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Ernst Kuipers (1959) studied Medicine at the University of Groningen,

the Netherlands and trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology between 1986 and 1994.

He then became Head of the Gastroenterology outpatient clinic at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam. He participated

in 1994 in the WHO meeting on H. pylori and gastric cancer. In 1995, he completed his thesis (cum laude) on the interrelation between H. pylori,

chronic gastritis and gastric cancer, this thesis was awarded the 1996 Dutch Gastrointestinal Research Award.

He worked in 1995 - 1997 as research associate in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA under Prof. M.J. Blaser. In 2000, he became Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Since September 2006 he is also chairing the Department of Internal Medicine of the Erasmus MC. He is / has been a member of the editorial boards of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Bailliere’s Best Practice and Research in Gastroenterology, Digestion, Gastroenterology, Gut, World Journal of Gastroenterology, and the Cochrane group for upper gastrointestinal and pancreatic disorders. He is a member of the Dutch National Health Council and was recently awarded with a fellowship of the American Gastroenterology Association. His research focuses on the etiology, diagnosis and prevention of early neoplastic lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, and he chairs the Rotterdam Colon Cancer Screening group.


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Ernst J. Kuipers