Prof.Dr.

Rob (R.J.E.M.) Smeets

Phone: +31 43 3882160
Birthdate: 15-08-1964

Experience

Personal statement:

Chronic pain is one of the most debilitating conditions in human life and with my research I want to decrease the burden for the individual

Education:
  • Gymnasium-B (1976 to 1982, Scholengemeenschap St. Michiel, Geleen)
  • Medicine (01-09-1982 to 13-02-1989, Maastricht University, with certificate “Met genoegen”)
  • Specialty: Rehabilitation Medicine (01-03-1991 to 28-02-1995, teaching circuit Limburg)
  • Scientific researcher Rehabilitation Medicine (VRA-SGO) (01-01-2000 to 14-12-2001,  Maastricht University)
  • PhD in Medicine; Low back pain rehabilitation; Active rehabilitation for chronic low back pain: Cognitive-behavioral, physical, or both?  (08-12-2006, Maastricht University)
Keywords:
Chronic pain, rehabilitation medicine, disability, Quality of Life, arm hand functioning in stroke and cerebral palsy, treatment alliance, care pathways
Expertise:

01-09-1988 to 31-12-1988:    Research assistant PhD-study J.W.S. Vlaeyen, iRv, Hoensbroek

01-04-1989 to 31-01-1990:    Resident (ANIOS) internal medicine, Catharina Ziekenhuis, Eindhoven

01-02-1990 to 28-02-1991:    Resident (ANIOS) rehabilitation medicine, rehabilitation centre Hoensbroeck, Hoensbroek (department of Rheumatology/Chronic Pain)

01-03-1991 to 28-02-1995:    Resident (AIOS) rehabilitation medicine, teaching circuit Limburg

01-03-1995 to 31-05-2008:    Consultant in rehabilitation medicine, rehabilitation centre Blixembosch, Eindhoven

01-03-2004 to 31-05-2008     Vice-head (plaatsvervangend Opleider) training circuit for residents rehabilitation medicine; Hoensbroek-Eindhoven-Tilburg

01-01-2001 to 08-12-2006:    PhD-study at research school CAPHRI and department of General Practice, Maastricht University (0.5 FTE, detached from rehabilitation centre Blixembosch to Maastricht University)

01-01-2007 to 31-05-2008     Senior researcher, department of General Practice, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Maastricht (0.3 FTE, detached from rehabilitation centre Blixembosch)

01-06-2008 to 31-05-2009     Consultant in rehabilitation medicine, Adelante Zorggroep and detached as senior researcher department of General Practice/Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Maastricht

16-06-2008 to 31-05-2009     Visiting research fellow, musculoskeletal division of The George Institute for International Health in Sydney, and Pain Management       Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital in St. Leonards, both affiliated with the University of Sydney

01-06-2009 to 31-3-2016       Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science, Maastricht University 0.15 fte research, 0.15 fte time teaching)

01-06-2009 to 31-12-2015     Head of department of Rehabilitation Medicine (till 01-01-2015) and consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre+ 0.3 fte

01-06-2009 to 30-9-3013       Vice-head of training circuit of residents Rehabilitation Medicine MUMC+ as part of the circuit Limburg 

01-10-2013 to 01-04-2016     Head of training circuit of residents Rehabilitation Medicine MUMC+ as part of the circuit Limburg

01-06-2009 to 01-04-2016     Head of research of Adelante Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology (0,4 fte)

01-04-2016 (ongoing)            Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science, Maastricht University 0.4 fte resear

01-04-2016 (ongoing)            Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine Libra Rehabilitation and Audiology (location Eindhoven and location Sint Jans Gasthuis Weert; 0.6 fte clinical work and 0.1 fte research

 Patient associations:

o  Member of Scientific Advisory Board NVVR- de Wervelkolom (Dutch Society for Back  Pain Patients)

o  Member of Medical Advisory Board of the Dutch Hereditary Multiple Exostoses patient association

o  Advisor of the Spierziekten Nederland working group Hereditary Spastic Paresis

Commitees

o   VRIN/VRA committee ‘Lage rugklachten’ (1999 - 2000)

o   VRA committee ‘Leerplan Pijnrevalidatie’ (1999 – 2001)

o   Steering committee ‘Consensusvorming Pijnrevalidatie Nederland; collaboration  Pijnkenniscentrum azM, VRA and WPN (2002 - 2005)

o   Expert group ‘aspecifieke lage rugklachten’ resulting in working document ‘aspecifieke lage rugklachten’ for project ‘Kennissynthese ZonMw Projecten’ (2006)

o   Committee ‘Gezondheidsraad Verzekeringgeneeskundig protocol Lumbosacraal Radiculair Syndroom’ (2006 - 2007)

o   Working group Pain Rehabilitation Netherlands-VRA (WPN) (1994 - ongoing)

o   Working group Lobadis and Implementation Back Pain Research Rehabilitation centres (Lobadis/WIRR) (2000-2008)

o  Working group Clinimetrics Pain Rehabilitation (OPR-WPN) (2005 - ongoing)

o   Scientific committee of the Special Interest Group Pain and Movement-satellite congress world congress of pain (IASP) 2008, Dublin, Ierland (2006 - 2008)

o   Scientific committee of the VRA (WECO) (2007 – 2014, vice president since 2009, president from 2011 until 2014)

o   EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) expert group: Musculoskeletal Pain in Occupational Settings: Measurement and Assessment of the Role of Psychosocial Factors on the Onset and Outcome of Symptoms (2007 - 2008)

o   Pressure cooker meeting Chronische pijn (Chronic Pain), Regieraad (advisory board of Dutch government) (2011)

o   Scientific committee of the Special Interest Group Pain and Movement-official satellite congress IASP 2012, Notwill, Switserland

o   Chair scientific committee of the Annual Netherlands Society of Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Meeting, Noordwijkerhout, November 2012

o   Scientific committee of the 4thUK-Dutch Rehabilitation meeting, April 2013, Bradford, UK

o   Chair scientific committee of the Annual Netherlands Society of Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Meeting, Noordwijkerhout, October/November 2013

o   Chair scientific committee of the Annual Netherlands Society of Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Meeting, Rotterdam, November 2014

o   Scientific committee of the 7th World Congress World Institute of Pain 2014, Maastricht, Netherlands

o   Member of project group Dutch Quality Care Standard Chronic pain (June 2014-ongoing)

o   Member of Dutch Consortium Research in Low Back Pain, setting the Research Agenda (2015-ongoing)

o   Member of review board (bestedingsfonds of Revalidatiefonds (December 2013 – ongoing)

o   Member of Advidory Board Revalidatiefonds (2013-2016)

Editorial Boards;

o  Associate editor Pain Practice (2014-ongoing)

o  Associate editor European Journal of Physiotherapy (2012-ongoing)

o  Associate editor Netherlands Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011-2014)

o  Editor-in-chief special issue in The Clinical Journal of Pain on the Special Interest Group Pain and Movement (2010)

 

                                 

Student projects:

PhD projects finished

1.  Huijnen I: Physical functioning in Low Back Pain. Exploring different activity-related behavioural styles (17-11-2011)

2. Köke A: TENS in chronic pain (19-1-2012)

3. Theeven P: Functional added value of microprocessor-controlled knee joints (04-10-2012)

4. Lemmens R: Technology-based measurement of arm-hand skill performance in daily life conditions (10-4-2015)

5. Piskur B: Empowerment of parents of children with a motor deficit (17-6-2015)

6. Speth L: Bimanual strength training Botuline Toxine treatment in CP (16-9-2015)

7. Mertens VC: The role of motivational interviewing in chronic pain (16-12-2015)

8. Vos-Vromans D: Is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment more effective than monodisciplinary cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome? A multicentre randomised controlled trial; FATIGO. (18-02-2016)

PhD projects ongoing

1. Rothgangel A: Mirror therapy for phantom limb painden Hollander M: Graded exposure in CRPS-I

2. Westendorp T: Participation of Young adolescents with chronic pain and fatigue

3. Baadjou V: Prevention of musculoskeletal pain in musicians

4. Lotzke H: What kind of exercise is the most suitable before spinal surgery- general pieces of advice or cognitive-behavioural therapy guided exercise? Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden (thesis will be defended in Sweden)

5. Dekkers K: Climetrics of measures in children with CP

6. Garschagen A: Multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain. Started 2014 in collaboration with dep. Anesthesiology Radboud Medical University Centre (Thesis will be defended in Nijmegen)

7. Jakobsson M: Measurements of functional capacity and physical activity in persons with low back pain – exemplified in persons who are to undergo lumbar fusion surgery. Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden. Joined doctorate with Maastricht University

8. Bekkers L: Co-creation at hand

9. Elbers S: Self management in chronic pain strategies (SOLACE) study. In colloboration with Hogeschool Utrecht

10. Franck H: Arm hand functioning in subacute stroke patients

11. Geelen C: The fear-avoidance model in painful diabetic polyneuropathy

12. van Erp R: Stepped care approach in chronic low back pain

13. Quadrado VH: Manual Force variability when aiming at a stationary and at a moving target in children with Cerebral Palsy compared to Typical Development, and effects of intervention. In collaboration with University of Cape Town 

Position

Organisations:
Rehabilitation Medicine (Full professor)
Research:
Chair:
Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine
Work for third parties:
Physiatrist (consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Libra Revalidatie en Audiologie Eindhoven and Weert, RevaXpert (consultancy regarding rehabilitation medicine related topics and owner)
Working days:
Wednesday and Friday
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