prof. dr. D. (Diederik) van Dijk

Full Professor

  • Intensive Care Medicine

prof. dr. D. (Diederik) van Dijk

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. A 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 full professor of Intensive Care medicine.

Side Activities

  • Dutch Society of Intensive Care (NVIC), board member since 2013

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

    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 (162)

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 okt 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.

Performance of the quick SOFA in very old ICU patients admitted with sepsis

Haas Lenneke E M, Termorshuizen Fabian, de Lange Dylan W, van Dijk Diederik, de Keizer Nicolette F apr 2020, In: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica. 64 , p. 508-516 9 p.

Hallucinations after Cardiac Surgery:A Prospective Observational Study

Ottens Thomas H, Sommer Iris E C, Begemann Marieke J, Schutte Maya, Cramer Maarten Jan, Suyker Willem J, Van Dijk Diederik, Slooter Arjen J C 2 mrt 2020, In: Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania). 56 9 p.

Occurrence and Risk Factors of Chronic Pain After Critical Illness

Koster-Brouwer Maria E., Rijsdijk Mienke, Van Os Wouter K.M., Soliman Ivo W., Slooter Arjen J.C., De Lange Dylan W., Van Dijk Diederik, Bonten Marc J.M., Cremer Olaf L. 10 feb 2020, In: Critical Care Medicine. 48 , p. 680-687 8 p.

Outcomes of Intensive Care Patients Older Than 90 Years:An 11-Year National Observational Study

Haas Lenneke E M, Bakhshi-Raiez Ferishta, van Dijk Diederik, de Lange Dylan W, de Keizer Nicolette F 1 jan 2020, In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 68 , p. 1842-1846 5 p.

The Effect of Steroids in Patients Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass:An Individual Patient Meta-Analysis of Two Randomized Trials

Whitlock Richard P, Dieleman Jan M, Belley-Cote Emilie, Vincent Jessica, Zhang Michelle, Devereaux P J, Kalkman Cor J, van Dijk Diederik, Yusuf Salim jan 2020, In: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 34 , p. 99-105 7 p.

Neuropsychiatric outcome in subgroups of Intensive Care Unit survivors:Implications for after-care

Dijkstra-Kersten Sandra M A, Kok Lotte, Kerckhoffs Monika C, Cremer Olaf L, de Lange Dylan W, van Dijk Diederik, Needham Dale M, Slooter Arjen J C 12 nov 2019, In: Journal of Critical Care. 55 , p. 171-176 6 p.

All Research Output (162)