Dr. J.K. de Vries - Bouwstra


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 Jeska de Vries-Bouwstra studied medicine at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and graduated with honors in 2001. After graduation she started as a PhD student on the BeSt-trial (BehandelStrategieen in reumatoide artritis; Treatment strategies in Rheumatoid Arthritis). In 2005 she started her training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In 2007 she obtained her PhD on the thesis entitled ‘Towards Tailormade Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis’, based on primary clinical outcome and on serological studies of the BeSt study. She completed her training as a rheumatologist in 2013 and currently holds a staff position at the LUMC department of Rheumatology. She is married and mother of four children.

The Department of Rheumatology of the LUMC is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert center and tertial referral center in the field of systemic sclerosis. Dr. De Vries-Bouwstra is head of the multidisciplinary clinical care pathway provided by the LUMC for patients with systemic sclerosis. Annually over 300 patients with systemic sclerosis are evaluated (Zorgpad Systemische Sclerose). Her research is focussed on risk stratification in patients with systemic sclerosis based on in-depth evaluation of auto-antibody response, microangiopathy patterns and the interaction between these two processes. She is actively involved in international clinical trials evaluating new therapeutic options for systemic sclerosis, and in different international organisations in the field of systemic sclerosis, including EUSTAR (European Scleroderma Trials and Research), and SCTC (Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium). Furthermore, she coordinates education in rheumatology for medical students and is actively involved in teaching activities for both medical students and residents in rheumatology.


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