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Peter Paul van Benthem

Name
Prof.dr. P.P.G. van Benthem
Telephone
+31 71 526 9111
E-mail
p.p.g.van_benthem@lumc.nl

Peter Paul van Benthem is professor in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery and chair of the ENT department of the LUMC. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Dutch Association of Medical Specialists (FMS) and chair of the counsel of science and innovation of the FMS. He is a member of several committees of ZonMw, the Dutch institute for health research, such as the program committee ‘Quality of Care’, the external evaluation committee of the ZonMw efficiency-research program and the committee for ‘action research in innovative care’.

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Peter Paul van Benthem is professor in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery and chair of the ENT department of the LUMC. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Dutch Association of Medical Specialists (FMS) and chair of the counsel of science and innovation of the FMS. He is a member of several committees of ZonMw, the Dutch institute for health research, such as the program committee ‘Quality of Care’, the external evaluation committee of the ZonMw efficiency-research program and the committee for ‘action research in innovative care’.

He is advisor of the Apeldoorn dizziness clinic, chair of the non-executive board of the ‘Stichting wtzi Apeldoornse specialisten’ and member of the regional disciplinary college in the city of Zwolle. He is bearer of the honorary medal of the Dutch Association of ENT surgeons (2014).

Ear Nose and Throat Surgery

As department chair and professor in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, he is responsible for education, training of residents, academic care and research in the field. Through connecting competences of several academic functions, the department can execute unique academic care, like surgery on patients with disease in the middle of the skull base by connecting the lateral and frontal surgical gateways; brainstem implants are possible by using competences from both skull base surgery and cochlear implant surgery;  treatment of cancer of the voice box, with emphasis on residual vocal function and swallowing is established by combining laryngology and head and neck oncology and more. This innovative care is connected to scientific research. To ensure societal impact, all research modalities are used, like biotechnical, biomedical, translational, clinical and health care research.

Therefore, the department participates in the research profile area’s Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care (IHSQC) and Translational Neuroschiences (TN).

Van Benthem himself is interested in research on patients suffering from balance disorders, more specifically, Meniere’s disease. By means of biomedical and stem cell research, the department tries to create a human inner ear model (inner ear on-a-chip), which hopefully will lead to an in vivo drug platform for testing of pharmacotherapy or gene-therapy. Consecutive clinical research and health care research will address effectivity and societal impact.

Academic career

The scientific career of van Benthem started in the UMC Utrecht, where he worked on an electro and histophysiological guinea pig model of Meniere’s disease. Resulting in his PhD thesis, entitled:

Histophysiological studies of the inner ear, with emphasis on endolymphatic hydrops. (17-11-1992)

Consecutively, he spent his endeavours on dizzy patients in the tertiary Apeldoorn dizziness clinic, where he pursued clinical research on diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from diseases with serious dizziness as the defining complaint. His interest and participation in the evidence-based medicine movement has resulted in several (Cochrane) reviews on the subject, again with emphasis on Meniere’s disease. For the Dutch association of ENT Surgeons he initiated and helped to execute the development of the Dutch ENT research agenda, in which nationwide programming and prioritisation of clinical research questions on evaluation of care, in close cooperation and participation with associations of patients, were the leading topics. The lecture he held on the occasion of his nomination as a professor in Leiden, contemplated on the different research modalities in ENT and their clinical and societal relevance. Its title was:

Contemplations on clinical research; from evidence-based medicine to evaluation of care. (8-4-2016)

Prizes and honourable appointments

  • ENT- encouragement award for his thesis (1993)
  • Yearly award for best specialist group for educating last year students of the SUMMA program of the University Medical Center Utrecht (2011 and 2012)
  • Honorary medal of the Dutch association of ENT-Surgeons (2014)
  • Nominee for the Dutch value based health care prize (2015)

  • Faculteit Geneeskunde
  • Divisie 3
  • Keel-Neus-Oorheelkunde

Work address

LUMC Main Building
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden

Contact

Publications

  • Apeldoorns Duizeligheidscentrum, Gelre Ziekenhuizen, Apeldoorn Adviseur Kenniscentrum
  • Federatie Medisch Specialisten Lid stuurgroep zorgevaluatie
  • ZonMw Lid programmacommissie ''Kwaliteit van Zorg''
  • Regionaal tuchtcollege te Zwolle Lid
  • Stichting WTZi Apeldoornse specialisten Toezichthouder

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