prof. dr. J.P. (Jelle) Ruurda

prof. dr. J.P. (Jelle) Ruurda

Full Professor
prof. dr. J.P. (Jelle) Ruurda
  • Department of Surgical Oncology

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Jelle Ruurda attended medical school in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After finishing, in 2000, he joined the surgical department he University Medical Center Utrecht, to perform research on the first experiences with robot-assisted surgery. In 2003 he received his PhD, the first PhD on robotic surgery worldwide. Hereafter, he started his residency and was registered as general surgeon in 2010. In 2010-2011, he worked as a fellow in digestive surgery in the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He was appointed as staff surgeon at the University Medical Center Utrecht in 2011. From 2019 he is a full professor with his chair in robot-assisted and minimally invasive surgery. His clinical interest is upper gastrointestinal tract surgery and he is the clinical lead for malignancies of the upper gastro-intestinal tract. Jelle Ruurda started with robotic surgery already in 2000 and since his return in Utrecht fully focusses on robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy and gastrectomy. Research is focused on minimally invasive and robotic surgery, but also surgical imaging and innovations are topics of research. He founded the Dutch biobank for esophageal and gastric cancer patients, which holds both blood and tissue samples of patients undergoing treatment. His research efforts are dedicated to defining the patient groups that benefit most from surgical treatment and making that surgical treatment possible with a minimum of side effects. He has authored and co-authored over 15 chapters in textbooks and over 250 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

He is a past board member of the Dutch Society for gastrointestinal surgery, founder and chair of the Dutch Robotic surgery working group and also leads the working group for surgical innovation of the Dutch Surgical Society. He is a board member of the Dutch Federation of Medical Specialists, where he chairs the committee for science, innovation and healthcare evaluation. He also is the chairman of the scientific committee, and member of the educational committee of the Upper GI International Robotic Association (UGIRA).

Side Activities


*: unpaid

Research Output (370)

Incidence, Stage, Treatment, and Survival of Noncardia Gastric Cancer

van Velzen Merel J M, Braemer Michelle, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, van Sandick Johanna W, Siersema Peter D, Ruurda Jelle P, Verheij Marcel, Spaander Manon C W, Beerepoot Laurens V, Haj Mohammad Nadia, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M, Verhoeven Rob H A 1 Aug 2023, In: JAMA network open. 6

Challenges During Esophagectomy in Presence of Thoracic Anatomical Anomalies:A Report of Three Cases

Den Boer Robin, Fourie Lana, Weusten Bas, Moons Leon, Bleys Ronald, Cuesta Miguel, Ruurda Jelle, van Hillegersberg Richard Aug 2023, In: Anticancer Research. 43 , p. 3553-3561 9 p.

Risk factors and consequences of post-esophagectomy delirium:a systematic review and meta-analysis

Papaconstantinou Dimitrios, Frountzas Maximos, Ruurda Jelle P., Mantziari Stella, Tsilimigras Diamantis I., Koliakos Nikolaos, Tsivgoulis Georgios, Schizas Dimitrios 27 Jul 2023, In: Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. 36

Trends in surgical techniques for the treatment of esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer:the 2022 update

de Groot E. M., Goense L., Kingma B. F., Haverkamp L., Ruurda J. P., van Hillegersberg R. 1 Jul 2023, In: Diseases of the Esophagus. 36

A novel anatomical description of the esophagus:the supracarinal mesoesophagus

Cuesta Miguel A, van Jaarsveld Romy C, Mingol Fernando, Bleys Ronald L A W, van Hillegersberg Richard, Padules Carmen, Bruna Marcos, Ruurda Jelle P 14 Jun 2023, In: Surgical endoscopy. 37 , p. 6895-6900 6 p.

The apron of the greater omentum of gastric cancer patients contains various lymphoid structures including lymph nodes

Schurink B., Cleypool C. G.J., Brosens L. A.A., Ruurda J. P., Mackaaij Claire, Roeling T. A.P., van Hillegersberg R., Bleys R. L.A.W. Jun 2023, In: Translational Research in Anatomy. 31

Prognostic Value of [18F]FDG PET Radiomics to Detect Peritoneal and Distant Metastases in Locally Advanced Gastric Cancer-A Side Study of the Prospective Multicentre PLASTIC Study.

Pullen Lieke C E, Noortman Wyanne A, Triemstra Lianne, de Jongh Cas, Rademaker Fenna J, Spijkerman Romy, Kalisvaart Gijsbert M, Gertsen Emma C, de Geus-Oei Lioe-Fee, Tolboom Nelleke, de Steur Wobbe O, Dantuma Maura, Slart Riemer H J A, van Hillegersberg Richard, Siersema Peter D, Ruurda Jelle P, van Velden Floris H P, Vegt Erik, On Behalf Of The Plastic Study Group 23 May 2023, In: Cancers. 15

Exploring the Modulatory Effect of High-Fat Nutrition on Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Acute Lung Injury in Vagotomized Rats and the Role of the Vagus Nerve

Seesing Maarten F J, Janssen Henricus J B, Geraedts Tessa C M, Weijs Teus J, van Ark Ingrid, Leusink-Muis Thea, Folkerts Gert, Garssen Johan, Ruurda Jelle P, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, van Hillegersberg Richard, Luyer Misha D P 16 May 2023, In: Nutrients. 15 16 p.

Perceived facilitators and barriers by esophageal cancer survivors participating in a post-treatment exercise program

van Vulpen Jonna K, Witlox Lenja, Methorst-de Haan Alida C, Hiensch Anouk E, van Hillegersberg Richard, Ruurda Jelle P, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, Kouwenhoven Ewout A, Siersema Peter D, May Anne M 6 May 2023, In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 31 , p. 320

ASO Visual Abstract:Safety and Feasibility of Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (RAMIE) with Three-Field Lymphadenectomy and Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy in Patients with Resectable Esophageal Cancer and Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis

van der Horst S., Weijs T. J., Braunius W. W., Mook S., Mohammed N. Haj, Brosens L., van Rossum P. S.N., Weusten B. L.A.M., Ruurda J. P., van Hillegersberg R. 1 May 2023, In: Annals of surgical oncology. 30 , p. 2755-2756 2 p.

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