhenen 

2018- Free lance General Practitioner no more than one day a week

2021- Editorial Board Member Frontiers of cardiovascular epidemiology

2019- Vice chair of the ZonMw research programme 'Early detection of disease'

Fellowship and Awards

2014   Utrecht General Practitioner of the year award

2017-  Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

2018   The Dr. Carel Bakx award for achievements in cardiovascular research in primary care

Research Output (326)

Het effect van of-vragen tijdens telefonische triage

Erkelens Carmen, van Charldorp Tessa, Vinck Vera, Wouters Loes, Damoiseaux Roger, Rutten Frans, Zwart D. L.M., de Groot E. 2021, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 65 , p. 11-17 7 p.

Guía ESC 2020 sobre el diagnóstico y tratamiento del síndrome coronario agudo sin elevación del segmento ST:Grupo de Trabajo de la Sociedad Europea de Cardiología (ESC) para el diagnóstico y tratamiento del síndrome coronario agudo (SCA) en pacientes sin elevación persistente del segmento ST

Collet Jean Philippe, Thiele Holger, Barbato Emanuele, Barthélémy Olivier, Bauersachs Johann, Bhatt Deepak L., Dendale Paul, Dorobantu Maria, Edvardsen Thor, Folliguet Thierry, Gale Chris P., Gilard Martine, Jobs Alexander, Jüni Peter, Lambrinou Ekaterini, Lewis Basil S., Mehilli Julinda, Meliga Emanuele, Merkely Béla, Mueller Christian, Roffi Marco, Rutten Frans H., Sibbing Dirk, Siontis George C.M. 2021, In: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia. 74 , p. 544.e1-544.e73

The evidence for pharmacist care in outpatients with heart failure:a systematic review and meta-analysis

Schumacher Pia M., Becker Nicolas, Tsuyuki Ross T., Griese-Mammen Nina, Koshman Sheri L., McDonald Michael A., Bouvy Marcel, Rutten Frans H., Laufs Ulrich, Böhm Michael, Schulz Martin 2021, In: ESC heart failure. 8 , p. 3566-3576 11 p.

Gemist acuut coronair syndroom bij triage op de huisartsenpost

Erkelens Carmen, Rutten Frans, Wouters Loes, Kirkels Harmke, Poldervaart Judith, de Groot Esther, Damoiseaux R. A.M.J., Hoes A. W., Zwart D. L.M. 2021, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 64 , p. 27-30 4 p.

Nu thuismeting van zuurstofsaturatie ineens reguliere huisartsenzorg lijkt te zijn…

Zwart Dorien, Venekamp Roderick, Smit Karin, Geersing Geert Jan, Kalkman Cor, Rutten Frans 2021, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 64 , p. 43-44 2 p.

Sneller een ambulance bij thoracale klachten ’s nachts

Wouters Loes, Zwart Dorien, Erkelens Carmen, Cheung Noël, de Groot Esther, Damoiseaux Roger, Hoes A. W., Rutten F. H. 2021, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 64 , p. 31-34 4 p.

Telefonische triage bij acute thoracale klachten

Wouters Loes, Zwart Dorien, Erkelens Daphne, Huijsmans Marlies, Hoes Arno, Damoiseaux Roger, Rutten F. H., de Groot E. 2021, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 64 , p. 41-44 4 p.

Real-life impact of clinical prediction rules for venous thromboembolism in primary care:a cross-sectional cohort study

van Maanen Rosanne, Kingma Annelieke E C, Oudega Ruud, Rutten Frans H, Moons Karel, Geersing Geert-Jan 28 Dec 2020, In: BMJ Open. 10 , p. 1-13

Is the time of calling helpful for differentiating transient ischaemic attack and stroke from mimics in primary care out-of-hours services?:A cross-sectional study

Erkelens Daphne Ca, Zwart Dorien L, van der Meer Gerben H, Wouters Loes Tcm, De Groot Esther, Damoiseaux Roger Amj, Hoes Arno W, Rutten Frans H 17 Dec 2020, In: BMJ Open. 10 , p. 1-10

Missed Acute Coronary Syndrome During Telephone Triage at Out-of-Hours Primary Care Lessons From A Case-Control Study

Erkelens Daphne C , Rutten Frans H, Wouters Loes, Kirkels Harmke, Poldervaart Judith, de Groot Esther, Damoiseaux Roger, Hoes Arno W., Zwart Dorien 14 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Patient Safety.

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