Ivo de Blaauw was born in Amsterdam and studied medicine at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He first did a residency in surgery and tropical medicine and worked for Medicine sans Frontiere (MSF) at Mekele General Hospital in Ethiopia. After returning to the Netherlands he worked for 4 years in a laboratory to write a thesis on protein and amino acid metabolism in cancer at the Maastricht University. He continued his surgical career in Eindhoven, Maastricht and Nijmegen, where he started to work as a pediatric surgeon at the Amalia Children’s Hospital-Radboud UMC. For two years he worked temporarely at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam with a focus on pediatric colorectal surgery. Since 2014 he was the head of the pediatric surgical department of the Amalia Children’s Hospital-Radboudumc Nijmegen. The department is a center of expertise and a referral center for colorectal diseases,diaphragmatic hernias and ECMO treatment, and vascular malformations.
His teaching career for the last 5 years includes several teaching courses for medical students (Erasmus MC University, Rotterdam and Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen), resident nurses, surgical residents. He is furthermore involved as an active member of several international teaching courses for pediatric surgeons. These are focused on anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s Disease. Courses have been taught in Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Moscow and will be taught in Costa Rica, Thailand and Croatia.
Besides his early research on amino acid and protein metabolism in cancer, he now focuses his research on general pediatric surgery and specifically on pediatric colorectal diseases. His research covers the etiology of ARM and Hirschsprung’s disease and includes genetics on ARM and pathology on Hirschsprung’s Disease. Furthermore research is undertaken on clinical outcomes of these patients. The research is local, national and international. Internationally he was (and is) involved in the European network for anorectal malformations (ARMnet.eu). Finally he is involved in research on the possibilities of tissue engineering for the pelvic floor and diaphragmatic hernia’s.
He has written more than 75 peer reviewed international papers and several book chapters in pediatric critical care medicine, traumatology and anorectal malformations. He is reviewer for more than 5 international magazines.
Ivo de Blaauw has been appointed Professor of Pediatric Surgery Radboud University /Radboud university medical center with effect from June 1st 2016.