prof.dr. G.C.M. Kusters (Ron)


About Me

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 https://goo.gl/mQLubr

His research (https://goo.gl/BasxuM) 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 & Life Sciences
General Practice
General Practitioners
Point-Of-Care Systems
Point-Of-Care Testing
Primary Health Care

Ancillary Activities

  • Jeroen Bosch Hospital
    Specialist Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Chemist


Heerink, J. S., Oudega, R., Hopstaken, R. , Koffijberg, H. , & Kusters, R. (2023). Clinical decision rules in primary care: necessary investments for sustainable healthcare. Primary health care research & development, 24, Article e34. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1017/S146342362300021X
Kurstjens, S., De Bel, T., van der Horst, A. , Kusters, R., Krabbe, J., & van Balveren, J. (2022). Automated prediction of low ferritin concentrations using a machine learning algorithm. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(12), 1921-1928. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2021-1194
Loots, F. J., Smits, M., Jenniskens, K., van Zanten, A. R. H. , Kusters, R., Verheij, T. J. M., & Hopstaken, R. M. (2022). Added Diagnostic Value of Biomarkers in Patients with Suspected Sepsis: A Prospective Cohort Study in Out-Of-Hours Primary Care. The journal of applied laboratory medicine, 7(5), 1088-1097. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jalm/jfac031
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. (2022). Added value of drug-laboratory test interaction alerts in test result authorisation. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(5), E108-E111. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2022-0077
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. (2022). Awareness of drug laboratory test interactions is important for prevention of unnecessary additional diagnostics: An example. Clinica Chimica Acta, 530, 99-103. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cca.2022.03.013
Heerink, J. S., Péquériaux, N., Oudega, R., de Jong, M. , Koffijberg, H. , & Kusters, R. (2022). Implementation of a care pathway for deep vein thrombosis: What's the benefit? Thrombosis Update, 7, Article 100109. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tru.2022.100109
van Balveren, J. A. (2022). Drug laboratory test interactions in clinical practice: Improving laboratory test interpretation by creating awareness. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789464194883
Heerink, J. S., Gemen, E., Oudega, R., Geersing, G. J., Hopstaken, R. , & Kusters, R. (2022). Performance of C-Reactive Protein, Procalcitonin, TAT Complex, and Factor VIII in Addition to D-Dimer in the Exclusion of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care Patients. The journal of applied laboratory medicine, 7(2), 444-455. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jalm/jfab094
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. (2022). How to Realize the Benefits of Point-of-Care Testing at the General Practice: A Comparison of Four High-Income Countries. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 11(10), 2248-2260. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2021.143
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. (2021). Real-time monitoring of drug laboratory test interactions: A proof of concept. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 60(2), 235-242. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2021-0790
Kurstjens, S., Gemen, E., Walk, S., Njo, T., Krabbe, J., Gijzen, K., Elisen, M. G. L. M. , & Kusters, R. (2021). Performance of commercially-available cholesterol self-tests. Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, 58(4), 289-296. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0004563221992393
on behalf of the Dutch Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and task group ‘SMILE’: Signaling Medication Interactions and Laboratory test Expert system (2021). Clinical usefulness of drug-laboratory test interaction alerts: A multicentre survey. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 59(7), 1239-1245. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2020-1770
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. (2020). Rapid identification of SARS-CoV-2-infected patients at the emergency department using routine testing. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 58(9), 1587-1593. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2020-0593
Kip, M. M. A., Oonk, M. L. J., Levin, M. D., Schop, A., Bindels, P. J. E. , Kusters, R. , & Koffijberg, H. (2020). Preventing overuse of laboratory diagnostics: a case study into diagnosing anaemia in Dutch general practice. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 20(1), Article 178. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-020-01198-8
Heerink, J., Gemen, E., Oudega, R., Hopstaken, R., Geersing, G. J. , & Kusters, R. (2020). Analytical performance and user-friendliness of five novel point-of-care D-dimer assays. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, 80(5), 433-440. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/00365513.2020.1768586
van Balveren, J., Verboeket-Van de Venne, W., Erdem-Eraslan, L., de Graaf, A., Musson, R., Oosterhuis, W., van der Sijs, I., Verheul, R. , Kusters, R., & Hoedemakers, R. (2019). Real-time monitoring of drug-laboratory test interactions with an automated decision support application. Clinica Chimica Acta, 493(Suppl. 1), S531-S532. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cca.2019.03.1118

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