Professor André Grotenhuis is well known not only in his native Netherlands, but all around the world as a master surgeon, innovator, educator and a defender of medical and scientific ethics.
André’s base has been the Department of Neurosurgery at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen where he served as a training program director and chairman. More recently, he has moved away from his management roles to focus more on clinical work, teaching and research.
André obtained his medical degree from the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1979 and completed neurosurgical residency training at the Academisches Lehrkrankenhaus Stadtische Kliniken in Duisburg, Germany. He furthered his neurosurgical education through fellowships at the University Clinic in Vienna, Karolinska Sjukhuset in Stockhom and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He began his clinical work in 1987 as Assistant Professor at the University Hospital St. Radboud Nijmegen and Consultant neurosurgeon at the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital Nijmegen. In 2000 he successfully defended a PhD thesis ‘Endoscopic third Ventriculostomy in the treatment of hydrocephalus’.
Through his contribution to neurosurgical research and innovation, his role in education within EANS, André has been well known and respected in Europe beyond. Not surprisingly, in 2015 he was elected as the President of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies.
André has broad interests and experience in neurosurgery, but he is probably best known for his endoscopic work applied to the surgery on the brain, especially CSF disorders and ventricular pathologies, as well as skull base. André has though of and done more for minimally invasive neurosurgery than most, always keeping the wellbeing of the patient as the ultimate goal. André co-founded ‘Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery’ and has been a member of the editorial boards of many leading neurosurgical journals, including the Acta Neurochirurgica, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Central European Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review and Innovative Neurosurgery. He has authored many books, book chapters, peer-reviewed scientific publications. André is highly sought after lecturer and has given over 400 international lectures and presentations.