Loek Leenen, born August the 1st, 1957, earned his M.D. degree in 1982 at the Nijmegen University (NL) and his Ph.D. degree on basic neuroanatomical studies at the same institution in 1985. He was trained as a General Surgical Resident at the Nijmegen University Hospital and the St. Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Additional training was done at the Roger Williams Hospital, Providence, RI, USA and the Kantonsspital in Chur Switzerland. After a short while (1992-1993) of general surgical practice in the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital Nijmegen, he was appointed as Surgeon with emphasis on trauma and intensive care at the St. Elisabeth Hospital Tilburg, The Netherlands. From 1999 on, he was appointed as Director of trauma and intensive care at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands as well as Professor of surgery in particular Trauma. He served as a Member of the board of the Dutch (1993-1999) as well as the European Trauma Society (1998-2002) and published on a wide variety of general surgical and trauma subjects. His research focus over the last years has been the immunological consequences of trauma, especially the innate immune system, where neutrophil function and dynamics are the main field of interest.
Biography Updated on 23 March 2011