Marco C. DeRuiter PhD


Area(s) of interest


Marco C. DeRuiter obtained a degree in Medical Biology in 1987 and a PhD entitled “Development of the vascular system in the embryo. A concept of the origin of systemic-pulmonary collateral arteries” in 1992. He then became assistant professor in the department and studied the role of haemodynamics in cardiac development. In 1994 he was appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy and became full professor of Clinical and Experimental Anatomy in 2010. He published over 110 articles on cardiovascular development and surgical anatomy.

In addition, he teaches gross and microscopic anatomy and embryology to medical and biomedical students and provides specific courses to postgraduate and postdoctoral medical specialists in training both at the LUMC, national and international. Marco supervises all the teaching activities and developments of the Anatomy department, supervises the first year of the medicine study and is member of the Taskforce “Renewed medicine curriculum 2012”.

Moreover, he is a general consultant in clinical anatomy of the pelvis. In this function he is involved in many studies developing nerve preservation techniques in pelvic and abdominal surgery. Since 2009 he is chair of the “Dutch Anatomical Society” (Nederlandse Anatomen Vereniging).

Publications pelvic anatomy

Wallner C, Lange MM, Bonsing BA, Maas CP, Wallace CN, Dabhoiwala NF, Rutten HJ, Lamers WH, DeRuiter MC, van de Velde CJ. Causes of fecal and urinary incontinence after total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer based on cadaveric surgery: a study from the Cooperative Clinical Investigators of the Dutch total mesorectal excision trial. J Clin Oncol. 2008; 26(27):4466-72.
Pieterse QD, Kuile MM ter, DeRuiter MC, Trimbos JBMZ, Kenter GG, Maas CP. Vaginal blood flow after radical hysterectomy with and without nerve-sparing. A prelimary report. Int J Gyn Cancer 2008; 18:576-583.
Wallner C, Maas CP, Dabhoiwala NF, Lamers WH, DeRuiter MC. Innervation of the pelvic floor muscles: A reappraisal for the levator ani nerve. Obstet Gynecol 2006; 108:529-534.
Maas CP, Kenter GG, Trimbos JB, DeRuiter MC. Anatomical basis for nerve sparing radical hysterectomy: Immunohistochemical study of the pelvic autonomic nerves. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2005; 84:868-874.



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