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prof. dr. F.H. Rutten Full Professor

  • Department of General Practice
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology

F.H. Rutten


Research Programs


I hold a position as professor in general practice. I lead a research group focusing on the management of cardiovascular disease in primary care, from early detection of disease and risk-stratification to risk-based treatment.

My teaching activities cover being involved in educational programs at the bachelor (CRU) and master (Summa) level at the medical school, and also being involved in the specialty training and post-graduate training courses of general practitioners. I am a member of the steering committee of the Dutch 'kaderopleiding hart- en vaatziekten' for general practitioners and actively participate in its teaching program.

My research group has contributed to improving the diagnosis of heart failure and deep venous thrombosis in the primary care setting, and our studies have been used as building blocks for diagnostic algorithms recommended by the (inter)national guidelines regarding these diseases. By showing that unrecognized heart failure is common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and also in type 2 diabetes, our work has helped revolutionize clinical practice. I contributed to the development of guidelines on heart failure, atrial fibrillation and left ventricular hypertrophy for the European Society of Cardiology, and also to the educational practice guideline documents on heart failure and atrial fibrillation for the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. Currently I participate in the European Society of Cardiology taskforce on Non-ST elevated Acute Coronary Syndrome. Over the years I have been actively involved in working groups of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, and was instrumental in translating the interactive website 'heartfailurematters.org' to Dutch, making it understandable for patients and their carers.

Within the UMC Utrecht, I am a principal investigator on heart failure within the theme ('speerpunt') Circulatory Health, and I managed to acquire ample funding for the clinical research activities of our research group. In 2017 I became the successful recipient of a research grant of Cardiovascular Research Netherlands (CVON), with myself being the main applicant of a consortium that will focus on early diagnosis of heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery diisease in patients who participate in primary care disease management programs for COPD or type 2 diabetes. The aim is to facilitate early treatment and improve prognosis by preventing acute cardiovascular events such as acute heart failure, stroke and acute coronary syndrome.

I am member of the task force for strategic planning of the Research Programme Cardiovascular Epidemiology of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the UMC Utrecht. In addition I am member of the research team of the Julius Center, chair of research of the department of general practice, and board member of the management team of the department of General Practice within the Julius Center.

I collaborate with other departments of the Julius Center (epidemiology, public health and nursing sciences) and the clinical departments of Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine and renal disease, as well as with the department of imaging.

Side Activities

  • 2018- Member of the Advisory Board of the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

    2017- Board Member of the 'Interfacultair Overleg Huisartsgeneeskunde, Research (IOH-R)'

    2015- Board Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Heart Foundation

    2014-2018 Editorial Board Member of Family Practice

    2012- Board Member and supervisor of General Practioners' 'Kaderopleiding hart- en vaatziekten'

    1992-2018 General Practitioner, part-time, in Rhenen 

Fellowship and Awards

  • 2014   Utrecht General Practitioner of the year award

    2017-  Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

    2018   The Dr. Carel Bakx award for achievements in cardiovascular research in primary care

Research Output (250)

Accounting for time-dependent treatment use when developing a prognostic model from observational data:A review of methods

Pajouheshnia Romin, Schuster Noah A., Groenwold Rolf H.H., Rutten Frans H., Moons Karel G.M., Peelen Linda M. 1 feb 2020, In: Statistica Neerlandica. 74 , p. 38-51 14 p.

Mortality after hospital admission for heart failure:improvement over time, equally strong in women as in men

Buddeke J, Valstar G B, van Dis I, Visseren F L J, Rutten F H, den Ruijter H M, Vaartjes I, Bots M L, 10 jan 2020, In: BMC Public Health. 20 10 p.

Age at menarche and heart failure risk:The EPIC-NL study

Plompen Mitchell V L, van der Schouw Yvonne T, Rutten Frans H, Verschuren W M Monique, Boer Jolanda M A, Asselbergs Folkert W, Onland-Moret N Charlotte jan 2020, In: Maturitas. 131 , p. 34-39 6 p.

Ontwikkelingen in prevalentie van atriumfibrilleren en antitrombotica voorschriften

Joosten Linda, van Eerde E.J.B., Rutten Frans H, Geersing Geert Jan 6 dec 2019, p. 123 136 p.

Decelerating trends in heart failure survival

Groenewegen Amy, Rutten Frans H nov 2019, In: European Journal of Heart Failure. 21 , p. 1326-1328 3 p.

How to diagnose heart failure with preserved ejection fraction:The HFA-PEFF diagnostic algorithm: A consensus recommendation from the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Pieske Burkert, Tschöpe Carsten, De Boer Rudolf A., Fraser Alan G., Anker Stefan D., Donal Erwan, Edelmann Frank, Fu Michael, Guazzi Marco, Lam Carolyn S.P., Lancellotti Patrizio, Melenovsky Vojtech, Morris Daniel A., Nagel Eike, Pieske-Kraigher Elisabeth, Ponikowski Piotr, Solomon Scott D., Vasan Ramachandran S., Rutten Frans H., Voors Adriaan A., Ruschitzka Frank, Paulus Walter J., Seferovic Petar, Filippatos Gerasimos 21 okt 2019, In: European Heart Journal. 40 , p. 3297-3317 21 p.

Serum biomarkers in patients suspected of transient ischaemic attack in primary care:A diagnostic accuracy study

Dolmans Louis Servaas, Rutten Frans, Bartelink Marie Louise E.L., Van Dijk Ewoud J., Nederkoorn Paul J., Kappelle Jaap, Hoes Arno W. 17 okt 2019, In: BMJ Open. 9 9 p.

Validation and impact of a simplified clinical decision rule for diagnosing pulmonary embolism in primary care:design of the PECAN prospective diagnostic cohort management study

van Maanen Rosanne, Rutten Frans H, Klok Frederikus A, Huisman Menno V, Blom Jeanet W, Moons Karel G M, Geersing Geert-Jan 10 okt 2019, In: BMJ Open. 9

Conditietraining bij chronisch hartfalen vermindert ziekenhuisopnames

Groenwegen Amy, Rutten Frans 1 okt 2019, In: Huisarts en Wetenschap. 62 , p. 76-76 1 p.

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