Professor Dick Tibboel followed his training in paediatrics (1980-1984) at the Sophia Children’s Hospital. In 1984 he became head of the pediatric surgical ICU and in 1993 was appointed as Sophia Foundation professor of Experimental Pediatric Surgery. In August 2005 he was appointed full professor (Research Intensive Care and Childhood). In 2008 he became the director of the ICU at the Sophia Children’s Hospital. He is member of the editorial board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Neonatology. At present he is section chair of Pharmacology of the European Society of Neonatal and Pediatric Intenstive Care (ESPNIC). In 2002 he was awarded the Edgar Doncker price from the Dutch Pediatric Association for his outstanding contributions in the field of major congenital anomalies. In total 101 PhD students wrote their thesis under his guidance and he is (co-)author of over 610 international peer reviewed articles. His Hirsch index is 52 (ISI).
Erasmus MC is the largest University Medical Center in the Netherlands. The organization with about 1000 beds, 40.000 admissions and 500.000 out-patients visits, has a strong focus on research. In 2015 Erasmus MC was nr. 19 on the US news Global Universities Ranking for Clinical Medicine, and ranked nr. 8 in the European top 10 for the total number of (pre)-clinical & Health Sciences publications 2005-14. There are 13.000 employees with more than 10% scientific staff. One of the strong areas of interest is the etiology and treatment of major congenital anmolies in combination with the departments of cell biology and genetics. The department was recognised as the only center of excellence for rare diseases for congenital anomalies by the Netherlands Federation of Universities (NFU) in 2015. Erasmus MC/Sophia Childrens Hospital has a large PICU with 28 beds, about 1500 admissions/yr and 12 fte. medical senior staff. This unit has a longstanding history of extensive translational and clinical research.