prof. dr. D. (Diederik) van Dijk

prof. dr. D. (Diederik) van Dijk

Full Professor
prof. dr. D. (Diederik) van Dijk
  • Intensive Care Medicine

Research Programs




Diederik van Dijk is an epidemiologist and anaesthesiologist-intensivist. His research focuses on outcomes after cardiac surgery and intensive care admission, and he has multiple publications in NEJM, JAMA, Circulation and Anesthesiology. In the Octopus trial, he demonstrated that cognitive decline may also occur after cardiac surgery without heartlung-machine. Another multicenter trial supervised by Van Dijk failed to show any benefits of epidural anesthesia in cardiac surgery patients. A more recent trial in 4,500 cardiac surgery patients, evaluating prophylactic intraoperative dexamethasone showed multiple benefits of this drug in patients younger than 75 yrs of age. In 2012, Van Dijk was appointed professor of Intensive Care medicine. Since 2021, he is chair of the department of intensive care at the UMC Utrecht.

Side Activities

Dutch Society of Intensive Care (NVIC), board member 2013 - 2019

European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), national representative of the Netherlands 2013 - 2016

Netherlands Journal of Critical Care, section editor cardiothoracic care

Deputy chair Ethics section of the European Society of Intensive Care

Chair of the Dutch working group for a guideline for post ICU care

Fellowship and Awards

Clinical Scholar Research Award, provided by the International Anesthesia Research Society

Personal grant for cardiothoracic fellowship at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, provided by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists

Mid-career Grant, provided by the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Research Output (171)

Systematic reviews and consensus definitions for the Standardised Endpoints in Perioperative Medicine (StEP) initiative:mortality, morbidity, and organ failure

Jackson Alexander I.R., Boney Oliver, Pearse Rupert M., Kurz Andrea, Cooper D. James, van Klei Wilton, Cabrini Luca, Miller Timothy E., Moonesinghe S. Ramani, Myles Paul, Grocott Michael P.W., Myles Paul, Gan T. J., Peyton Phil, Sessler Dan, Tramèr Martin, Cyna Alan, De Oliveira Gildasio S., Wu Christopher, Jensen Mark, Kehlet Henrik, Botti Mari, Haller Guy, Grocott Mike, Cook Tim, Fleisher Lee, Neuman Mark, Story David, Gruen Russell, Bampoe Sam, Evered Lis, Scott David, Silbert Brendan, van Dijk Diederik, Kalkman Cor, Chan Matthew, Grocott Hilary, Eckenhoff Rod, Rasmussen Lars, Eriksson Lars, Beattie Scott, Wijeysundera Duminda, Landoni Giovanni, Leslie Kate, Biccard Bruce, Howell Simon, Nagele Peter, Richards Toby, Dieleman Stefan, van Klei Wilton, Apr 2023, In: British Journal of Anaesthesia. 130 , p. 404-411 8 p.

Patient-centered weaning from venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation:“A practice-oriented narrative review of literature”

Hermens Jeannine A.J., Meuwese Christiaan L., Szymanski Mariusz K., Gianoli Monica, van Dijk Diederik, Donker Dirk W. 8 Aug 2022, In: Perfusion. 38 , p. 1349-1359 11 p.

Supervision, Interprofessional Collaboration, and Patient Safety in Intensive Care Units during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hennus Marije P, Young John Q, Hennessy Martina, Friedman Karen A, de Vries Bas, Hoff Reinier G, O'Connor Enda, Patterson Aileen, Curley Gerard, Thakker Krima, van Dam Marjel, van Dijk Diederik, van Klei Wilton A, Ten Cate Olle Sep 2021, In: ATS scholar. 2 , p. 397-414 18 p.

Twelve years of circulatory extracorporeal life support at the University Medical Centre Utrecht

Meuwese C L, Hermens J A, de Haan M, Braithwaite S A, Ramjankhan F, Buijsrogge M P, de Jonge N, Kirkels J H, de Jong M, Pasma W, Vromen-Wijsman J L P, Kraaijeveld A O, de Waal E E, Torn E, Platenkamp M, van der Heijden J J, Cremer O L, van Dijk D, Donker D W 2021, In: Netherlands Heart Journal. 29 , p. 394-401 8 p.

Core Outcome Measures for Perioperative and Anaesthetic Care (COMPAC):a modified Delphi process to develop a core outcome set for trials in perioperative care and anaesthesia

Boney Oliver, Moonesinghe S. Ramani, Myles Paul S., Grocott Michael P.W., Bartoszko J., Beattie W. S., Bellomo R., Buggy D., Cabrini L., Canet J., Cook T., Cooper D. J., Corcoran T., Devereaux P. J., Eckenhoff R., Evered L., Gan T. J., Gin T., Grocott H., Haller G., Howell S., Jayarajah M., Kalkman C., Karkouti K., Kavanagh B., Klein A., Landoni G., Leslie K., McIlroy D. R., Mazer D., Moller A., Mythen M., Neuman M., Pearse R., Peyton P., Prowle J., Richards T., Scott D. A., Sessler D., Shaw A., Short T., Shulman M., Silbert B., Singer M., Sneyd J. R., Story D., van Dijk D., van Klei W., 2021, In: British Journal of Anaesthesia. 128 , p. 174-185 12 p.

Psychotropic medication use in former ICU patients with mental health problems:A prospective observational follow-up study

Janssen Debbie G A, Jonker Joep, van Dijk Diederik, Heerdink Eibert R, Egberts Toine C G, Slooter Arjen J C Oct 2020, In: Journal of Critical Care. 59 , p. 112-117 6 p.

The performance of acute versus antecedent patient characteristics for 1-year mortality prediction during intensive care unit admission:a national cohort study

Kerckhoffs Monika C, Brinkman Sylvia, de Keizer Nicolet, Soliman Ivo W, de Lange Dylan W, van Delden Johannes J M, van Dijk Diederik 11 Jun 2020, In: Critical care (London, England). 24 9 p.

Should we deny ICU admission to the elderly?:Ethical considerations in times of COVID-19

Haas Lenneke E M, de Lange Dylan W, van Dijk Diederik, van Delden Johannes J M 9 Jun 2020, In: Critical care (London, England). 24 3 p.

Framework to Support the Process of Decision-Making on Life-Sustaining Treatments in the ICU:Results of a Delphi Study

Kerckhoffs Monika C., Senekal Jannien, Van Dijk Diederik, Artigas Antonio, Butler Jenie, Michalsen Andrej, Van Mol Margo M.C., Moreno Rui, Pais Da Silva Filipa, Picetti Edoardo, Póvoa Pedro, Robertsen Annette, Van Delden Johannes J.M. May 2020, In: Critical care medicine. 48 , p. 645-653 9 p.

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