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 (346)

Hospital Variation in Feeding Jejunostomy Policy for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy:A Nationwide Cohort Study

Visser Maurits R, Straatman Jennifer, Voeten Daan M, Gisbertz Suzanne S, Ruurda Jelle P, Luyer Misha D P, van der Sluis Pieter C, van der Peet Donald L, van Berge Henegouwen Mark I, van Hillegersberg Richard, Jan 2023, In: Nutrients. 15

Mixed Reality in Modern Surgical and Interventional Practice: Narrative Review of the Literature

Vervoorn Mats, Wulfse Maaike, van Doormaal T.P.C., Ruurda Jelle, van der Kaaij NP, de Heer Linda 2023, In: JMIR Serious Games. 11

Cost-effectiveness of Laparoscopic vs Open Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer:An Economic Evaluation Alongside a Randomized Clinical Trial

van der Veen Arjen, van der Meulen Miriam P, Seesing Maarten F J, Brenkman Hylke J F, Haverkamp Leonie, Luyer Misha D P, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, Stoot Jan H M B, Tegels Juul J W, Wijnhoven Bas P L, Lagarde Sjoerd M, de Steur Wobbe O, Hartgrink Henk H, Kouwenhoven Ewout A, Wassenaar Eelco B, Draaisma Werner A, Gisbertz Suzanne S, van der Peet Donald L, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M, Frederix Geert W J, Ruurda Jelle P, van Hillegersberg Richard, 28 Dec 2022, In: JAMA Surgery. 158 , p. 120-128 9 p.

Use of fluorescence imaging and indocyanine green for sentinel node mapping during gastric cancer surgery:Results of an intercontinental Delphi survey

Sherwinter Danny A, Boni Luigi, Bouvet Michael, Ferri Lorenzo, Hyung Woo Jin, Ishizawa Takeaki, Kaleya Ronald N, Kelly Kaitlyn, Kokudo Norihiro, Lanzarini Enrique, Luyer Misha D P, Mitsumori Norio, Mueller Carmen, Park Doo Joong, Ribero Dario, Rosati Riccardo, Ruurda Jelle P, Sosef Meindert, Schneider-Koraith Sylke, Spinoglio Giuseppe, Strong Vivian, Takahashi Naoto, Takeuchi Hiroya, Wijnhoven Bas P L, Yang Han-Kwang, Dip Fernando, Lo Menzo Emanuele, White Kevin P, Rosenthal Raul J Dec 2022, In: Surgery. 172 , p. S29-S37

Liver oligometastatic disease in synchronous metastatic gastric cancer patients:a nationwide population-based cohort study

Kroese Tiuri E, Takahashi Yuko, Lordick Florian, van Rossum Peter S N, Ruurda Jelle P, Lagarde Sjoerd M, van Hillegersberg Richard, Verhoeven Rob H A, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M 15 Nov 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer. 179 , p. 65-75 11 p.

Stereotactic radiotherapy or metastasectomy for oligometastatic esophagogastric cancer:A nationwide population-based cohort study

Kroese Tiuri E, Jorritsma Nikita K N, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M, Verhoeven Rob H A, Mook Stella, Haj Mohammad Nadia, Ruurda Jelle P, van Rossum Peter S N, van Hillegersberg Richard Nov 2022, In: Clinical and translational radiation oncology. 37 , p. 109-115 7 p.

Pattern of lymph node metastases in gastric cancer:a side-study of the multicenter LOGICA-trial

de Jongh Cas, Triemstra Lianne, van der Veen Arjen, Brosens Lodewijk A A, Luyer Misha D P, Stoot Jan H M B, Ruurda Jelle P, van Hillegersberg Richard, 14 Sep 2022, In: Gastric Cancer. 25 , p. 1060-1072 13 p.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical care in the Netherlands

de Graaff Michelle R., Hogenbirk Rianne N. M., Janssen Yester F., Elfrink Arthur K. E., Liem Ronald S. L., Nienhuijs Simon W., de Vries Jean-Paul P. M., Elshof Jan-Willem, Verdaasdonk Emiel, Melenhorst Jarno, van Westreenen H. L., Besselink Marc G. H., Ruurda Jelle P., Henegouwen Mark I. van Berge, Klaase Joost M., den Dulk Marcel, van Heijl Mark, Hegeman Johannes H., Braun Jerry, Voeten Daan M., Wurdemann Franka S., Warps Anne-Loes K., Alberga Anna J., Suurmeijer J. Annelie, Akpinar Erman O., Wolfhagen Nienke, van den Boom Anne Loes, Bolster-van Eenennaam Marieke J., van Duijvendijk Peter, Heineman David J., Wouters Michel W. J. M., Kruijff Schelto 6 Sep 2022, In: British Journal of Surgery. 109 , p. 1282–1292

The influence of anastomotic techniques on postoperative anastomotic complications:Results of the Oesophago-Gastric Anastomosis Audit

Kamarajah S. K., Evans R. P.T., Nepogodiev D., Hodson J., Bundred J., Gockel I., Gossage J. A., Isik A., Kidane B., Mahendran H. A., Negoi I., Okonta K. E., Sayyed R. H., van Hillegersberg R., Vohra R., Wijnhoven B. P.L., Singh P., Griffiths E. A., Kamarajah S. K., Hodson J., Griffiths E. A., Alderson D., Bundred J., Evans R. P.T., Gossage J., Griffiths E. A., Jefferies B., Kamarajah S. K., McKay S., Mohamed I., Nepogodiev D., Siaw-Acheampong K., Singh P., van Hillegersberg R., Vohra R., van Hillegersberg R., Read M., Tan J. H., Matthijsen R., Ruurda J. P., van der Sluis P. C., de Maat M., Martínez E. T., Yildirim R., Wong V., Cox M., Mehta S., Kumar S., Athanasiou A., Singh A., Sep 2022, In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 164 , p. 674-684.e5

Computer-aided anatomy recognition in intrathoracic and -abdominal surgery:a systematic review

den Boer R B, de Jongh C, Huijbers W T E, Jaspers T J M, Pluim J P W, van Hillegersberg R, Van Eijnatten M, Ruurda J P 4 Aug 2022, In: Surgical endoscopy. 36 , p. 8737-8752 16 p.

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