Prof Robert Hermans studied medicine at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He has spent practical training periods in several hospitals in Belgium and South-Africa. He was promoted with distinction to medical doctor (M.D.) in 1987.
After his medical studies, he entered the radiology training programme at the University Hospitals of Leuven, Belgium, and became certified radiologist in 1991. He was appointed staff member in the Department of Radiology at the same institution in 1992. His primary interest is head and neck radiology.
In 1998, he obtained the degree of doctor in medical sciences (PhD) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with a thesis on laryngeal cancer imaging.
He was appointed assistant professor in 1998, and associate professor in 2000, in the faculty of Medicine of the same university. In 2004, he was promoted to full professor.
Dr. Robert Hermans is member of several scientific societies, and served as president of the International Cancer Imaging Society (ICIS). He is also past-president of the Royal Belgian Society of Radiology (RBSR). From 2010 till 2017, he served as editor-in-chief of Insights into Imaging, official journal of the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Dr. Robert Hermans authored about 180 articles and 40 book chapters, mainly on head and neck imaging, with a special focus on cancer imaging. He was also editor of 4 books on this topic.
Dr. Robert Hermans was awarded a honorary membership of the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA), the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), and a honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
Professor of Radiology at North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Administration and University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Medical School: University of Essen, Germany
Radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship: University of Florida
#1 MRA Medical Safety Director at Advanced MRI and Spectroscopy Facility (AMRIS) at the Brain Institute of University of Florida
#2 Affiliated faculty member of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)
#3 Associate radiology residency program director
Current active grants:
#1 National Institute of Health: Post-operative cognitive dysfunction – Co-Investigator
#2 National Institute of Health: White matter connectivity in Parkinson Disease and its relative contribution to cognitive phenotypes and cognitive decline – Co-Investigator
#3 National Institute of Health: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomarkers for Muscular Dystrophy – Co-Investigator
#4 Innovation Grant: Eliminate unnecessary healthcare costs while improving patient access through educational intervention using appropriateness criteria – Co-Investigator
#1 Souteastern Neuroradiological Society (SENRS) – President
#2 American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) – Education Committee Chair
#3 American Board of Radiology volunteer
Selected publications since 2010:
1. Price CC, Wood MF, Leonard CM, Towler S, Ward J, Montijo H, Kellison I, Bowers D, Monk T, Necomer JC, Schmalfuss I: Entorhinal Cortex Volume in Older Adults: Reliability and Validity Considerations for Three Published Measurement Protocols. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2010; 16(5):846-55. – PMID: 20937164
2. Sozda CN, Larson MJ, Kaufman DA, Schmalfuss IM, Perlstein WM: Error-related processing following severe traumatic brain injury: An event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. Int J Psychophysiol 2011, 82:97-106. – PMID: 21756946
3. Carnaby-Mann G, Crary MA, Schmalfuss I, Amdur R: “Pharyngocise”: Randomized Controlled Trial of Preventive Exercises to Maintain Muscle Structure and Swallowing Function During Head-and Neck Chemoradiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2012; 83(1):210-9. – PMID: 22014959
4. Price CC, Mitchell SM, Brumback B, Tanner JJ, Schmalfuss I, Lamar M, Giovanetti T, Heilman KM, Libon DJ: MRI-leukoaraiosis thresholds and the phenotypic expression of dementia. Neurology 2012; 79(8):734-40. – PMID: 22843264
5. Price CC, Tanner JJ, Schmalfuss IM, Garvan CW, Gearen P, Dickey D, Heilman K, McDonagh DL, Libon DJ, Leonard C, Bowers D, Monk TG: A pilot study evaluating presurgery neuroanatomical biomarkers for postoperative cognitive decline after total knee arthroplasty in older adults. Anesthesiology 2014; 120(3):601-13. PMID:24534857
6. Papa L, Roberson CS, Wang KKW, Brophy GM, Hannay HJ, Heaton S, Schmalfuss I, Gabrielli A, Hayes RL, Robicsek SA: Biomarkers Improve Clinical Outcome Predictors of Mortality Following Non-Penetrating Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Neurocrit Care 2014; ahead of print. PMID: 25052159 – PMID: 24534857
7. Schwab NA, Tanner JJ, Nguyen P, Schmalfuss IM, Bowers D, Okun M, Price CC. Proof of principle: Transformation approach alters caudate nucleus volume and structure-function associations. Brain Imaging and Behavior. Ahead of print. PMID: 25413122
8. Saito AI, Olivier KR, Li JR, Liu C, Newlin HE, Schmalfuss I, Kyogoku S, Dempsey JF: Lung tumor motion change during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT): an evaluation using MRI. J Appl Clin Med Phys 2014: 15(3):4434. – PMID: 24892328
9. Tóth A, Schmalfuss I, Heaton SC, Gabrielli A, Hannay HJ, Papa L, Brophy GM, Wang KKW, Büki A, Schwarcz A, Hayes RL, Robertson CS, Robicsek SA: Lateral Ventricle Volume Asymmetry Predicts Midline Shift in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma 2015; Epub ahead of print – PMID: 25752227
10. Middlebrooks EH, Frost CJ, DeJesus RO, Massini TC, Schmalfuss IM, Mancuso AA: Acute Invasive Fungal Rhinosinusitis: A Comprehensive Update of CT Findings and Design of an Effective Diagnostic Imaging Model. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2015; Epub ahead of print. PMID:25882281
Selected books and book chapters since 2010:
1. Schmalfuss IM: Neoplasms of the Hypopharynx and Proximal Esophagus. In: Head and Neck Cancer Imaging; Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2012, pp 97-121.
2. Schmalfuss IM: Malignant Lesions of the Central and Posterior Skull Base. In: Head and Neck Cancer Imaging; Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2012, pp 261-290.
3. Schmalfuss IM: Positron Emission Tomography in Head and Neck Cancer. In: Head and Neck Cancer Imaging; Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2012, pp 363-385.
4. Schmalfuss IM, Hegde V: PET/CT Misses, Miscues, Mistakes and Mimics in the Head and Neck. ARRS categorical course syllabi 2014.
5. Bhatti MT and Schmalfuss IM: Handbook of Neuro-Imaging for the Ophthalmologist. JP Medical Ltd, 2014.
Dr Yannick De Brucker studied medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), graduating cum laude in 2010. He was a 1st and 2nd year resident in radiology at ASZ Aalst, after which he fulfilled his residency training at the UZ Brussel. In 2015 he did a visiting fellowship of Neuroradiology and Head and Neck radiology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in the unit of Prof. Anthony Mancuso. In 2016 he also did a visiting fellowship in Head and Neck radiology at the UZ Leuven, in the unit of Prof. Robert Hermans. In 2018 he became Head and Neck scientific subcommittee member for the ECR . To date, he works at the UZ Brussel as a staff member in the unit of Neuroradiology and Head and Neck radiology. His radiological interests are also non-vascular interventions and musculoskeletal radiology. He actively promotes multidisciplinary approach, because he believes that the radiologist can learn from the clinician and vice versa. In his spare time he is an avid sportsman, mainly road cycling.
1978-1987 Medicine at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
1987-1988 Military Service (Royal Dutch Navy)
1989-1995 Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Utrecht
1995-1997 Clinical fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society
Main areas of professional interest / specialisation: head and neck radiology
Professional experience / appointments
1997-2009 Radiologist, the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
2009- Radiologist, UMCU
Research interest: Imaging and radiotherapy target definition in head and neck cancer
Professional Membership & Associated managerial positions:
1994 – Member Dutch Radiological Society
1995 – Member Head and Neck Radiology of the Dutch radiological Society
1997 – Member European Society of Head and Neck Radiology
1998 – Member Dutch Cooperative Group of Head and Neck Oncology (NWHHT)
2001 – Member European Society of Radiology
2011 – Secretary Section Head and Neck Radiology Dutch Radiological Society
2015 – Team leader Head and Neck European Diploma Radiology Core Committee
2018 – Member Education Committee Dutch Radiological Society
Awards: European Society of Radiology Teaching award 2013
Recent International Scientific Publications:
Klein Nulent TJW, Noorlag R, Van Cann EM, Pameijer FA, Willems SM, et al. Intraoral ultrasonography to measure tumor thickness of oral cancer. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Oral Oncol 2018 Feb;77:29-36.
Ligtenberg H, Jager EA, Caldas-Magalhaes J, Schakel T, Pameijer FA, et al. Modality-specific target definition for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer on FDG-PET, CT and MRI. Radiother Oncol 2017 Apr;123(1):63-70.
Vogel WV, Lam MG, Pameijer FA, van der Heide UA, van de Kamer JB, et al. Functional imaging in radiotherapy in the Netherlands: availability and impact on clinical practice. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2016 Dec;28(12):e206-e215.
Caldas-Magalhaes J., Kooij N., Ligtenberg H., Jager E.A., Schakel T, Kasperts N, Pameijer FA et al. The accuracy of target delineation in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer. Acta Oncol. 2015;3:1-7.
Dankbaar JW, Pameijer FA. Vocal cord paralysis: anatomy, imaging and pathology. Insights Imaging 2014;5(6):743-751.
Lodder WL, Gilhuijs KG, Lange CA, Pameijer FA, Balm AJ, van den Brekel MW. Semi-automated primary tumor volume measurements by dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck 2013;35(4):521-526.
Academic Thesis: 1999: Pre- and post-radiotherapy computed tomography in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer: Imaging-based prediction of local control.