prof. dr. C.H. van der Vaart

Full Professor

  • Reproductive Medicine & Gynecology - Medical


Prof Huub van der Vaart is member of staff at the UMCU since 1996. He finished his thesis on “pelvic floor dysfunction quality of life in women” in 2001, and is professor in urogynaecology since February 2012. This work was the foundation for the national pelvic floor questionnaire as one of the first examples of measuring patient-related outcome and quality of life. He is an active member of the Dutch working party on pelvic floor of which he was chairman between 2004-2010. During this period the urogynaecology was acknowledged as subspecialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is actively involved in the development of national guidelines on incontinence. He was trained at the Harvard Business school in the program “managing health care delivery”. Alongside his research activities, which have been patient outcome centered, his interest focusses on new ways to deliver health care to women. From this perspective (creating value) he started a specialized outpatient urogynaecology clinic based on a new business model (ZBC) in 2002. At this stage the research focus is expending form patient-centered studies to basic science and translational medicine. There is a collaboration with several international (Cleveland, Leuven, München. Mississippi) and national (AMC, Radboud) partners.

Side Activities

  • Member of the scientific committee of the International Urogynaecological Association.

    Member of the education and scientific committee of the European Urogynaecological Association

    Adviseur Patiëntenvereniging BB4all Gynaecologie Nederland

Fellowship and Awards

  • ZonMw doelmatigheidsonderzoek grant (2x)

    ZonMw multidisciplinary guideline urinary incontinence in women

Research Output (122)

Multiple doses of stem cells maintain urethral function in a model of neuromuscular injury resulting in stress urinary incontinence

Janssen Kristine, Lin Dan Li, Hanzlicek Brett, Deng Kangli, Balog Brian M, van der Vaart Carl H, Damaser Margot S 14 aug 2019, In: American journal of physiology. Renal physiology. 317 , p. F1047-F1057

Stress urinary incontinence after vaginal prolapse repair:development and internal validation of a prediction model with and without the stress test

van der Ploeg J Marinus, Steyerberg Ewout W, Zwolsman Sandra E, van der Vaart C Huub, Roovers Jan-Paul W R 7 mrt 2019, In: Neurourology and Urodynamics. 38 , p. 1086-1092 7 p.

Underestimation of pelvic organ prolapse in the supine straining position, based on magnetic resonance imaging findings

Grob Anique T.M., Heuvel Judith olde, Futterer Jurgen J., Massop Diana, Veenstra van Nieuwenhoven Angelique L., Simonis Frank F.J., van der Vaart Carl H. 1 jan 2019, In: International Urogynecology Journal. 30 , p. 1939-1944 6 p.

Echogenicity of puborectalis muscle, cervix and vastus lateralis muscle in pregnancy in relation to mode of delivery

Van de Waarsenburg M K, Withagen M I J, van den Noort F, Schagen van Leeuwen J H, van der Vaart C H 21 nov 2018, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 54 , p. 119-123 5 p.

Deep learning enables automatic quantitative assessment of puborectalis muscle and urogenital hiatus in plane of minimal hiatal dimensions

van den Noort F, van der Vaart C H, Grob A T M, van de Waarsenburg M K, Slump C H, van Stralen M 21 nov 2018, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 54 , p. 270-275 6 p.

Recovery of puborectalis muscle after vaginal delivery:an ultrasound study

Van de Waarsenburg M K, Verberne E A, van der Vaart C H, Withagen M I J sep 2018, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 52 , p. 390-395 6 p.

Automatic segmentation of puborectalis muscle on three-dimensional transperineal ultrasound

van den Noort F., Grob A. T.M., Slump C. H., van der Vaart C. H., van Stralen M. 1 jul 2018, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 52 , p. 97-102 6 p.

Structural changes in puborectalis muscle after vaginal delivery

Van de Waarsenburg M K, van der Vaart C H, Withagen M I J 26 jun 2018, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 53 , p. 256-261 6 p.

Prolapse surgery with or without incontinence procedure:a systematic review and meta-analysis

van der Ploeg J. M., van der Steen A., Zwolsman S., van der Vaart C. H., Roovers J. P.W.R. 1 feb 2018, In: BJOG - An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 125 , p. 289-297 9 p.

The predictive value of demonstrable stress incontinence during basic office evaluation and urodynamics in women without symptomatic urinary incontinence undergoing vaginal prolapse surgery

van der Ploeg J Marinus, Zwolsman Sandra E, Posthuma Selina, Wiarda Hylco S., van der Vaart C. Huub, Roovers Jan-Paul W R 2018, In: Neurourology and Urodynamics. 37 , p. 1011-1018

All Research Output (122)