ir. B. (Jelle) George

ir. B. (Jelle) George

Full Professor
ir. B. (Jelle) George
  • Department of Surgical Oncology

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Jelle Ruurda attended medical school in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After finishing, in 2000, he joined the surgical department he University Medical Center Utrecht, to perform research on the first experiences with robot-assisted surgery. In 2003 he received his PhD, the first PhD on robotic surgery worldwide. Hereafter, he started his residency and was registered as general surgeon in 2010. In 2010-2011, he worked as a fellow in digestive surgery in the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He was appointed as staff surgeon at the University Medical Center Utrecht in 2011. From 2019 he is a full professor with his chair in robot-assisted and minimally invasive surgery. His clinical interest is upper gastrointestinal tract surgery and he is the clinical lead for malignancies of the upper gastro-intestinal tract. Jelle Ruurda started with robotic surgery already in 2000 and since his return in Utrecht fully focusses on robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy and gastrectomy. Research is focused on minimally invasive and robotic surgery, but also surgical imaging and innovations are topics of research. He founded the Dutch biobank for esophageal and gastric cancer patients, which holds both blood and tissue samples of patients undergoing treatment. His research efforts are dedicated to defining the patient groups that benefit most from surgical treatment and making that surgical treatment possible with a minimum of side effects. He has authored and co-authored over 15 chapters in textbooks and over 250 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

He is a past board member of the Dutch Society for gastrointestinal surgery, founder and chair of the Dutch Robotic surgery working group and also leads the working group for surgical innovation of the Dutch Surgical Society. He is a board member of the Dutch Federation of Medical Specialists, where he chairs the committee for science, innovation and healthcare evaluation. He also is the chairman of the scientific committee, and member of the educational committee of the Upper GI International Robotic Association (UGIRA).

Side Activities


*: unpaid

Research Output (315)

Use of fluorescence imaging and indocyanine green for sentinel node mapping during gastric cancer surgery:Results of an intercontinental Delphi survey

Sherwinter Danny A, Boni Luigi, Bouvet Michael, Ferri Lorenzo, Hyung Woo Jin, Ishizawa Takeaki, Kaleya Ronald N, Kelly Kaitlyn, Kokudo Norihiro, Lanzarini Enrique, Luyer Misha D P, Mitsumori Norio, Mueller Carmen, Park Doo Joong, Ribero Dario, Rosati Riccardo, Ruurda Jelle P, Sosef Meindert, Schneider-Koraith Sylke, Spinoglio Giuseppe, Strong Vivian, Takahashi Naoto, Takeuchi Hiroya, Wijnhoven Bas P L, Yang Han-Kwang, Dip Fernando, Lo Menzo Emanuele, White Kevin P, Rosenthal Raul J Dec 2022, In: Surgery. 172 , p. S29-S37

Computer-aided anatomy recognition in intrathoracic and -abdominal surgery:a systematic review

den Boer R B, de Jongh C, Huijbers W T E, Jaspers T J M, Pluim J P W, van Hillegersberg R, Van Eijnatten M, Ruurda J P 4 Aug 2022, In: Surgical endoscopy. 36 , p. 8737-8752 16 p.

Detecting Interval Distant Metastases With 18F-FDG PET/CT After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy for Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer

Kroese Tiuri E, Ruurda Jelle P, Bakker Anne S, Jairam Jasvir, Mook Stella, van der Horst Sylvia, Meijer Gert J, Haj Mohammad Nadia, van Rossum Peter S N, van Hillegersberg Richard 5 Apr 2022, In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 47 , p. 496-502 7 p.

Definition of oligometastatic esophagogastric cancer and impact of local oligometastasis-directed treatment:A systematic review and meta-analysis

Kroese Tiuri E, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M, Nilsson Magnus, Lordick Florian, Guckenberger Matthias, Ruurda Jelle P, D'Ugo Domenico, Haustermans Karin, van Cutsem Eric, van Hillegersberg Richard, van Rossum Peter S N 24 Mar 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer. 166 , p. 254-269 16 p.

Endoscopic surgery suturing techniques:a randomized study on learning

Voskens F J, van der Schans E M, Ruurda J P, Broeders I A M J 17 Feb 2022, In: BMC Surgery. 22

A population-based study in synchronous versus metachronous metastatic esophagogastric adenocarcinoma

Pape Marieke, Vissers Pauline A J, Bertwistle David, McDonald Laura, Slingerland Marije, Haj Mohammad Nadia, Beerepoot Laurens V, Ruurda Jelle P, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, Jeene Paul M, van Laarhoven Hanneke W M, Verhoeven Rob H A 2022, In: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology. 14

ASO Visual Abstract: The Value of Paratracheal Lymphadenectomy in Esophagectomy for Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus or Gastroesophageal Junction: a Systematic Review of the Literature

Gantxegi Amaia, Kingma B. Feike, Ruurda Jelle P., Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A. P., Luyer Misha D. P., van Hillegersberg Richard 30 Oct 2021, In: Annals of Surgical Oncology. 29 , p. 1357-1357 1 p.

<sup>18</sup>F-Fludeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography and Laparoscopy for Staging of Locally Advanced Gastric Cancer:A Multicenter Prospective Dutch Cohort Study (PLASTIC)

Gertsen Emma C., Brenkman Hylke J.F., Van Hillegersberg Richard, Van Sandick Johanna W., Van Berge Henegouwen Mark I., Gisbertz Suzanne S., Luyer Misha D.P., Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A.P., Van Lanschot Jan J.B., Lagarde Sjoerd M., Wijnhoven Bas P.L., De Steur Wobbe O., Hartgrink Henk H., Stoot Jan H.M.B., Hulsewe Karel W.E., Spillenaar Bilgen Ernst J., Van Det Marc J., Kouwenhoven Ewout A., Van Der Peet Donald L., Daams Freek, Van Grieken Nicole C.T., Heisterkamp Joos, Van Etten Boudewijn, Van Den Berg Jan Willem, Pierie Jean Pierre, Eker Hasan H., Thijssen Annemieke Y., Belt Eric J.T., Van Duijvendijk Peter, Wassenaar Eelco, Van Laarhoven Hanneke W.M., Wevers Kevin P., Hol Lieke, Wessels Frank J., Haj Mohammad Nadia, Van Der Meulen Miriam P., Frederix Geert W.J., Vegt Erik, Siersema Peter D., Ruurda Jelle P. 27 Oct 2021, In: JAMA Surgery. 156 , p. E1-E9

The ESSO core curriculum committee update on surgical oncology

van der Hage Jos, Sandrucci Sergio, Audisio Riccardo, Wyld Lynda, Søreide Kjetil, Amaral Teresa, Audisio Riccardo, Bahadoer Viren, Beets Geerard, Benstead Kim, Berge Nilsen Elisabeth, Bol Kalijn, Brandl Andreas, Braun Jerry, Cufer Tanja, Dopazo Cristina, Edhemovic Ibrahim, Eriksen Jesper Grau, Fiore Marco, van Ginhoven Tessa, Gonzalez-Moreno Santiago, van der Hage Jos, Hutteman Merlijn, Masannat Yazan, Onesti Elisa Concetta, Rau Beate, De Reijke Theo, Rubio Isabel, Ruurda Jelle, Sandrucci Sergio, Soreide Kjetil, Stattner Stefan, Trapani Dario, D'Ugo Domenico, Vriens Menno, Wyld Lynda, Zahl Eriksson Ane Gerda, 13 Oct 2021, In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology. 47 , p. e1-e30

Robot-assisted minimally invasive thoraco-laparoscopic esophagectomy versus minimally invasive esophagectomy for resectable esophageal adenocarcinoma, a randomized controlled trial (ROBOT-2 trial)

Tagkalos E., van der Sluis P. C., Berlth F., Poplawski A., Hadzijusufovic E., Lang H., van Berge Henegouwen M. I., Gisbertz S. S., Müller-Stich B. P., Ruurda J. P., Schiesser M., Schneider P. M., van Hillegersberg R., Grimminger P. P. 26 Sep 2021, In: BMC Cancer. 21 , p. 1-12 12 p.

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