Roel Verhoeven

Roel Lambertus Johannes Verhoeven was born in 1992 in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. After finishing his secondary education, he started the Technical Medicine study program at Twente University in 2010 (Enschede, The Netherlands). He completed his bachelors degree in technical medicine with the finishing of a thesis wherein a mitral valve surgery simulator giving real-time feedback was developed. Interested by the possibilities of the technical physician, he further enrolled and completed the Technical Medicine master-track ‘Medical Imaging and Interventions’ with cum laude honors in 2017. During his master he obtained 10-week internship experiences where keywords were; (suspected) cancer, surgery, (flexible) endoscopy, ultrasound, robotic soft- and hardware, artificial intelligence, image analysis, MedTech development and intra- and entrepreneurial skills. An additional 6-month Erasmus exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) allowed him to study ultrasound and neuroscience more in-depth in between internships. The topic of his master thesis as carried out in the Radboudumc was “Innovation in bronchoscopy” and supervised by Prof. Chris de Korte and Associate Professor and pulmonary physician Erik van der Heijden. Being enthusiastic about his thesis’ topic, he continued his research as a PhD student at the department of pulmonary diseases and the medical ultrasound imaging center. The focus of his PhD project is on clinical technology for enhancing the diagnosis and staging of suspected or proven lung cancer. As such, he investigates if ultrasound (especially: ultrasound elastography) findings might correlate to chance of lymph nodal malignancy in clinical endobronchial ultrasound guided staging procedures. Furthermore, he focuses on the implementation of clinical technology for enabling an endobronchial diagnosis of pulmonary lesions whom are suspected of lung cancer. As such, he has obtained experience in navigation bronchoscopy, electromagnetic navigation technology, cone beam computed tomography systems and fluoroscopic and augmented fluoroscopic imaging, (non small cell) lung cancer and endoscopic imaging.