prof. dr. R.L.A.W. (Ronald L.A.W.) Bleys

prof. dr. R.L.A.W. (Ronald L.A.W.) Bleys

Full Professor
prof. dr. R.L.A.W. (Ronald L.A.W.) Bleys
  • Department of Anatomy



Ronald L.A.W. Bleys (1959) graduated as MD in 1986 at Utrecht University. He has been working as an anatomist at the medical faculty of Utrecht University (now: University Medical Center Utrecht) since 1987. In 1995 he received his PhD degree on the thesis “Innervation of the basal cerebral arteries: pathways and densities”. Part of this research had been performed at the department of anatomy of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, UK. In 1999 he became registered as medical morphological investigator by the Foundation for Biomedical Scientific Research Training (SMBWO). He became head of department of Anatomy in 2000 and full professor of Clinical Anatomy in 2012.

His recent research work has focused on the interactions between the vascular system and the autonomic nervous system. More specifically, he is investigating the role of the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of inflammatory responses. Furthermore in collaboration with clinicians of especially surgical disciplines he has been participating in clinical anatomical research projects, with special focus on esophageal cancer surgery. 

He is an allround anatomist with an enormous teaching experience, including training of medical residents and specialists. His department has become a centre of excellence for postgraduate anatomical training in the Netherlands and hosts well known international courses. His own specialty is the head and neck region. He is also involved in teaching innovations, one of them being the development and implementation of virtual 3D anatomical models. 

Side Activities

Nederlandse Anatomen Vereniging, board member

Medische Arthroscopie en Endoscopie Stichting, president

Member of editorial board of Clinical Anatomy

Stichting Medisch Faculteitsfonds Talma-Eykman, treasurer and secretary

Faculty Club Utrecht University, president

Medische Studenten Faculteitsvereniging Utrecht "Sams", member of supervisory and advisory board

Vereniging Chirurgie voor Medisch Studenten, member of board of recommendation

Fellowship and Awards

Honorary doctorate, Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia, 2015

Outstanding Teacher Award, Utrecht University, 2013

Medal of honor, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria, 1997

Talma Eykman award for Teacher of the year, Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University, 1990

Research Output (128)

Topographic features of nano-pores within the osteochondral interface and their effects on transport properties –a 3D imaging and modeling study

Pouran Behdad, Raoof Amir, de Winter D. A.Matthijs, Arbabi Vahid, Bleys Ronald L.A.W., Beekman Frederik J., Zadpoor Amir A., Malda Jos, Weinans Harrie 23 jun 2021, In: Journal of Biomechanics. 123 8 p.

A parapagus dicephalus tripus tribrachius conjoined twin with a unique morphological pattern:A case report

Bovendeert Jeske F.M., Nievelstein Rutger A.J., Bleys Ronald L.A.W., Cleypool Cindy G.J. 3 okt 2020, In: Journal of Medical Case Reports. 14 , p. 1-9

Metastatic incidence of (PET)CT positive lung hilar and retroperitoneal lymph nodes in esophageal cancer patients

Schurink B., Mazza E., Ruurda J. P., Roeling T. A.P., Bleys R. L.A.W., van Hillegersberg R. 1 jun 2020, In: Surgical Oncology. 33 , p. 170-176 7 p.

Effect of vagus nerve stimulation on tissue damage and function loss in a mouse myocardial ischemia-reperfusion model

Nederhoff M. G.J., Fransen D. E., Verlinde S. A.M.W., Brans M. A.D., Pasterkamp G., Bleys R. L.A.W. 1 nov 2019, In: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical. 221

Effect of bilateral carotid occlusion on cerebral hemodynamics and perivascular innervation:An experimental rat model

Rots M. L., de Borst G. J., van der Toorn A., Moll F. L., Pennekamp C. W.A., Dijkhuizen R. M., Bleys R. L.A.W. 1 okt 2019, In: Journal of Comparative Neurology. 527 , p. 2263-2272 10 p.

Does an Additional Online Anatomy Course Improve Performance of Medical Students on Gross Anatomy Examinations?

Chang Chan Ana Yoe Cheng, Custers Eugene J.F.M., van Leeuwen Maarten Simon, Bleys Ronald L.A.W., ten Cate Olle 15 sep 2019, In: Medical Science Educator. 29 , p. 697-707 11 p.

Sympathetic nerve tissue in milky spots of the human greater omentum

Cleypool Cindy G J, Schurink Bernadette, van der Horst Dorinde E M, Bleys Ronald L A W 9 sep 2019, In: Journal of Anatomy. 236 , p. 156-164 9 p.

Direct Comparison of the Thickness Of The Parietal Peritoneum Using Peritoneal Biopsy and Ultrasonography of the Abdominal Wall in Patients Treated with Peritoneal Dialysis

Abrahams Alferso C, Dendooven Amélie, van der Veer Jan Willem, Wientjes Rens, Toorop Raechel J, Bleys Ronald L, Hendrickx Antoni P, van Leeuwen Maarten S, de Lussanet Quido G, Verhaar Marianne C, Stapper Gerard, Nguyen Tri Q 23 jul 2019, In: Peritoneal Dialysis International. 39 , p. 455-464 10 p.

Preclinical Feasibility of the Bio-Airbrush for Arthroscopic Cell-Based Cartilage Repair

Dijkstra Koen, Huitsing Roeland P J, Custers Roel J H, Kouwenhoven Jan Willem M, Bleys Ronald L A W, Vonk Lucienne A, Saris Daniël B F jul 2019, In: Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods. 25 , p. 379-388 10 p.

Correction to:Does an additional online anatomy course improve performance of medical students on gross anatomy examinations?

Chang Chan Ana Yoe Cheng, Custer Eugene J.F.M., van Leeuwen Maarten Simon, Bleys Ronald L.A.W., ten Cate Olle jun 2019, In: Medical Science Educator. 29 , p. 891 1 p.

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