prof. dr. D.E. (Rick) Grobbee

prof. dr. D.E. (Rick) Grobbee

Full Professor
prof. dr. D.E. (Rick) Grobbee
  • Julius Center, dept. Epidemiology & Health Economics

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



Biographical Sketch

Diederick (Rick) E. Grobbee was trained as a medical doctor at Utrecht University. He then conducted PhD research in the field of hypertension at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (12/83-6/1986). After a residency in Internal Medicine, he returned to the Erasmus University as an associate professor and then Full professor of Clinical Epidemiology (1993). In Rotterdam he was responsible for the cardiovascular disease research program of the Department of Epidemiology, and was one of the founders of the Rotterdam Study ( In 1996 he was appointed professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Utrecht University and founded of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care (1996), a division of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) currently employing approximately 500 staff ( In 2008 he founded Julius Clinical Ltd., a full service Academic Clinical Research Organization ( of which he serves as Chief Medical Officer and Statutory Director. At the University Medical Center Utrecht, he was founding chair of the Center for Circulatory Health at the UMCU governing cardiovascular patient care, research and education. Previous positions include director of the Rotterdam Medical Research Foundation, member of the board of Erasmus University Medical Center, and visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University, Boston. He holds honorary appointments in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.  At Utrecht University he was appointed Distinguished University Professor in 2010.

Rick Grobbee has been a (principal) investigator in many large-scale epidemiologic studies and randomized intervention trials relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, cardiometabolic, and cardiorenal disease. In addition he works on the principles and methods of treatment research, trial design and (big-) data analysis. In the Netherlands he was member of the supervisory board of the Netherlands Heart Foundation and acted in several roles in committees of the National Research Council (ZonMW). He is chair of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) route "Prevention". He has been listed in the top 100 global most influential biomedical researchers (Eur J Clin Invest 2013 Dec;43(12):1339-65) and has consistently been ranked as highly cited author by Web of Science over the last decades.

Rick Grobbee has been on the editorial boards of several journals and (inter) national scientific, search, and site-visit committees. Current journal roles include editor-in-chief of Global Heart (, senior consulting editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology of which he served as editor-in-chief for eight years. He is a past-president of the European Association for Preventive Cardiology and member of the board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and chair of the ESC Global Affairs Committee. He is member of the board of the World Heart Federation. Rick Grobbee is fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and served as the chair of its Medical Section and Advisory Council for the Medical Sciences. He is honorary fellow of the Indonesian Heart Association and of the Romanian Society of Cardiology.  In recent years his attention has increasingly been directed towards global circulatory health ( ), and on-line education for which he founded Elevate, a platform providing global post graduate courses, masters programs and eductional consultancy ( ).  Rick Grobbee was a recipient of a 2019 NWO Gravitation Award "Exposomics" and current coordinator of three EU grants. In 2017 he was knighted by the Dutch King (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion). To date, Prof. Grobbee has authored or co-authored over 1,300 scientific papers (PubMed), chapters, and books, and has supervised more than 150 PhD fellows. His Hirsch index (Web of Science) is 151.


Side Activities


  • Chief Scientific Officer and Statutory Director, Julius Clinical Ltd. Academic Clinical Research Organization (0.5 Fte, paid)
  • Director, Utrecht University MSc and PhD in Epidemiology Programmes
  • Chair Missieteam 1 (Prevention), Health Holland (2020)
  • Chair ("Boegbeeld"), National Research Agenda (NWA) Route Health Research, Prevention and Treatment
  • Member, Board of Studies, Graduate School Life Sciences, Utrecht University
  • Fellow, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Board, European Society of Cardiology
  • Member, Board, World Heart Federation
  • Past-President, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Chair, International Scientific Advisory Board, BBMRI (Biobanking Netherlands)
  • Editor in Chief, Global Heart
  • Senior Consulting Editor, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Member, Editorial Board Netherlands Journal of Medicine
  • Member, Editorial Board, Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
  • Member, Editorial Board Cardiovascular Risk
  • Member, Various Scientific Advisory, Safety Monitoring en Adjudication Committees International Clinical Trials


Fellowship and Awards

  • 2008 Prevention award. German Society of Cardiology
  • 2008 Catharijne Prize
  • 2009 David de Wied lecture
  • 2009 Fellow of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Distinguished University Professor of International Health Sciences and Global Health, Utrecht University
  • 2016 Honorary Fellow, Indonesian Heart Association
  • 2016 Romanian Society of Cardiology
  • 2017 Knight. Order of the Dutch Lion

Research Output (1762)

Tuberculosis services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study on the impact of COVID-19 and practices for continued services delivery in Eswatini

Williams Victor, Vos-Seda Alinda G., Calnan Marianne, Mdluli-Dlamini Lindiwe, Haumba Samson, Grobbee Diederick E., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Otwombe Kennedy Dec 2023, In: Public Health in Practice. 6 6 p.

Strategies to improve interpersonal communication along the continuum of maternal and newborn care:A scoping review and narrative synthesis

Olde Loohuis Klaartje M, de Kok Bregje C, Bruner Winter, Jonker Annemoon, Salia Emmanuella, Tunçalp Özge, Portela Anayda, Mehrtash Hedieh, Grobbee Diederick E, Srofeneyoh Emmanuel, Adu-Bonsaffoh Kwame, Brown Amoakoh Hannah, Amoakoh-Coleman Mary, Browne Joyce L 11 Oct 2023, In: PLOS global public health. 3 , p. 1-45

Intima-media thickness at the near or far wall of the common carotid artery in cardiovascular risk assessment

Seekircher Lisa, Tschiderer Lena, Lind Lars, Safarova Maya S., Kavousi Maryam, Ikram M. Arfan, Lonn Eva, Yusuf Salim, Grobbee Diederick E., Kastelein John J.P., Visseren Frank L.J., Walters Matthew, Dawson Jesse, Higgins Peter, Agewall Stefan, Catapano Alberico, De Groot Eric, Espeland Mark A., Klingenschmid Gerhard, Magliano Dianna, Olsen Michael H., Preiss David, Sander Dirk, Skilton Michael, Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz Dorota A., Grooteman Muriel P.C., Blankestijn Peter J., Kitagawa Kazuo, Okazaki Shuhei, Manzi Maria V., Mancusi Costantino, Izzo Raffaele, Desvarieux Moise, Rundek Tatjana, Gerstein Hertzel C., Bots Michiel L., Sweeting Michael J., Lorenz Matthias W., Willeit Peter 1 Sep 2023, In: European heart journal open. 3

Impact of antenatal care on severe maternal and neonatal outcomes in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia and eclampsia in Ghana

Beyuo Titus K, Lawrence Emma R, Oppong Samuel A, Kobernik Emily K, Amoakoh-Coleman Mary, Grobbee Diederick E, Browne Joyce L, Bloemenkamp K W M 14 Aug 2023, In: Pregnancy Hypertension. 33 , p. 46-51 6 p.

Risk factors in cardiovascular patients:Challenges and opportunities to improve secondary prevention

Gabulova Rahima, Marzà-Florensa Anna, Rahimov Uzeyir, Isayeva Mahluga, Alasgarli Shahana, Musayeva Afag, Gahramanova Sona, Ibrahimov Firdovsi, Aliyev Farid, Imanov Galib, Rasulova Rahmana, Vaartjes Ilonca, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Graham Ian, Grobbee Diederick E 26 Jul 2023, In: World Journal of Cardiology. 15 , p. 342-353 12 p.

Completion of the Continuum of Maternity Care in the Emerging Regions of Ethiopia:Analysis of the 2019 Demographic and Health Survey

Hussen Abdulaziz Mohammed, Ibrahim Ibrahim Mohammed, Tilahun Binyam, Tunçalp Özge, Grobbee Diederick E, Browne Joyce L 7 Jul 2023, In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 20 , p. 1-14

Diabetes self-management education interventions and self-management in low-resource settings:a mixed methods study

Lamptey Roberta, Amoakoh-Coleman Mary, Djobalar Babbel, Grobbee Diederick E, Adjei George Obeng, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin Jul 2023, In: PLoS ONE. 18 19 p.

Realizing the value of complex medical technology:Demonstrating cost-effectiveness is not enough

Hehakaya C., Frederix G. W.J., van der Voort van Zyp J. RN, Grobbee D. E., Verkooijen H. M. Jul 2023, In: Clinical and translational radiation oncology. 41

Factsheet Mondiale gezondheidsstrategie

Grobbee Diederick, Voogdt-Pruis Helene May 2023, 5 p.

Prevention and Screening for Cardiometabolic Disease Following Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy in Low-Resource Settings:A Systematic Review and Delphi Study

Ishaku Salisu Mohammed, Adu-Bonsaffoh Kwame, Housseine Natasha, Lamptey Roberta, Franx Arie, Grobbee Diederick, Warren Charlotte E, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, Ghana Department 25 Apr 2023, In: Global Heart. 18

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