prof.dr. W.H. van Harten (Wim)

Professor Quality Management and Health Care Technology

About Me

Wim H. van Harten graduated as M.D. and specialized in tropical medicine. On returning from Africa he focused on public health and health administration. He obtained a degree in community medicine/public and worked Chief Medical Advisor of a major health insurance company (1986-1992). Thereafter worked  as CEO at t the rehabilitation hospital “Het Roessingh” in Enschede and as member of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL). From 2005 onwards  he was  appointed as Research Group leader at the Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology at the NKI.


Since 2001 he is part-time professor on “Quality Management and Health Care Technology” at the department of Health Technology and Services Research of the School of Management and Governance. So far, he supervised over 15 Ph.D graduations and presently his group consists of 3 postdocs and 7 PhD students in the NKI and 4 in other universities. He published over 190 peer reviewed papers on health services and quality management, especially  Health Technology Assessment, E-health and Process improvement.


He served as President of the OECI from 2011-2014, presently as Chair OECI Working Group on Health Economics and member of the OECI Cancer Center Accreditation and Designation Board. From 2008 – 2014 he served as Board member of the Netherlands Hospital Association with the portfolio of innovation, drug costs and quality issues.


From 2015 he is CEO of Rijnstate (general) Hospital in Arnhem, a large teaching hospital with an annual expenditure of € 560 million and around 5500 employees, of whom around 300 medical specialists and 110 MDs in specialist training. He is Chair of mProve, a collaborative of 7 large teaching hospitals in the Netherlands with a total annual expenditure of ± € 3 billion.  


Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomedical Technology Assessment
Breast Neoplasms
Cancer Survivors
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Costs And Cost Analysis
Social Sciences

Ancillary Activities

  • Rijnstate
    Voorzitter Raad van Bestuur
  • The Netherlands Cancer Institute
    Research group Leader
  • Raad voor de Rechtspraak
    Chair Visitatiecommissie RaadvoordeRechtspraak


Groen, W. G., Naaktgeboren, W. R. , Van Harten, W. H., Van Vulpen, J. K., Kool, N., Sonke, G. S., Van Der Wall, E., Velthuis, M. J., Aaronson, N. K., May, A. M., & Stuiver, M. M. (2022). Physical Fitness and Chemotherapy Tolerance in Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 54(4), 537-542. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002828
Koole, S. N., Vessies, D. C. L., Schuurbiers, M. M. F., Kramer, A., Schouten, R. D. , Degeling, K., Bosch, L. J. W., van den Heuvel, M. M. , van Harten, W. H., van den Broek, D., Monkhorst, K. , & Retèl, V. P. (2022). Cell-Free DNA at Diagnosis for Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Costs, Time to Diagnosis and Clinical Relevance. Cancers, 14(7), [1783]. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers14071783
Naaktgeboren, W. R., Groen, W. G., Jacobse, J. N., Steggink, L. C., Walenkamp, A. M. E. , van Harten, W. H., Stuiver, M. M., Aaronson, N. K., Aleman, B. M. P. , van der Meer, P., Schaapveld, M., Sonke, G. S., Gietema, J. A., van Leeuwen, F. E., & May, A. M. (2022). Physical Activity and Cardiac Function in Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Study. JACC: CardioOncology, 4(2), 183-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaccao.2022.02.007
de Wiel, H. J. V., Groen, W. G., Kampshoff, C. S., Buffart, L. M., van Mechelen, W., Schep, G., Sonke, G. S., Huijsmans, R. , van Harten, W. H., Aaronson, N. K., & Stuiver, M. M. (2022). Construct Validity of the Steep Ramp Test for Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Breast Cancer and the Effect of Chemotherapy-Related Symptom Burden. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2022.05.014

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Technohal (building no. 18), room 3105
Hallenweg 5
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Technohal  3105
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands