Bas van Rhijn

Before my conclusive decision to work at the NKI as a urologic oncologist, I trained in Nijmegen, Delft, Rotterdam, and Toronto, Canada. In 2005, I received my PhD cum laude in Rotterdam after completing my thesis, “Molecular diagnosis and prognosis of bladder cancer”. After training to be a urologist in the Netherlands, I did a 2.5-year long urologic oncology fellowship funded by the Dutch Cancer Society in Toronto, Canada. Since 2016 I have been connected to the University of Regensburg in Germany, where I completed my second PhD on my thesis “Clinical, histo-pathological and translational aspects associated with bladder cancer prognosis”. In 2020 I was appointed Associate Professor and Privat Docent at the same university. 

My clinical focus areas are bladder cancer, cancer of the upper urinary tract, penile cancer, testicular cancer, and urachus cancer. The Netherlands Cancer Institute is an expert center for all these cancer types, with an international image. The various specialists in radiotherapy, oncology, plastic surgery, radiology, nuclear medicine, and pathology work closely together. Patients can come to our rapid diagnostics clinics every week, and we have multidisciplinary team meetings every week. This helps us ensure that all patients receive personalized care for which all treatment options are considered and available at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. As a center of expertise, we also consider the patient's quality of life before and after the procedure, which can be intense on our patients. We collaborate with the Survivorship Center and the Dutch rare cancer patient platform.

Since 2017, I have been working as a urologic educator and vice president of the central education committee (centrale opleidingen commissie; COC) at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. As a urologic educator I am responsible for the affairs of our fellows (young urologists) and urologic assistants in training (almost urologists). The COC guarantees the high quality of all NKI training programs. In 2019 I won the award for educator of the year at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

Innovation through scientific research is the perfect way to help a profession progress. With various specialists and researchers from the NKI, the University of Regensburg, and various international Consortia, I work on several aspects of research into bladder and urachus cancer. Three research fellows from France, Switzerland, and Italy have completed their internships at the NKI. I have guided three medical students with their theses. I am also happy to guide PhD students with their scientific research. Three of them have defended their works successfully and have received their PhDs. At the moment, halfway through 2021, eight of my PhD students are working on their research,

Oncological care at an academic level with short lines and always with the patient at the center, education, and research; that's what makes the Netherlands Cancer Institute an ideal place to continue to contribute as a researcher and a clinician.

Role:
Urologist and Urologic Educator.

Positions and focus areas:

  • Urologic educator and vice president of the centrale opleidingen commissie AvL
  • Member of plenary visitation committee of RGS for urology training
  • Medical advisor urachus cancer for Dutch rare cancers patient platform
  • Member of focus group bladder, penile and testicular cancer Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Member of European (EAU) guidelines committees of bladder cancer and cancer of the upper urinary tracts
  • Associate Editor of scientific magazine “Bladder Cancer”
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the scientific magazines “European Urology” and “European Urology Open Science”

Qualifications:
- 2005: PhD (cum laude) in bladder cancer, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
- 2008: Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU), European Board of Urology
- 2010: Fellow of the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), American Urological Association
- 2020: PhD in bladder cancer, University of Regensburg (Germany)

Awards:
2019: Educator of the year 2019 in NKI, Amsterdam
2009: Young Investigator Research Award Canadian Urology Research Consortium (CURC) and Canadian Urological Oncology Group (CUOG)
2009 & 2010: First prize Basic Science Charles J. Robson Day. Division of Urology, University of Toronto
2006: Thesis Award van de European Association of Urology (EAU) voor het proefschrift: "Molecular Diagnosis and Prognosis of Bladder Cancer"
2004: Prof. Moonen Prijs of the Dutch Urology Society for research into molecular aspects of bladder cancer
2001: Vlietstra Price from the Dutch Urology Society for speech: "FGFR3 Mutaties Komen zeer Frequent voor bij Blaastumoren en Wijzen Juist de Patiënten met Gunstige Klinische Parameters aan"

Scientific publications:
List of publications (PubMed) by B.W.G. van Rhijn
H-index and citations of research by B.W.G. van Rhijn