Dr. A.L. Vahrmeijer

Area(s) of interest

  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • colorectal cancer
  • Image guided surgery
  • Molecular Imaging


The Image-Guided Surgery group at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), headed by Dr. Vahrmeijer, focuses on clinical studies on near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence image-guidance in cancer surgery. He closely collaborates with Prof. Frangioni who developed the FLARE and mini-FLARE NIR fluorescence imaging systems, which are both used in clinical trials at the LUMC in over 300 patients. His current research focuses on the introduction of image-guided surgery using clinically available probes and on the clinical introduction of novel probes, like ZW800, in collaboration with Prof. Frangioni. Together with Prof van de Velde, and Prof. Frangioni, he aims at disseminating this technique to collaborating hospitals all over the world. Dr. Vahrmeijer was awarded with a clinical cancer research award from the Dutch Cancer Society to implement image-guided surgery in daily clinical practice, and is involved in several large research projects, funded by the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM). He received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Leiden and is an attending surgical oncologist at the Department of Sugery.

Image-Guided Surgery Research Group

PhD Students: Joost van der Vorst, Bob Schaafsma, Floris Verbeek, Quirijn Tummers, Mark Boonstra

Senior Researchers: Dr Merlijn Hutteman, Dr Sven Mieog, Dr Rurger Jan Swijnenburg

Project Leader: Dr Kees Sier

Students: Sanne de Geus

Technical Assistance: Marieke Prevoo

Business Development: Rick Versteegh




Membership Associations

  • Dutch Society of Surgery (NVvH)
    Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
    Dutch Society of Gastro-Intestinal Surgery (NVGIC)
  • European Assocoation for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES)
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
  • European Society of Molecular Imaging (ESMI)


Training / Education / Committee activities



Committee activities

Block Teacher Education Gastrointestinal Liver Diseases
Coordinator VPC KVA and education
Teacher specialized training (I.C. and O.R.)
Teacher LISA course Mom
Associate Editor, European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Teacher Training Course Radiotherapy Laboratory


Leiden University Medical Center
Building 1
Room K-06

Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Tel: 715262309

Postalzone K6-R
P.O. Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden
The Netherlands

E-mail: a.l.vahrmeijer@lumc.nl