Ron Kusters is a full professor at the University of Twente, Enschede and a specialist laboratory medicine, head of the laboratory for clinical chemistry and haematology at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch.

He obtained his PhD in 1992 at the University of Utrecht and after a post-doc at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, he started his internship in laboratory medicine  at the Medisch Spectrum Twente in Enschede. As a board certified clinical biochemist, he joined the Jeroen Bosch Hospital, one of the larger teaching hospitals in the Netherlands in 1998. In 2000 he was appointed medical manager (head of laboratory). In 2005, he was recognized as supervisor to interns in laboratory medicine and up till 2021, he supervised 11 residents in laboratory medicine.

At the University of Twente he was appointed professor (part time) in 2011. His chair is at the department of health technology and services research, part of the Technical Medical Centre. His inaugural lecture (Dutch) may be found at

His research ( focuses on clinical and economical effectiveness of laboratory diagnostics with particular interest in innovative biochemical markers and innovative diagnostic technologies, like point of care testing


  • Medicine and Dentistry

    • Patient
    • Diagnosis
    • Primary Health Care
    • Laboratory
    • Laboratory Test
    • General Practitioner
    • Inpatient
    • General Medicine


Ancillary activities

  • Direct Diagnostics/Sanquinadvisory
  • METC Brabantmember of METC Brabant
  • Jeroen Bosch ZiekenhuisKlinisch Chemicus en medisch manager


The societal impact of implementing an at-home blood sampling device for chronic care patients: patient preferences and cost impactBMC health services research, 22(1), Article 1529. Lingervelder, D., Kip, M. M. A., Wiese, E. D., Koffijberg, H., Ijzerman, M. J. & Kusters, R. prediction of low ferritin concentrations using a machine learning algorithmClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(12), 1921-1928. Kurstjens, S., De Bel, T., van der Horst, A., Kusters, R., Krabbe, J. & van Balveren, J. to Realize the Benefits of Point-of-Care Testing at the General Practice: A Comparison of Four High-Income CountriesInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management, 11(10), 2248-2260. Lingervelder, D., Koffijberg, H., Emery, J. D., Fennessy, P., Price, C. P., van Marwijk, H., Eide, T. B., Sandberg, S., Cals, J. W. L., Derksen, J. T. M., Kusters, R. & IJzerman, M. J. Diagnostic Value of Biomarkers in Patients with Suspected Sepsis: A Prospective Cohort Study in Out-Of-Hours Primary CareThe journal of applied laboratory medicine, 7(5), 1088-1097. Loots, F. J., Smits, M., Jenniskens, K., van Zanten, A. R. H., Kusters, R., Verheij, T. J. M. & Hopstaken, R. M. prediction models for mortality in patients with covid-19: external validation and individual participant data meta-analysisBMJ, 378, Article e069881. De Jong, V. M. T., Rousset, R. Z., Antonio-Villa, N. E., Buenen, A. G., Van Calster, B., Bello-Chavolla, O. Y., Brunskill, N. J., Curcin, V., Damen, J. A. A., Fermín-Martínez, C. A., Fernández-Chirino, L., Ferrari, D., Free, R. C., Gupta, R. K., Haldar, P., Hedberg, P., Korang, S. K., Kurstjens, S., Kusters, R., … Debray, T. P. A. clinical prediction model for early recognition of sepsis in adult primary care patients: a prospective diagnostic cohort study of development and external validationBritish journal of general practice, 72(719), E437-E445. Loots, F., Smits, M., Hopstaken, R. M., Jenniskens, K., Schroeten, F. H., Bruel, A. v. d., van de Pol, A. C., Oosterheert, J. J., Bouma, H., Little, P., Moore, M., van Delft, S., Rijpsma, D., Holkenborg, J., van Bussel, B. C. T., Laven, R., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., Hoogerwerf, J. J., Latten, G. H. P., … Verheij, T. J. M. laboratory test interactions in clinical practice: Improving laboratory test interpretation by creating awareness. University of Twente. van Balveren, J. A. adoption of point-of-care testing in primary care: Health economic evidence and organisational factors. University of Twente. Lingervelder, D. of a care pathway for deep vein thrombosis: What's the benefit?Thrombosis Update, 7, Article 100109. Heerink, J. S., Péquériaux, N., Oudega, R., de Jong, M., Koffijberg, H. & Kusters, R. of drug laboratory test interactions is important for prevention of unnecessary additional diagnostics: An exampleClinica Chimica Acta, 530, 99-103. van Balveren, J. A., Erdem-Eraslan, L., Verboeket-van de Venne, W. P. H. G., Doggen, C. J. M., Hofland, J., Oosterhuis, W. P., de Rijke, Y. B., Hoedemakers, R. M. J. & Kusters, R. value of drug-laboratory test interaction alerts in test result authorisationClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(5), E108-E111. van Balveren, J. A., Verboeket-van de Venne, W. P. H. G., Doggen, C. J. M., Erdem-Eraslan, L., de Graaf, A. J., Krabbe, J. G., Musson, R. E. A., Oosterhuis, W. P., De Rijke, Y. B., van der Sijs, H., Tintu, A. N., Verheul, R. J., Hoedemakers, R. M. J. & Kusters, R. of C-Reactive Protein, Procalcitonin, TAT Complex, and Factor VIII in Addition to D-Dimer in the Exclusion of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care PatientsThe journal of applied laboratory medicine, 7(2), 444-455. Heerink, J. S., Gemen, E., Oudega, R., Geersing, G. J., Hopstaken, R. & Kusters, R.
Real-time monitoring of drug laboratory test interactions: A proof of conceptClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(2), 235-242. van Balveren, J. A., Verboeket-van de Venne, W. P. H. G., Doggen, C. J. M., Erdem-Eraslan, L., De Graaf, A. J., Krabbe, J. G., Musson, R. E. A., Oosterhuis, W. P., De Rijke, Y. B., Van Der Sijs, H., Tintu, A. N., Verheul, R. J., Hoedemakers, R. M. J. & Kusters, R. of commercially-available cholesterol self-testsAnnals of Clinical Biochemistry, 58(4), 289-296. Kurstjens, S., Gemen, E., Walk, S., Njo, T., Krabbe, J., Gijzen, K., Elisen, M. G. L. M. & Kusters, R. Economic Evidence of Point-of-Care Testing: A Systematic ReviewPharmacoEconomics - Open, 5(2), 157-173. Lingervelder, D., Koffijberg, H., Kusters, R. & IJzerman, M. J. usefulness of drug-laboratory test interaction alerts: A multicentre surveyClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 59(7), 1239-1245. van Balveren, J. A., Verboeket-Van de Venne, W. P. H. G., Doggen, C. J. M., Cornelissen, A. S., Erdem-Eraslan, L., de Graaf, A. J., Krabbe, J. G., Musson, R. E. A., Oosterhuis, W. P., de Rijke, Y. B., van der Sijs, H., Tintu, A. N., Verheul, R. J., Hoedemakers, R. M. J. & Kusters, R.
Analytical performance and user-friendliness of five novel point-of-care D-dimer assaysScandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, 80(5), 433-440. Heerink, J., Gemen, E., Oudega, R., Hopstaken, R., Geersing, G. J. & Kusters, R. overuse of laboratory diagnostics: a case study into diagnosing anaemia in Dutch general practiceBMC medical informatics and decision making, 20(1), Article 178. Kip, M. M. A., Oonk, M. L. J., Levin, M. D., Schop, A., Bindels, P. J. E., Kusters, R. & Koffijberg, H. identification of SARS-CoV-2-infected patients at the emergency department using routine testingClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 58(9), 1587-1593. Kurstjens, S., Van Der Horst, A., Herpers, R., Geerits, M. W. L., Kluiters-De Hingh, Y. C. M., Göttgens, E. L., Blaauw, M. J. T., Thelen, M. H. M., Elisen, M. G. L. M. & Kusters, R.

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Courses academic year 2023/2024

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