Jurgen de Graaff is an anesthesiologist and epidemiologist. He obtained a PhD at the University of Amsterdam on his thesis entitled: “The use of microcirculatory techniques in the assessment of pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of critical limb ischemia”.
After his training at the Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein he became a staff anesthesiologist at the UMC Utrecht and specialized in pediatric anesthesia at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital. He was a visiting researcher at the Murdoch Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 2012.
Jurgen is involved in various clinical studies focusing on the improvement of perioperative care in children and the effect of anesthesia on the brain on the short and long term. Hereto he uses retrospective and prospective pre- and intraoperative databases. The improvement of perioperative care in children focuses on the supposed toxic effect of anesthesia at young age on the developing brain (Child Cognition). On the long term, he is involved in prospective studies evaluating the incidence and cause of postoperative encephalopathy in neonates. Furthermore he is a member of the Trial Steering Committee and Management Group of the GAS-study. Furthermore, Jurgen was involved in the clinical evaluation of the vessel viewing systems facilitating peripheral vascular canulation.