dr. T. (Ronald L.A.W.) T_MSS33

dr. T. (Ronald L.A.W.) T_MSS33

Full Professor
dr. T. (Ronald L.A.W.) T_MSS33
  • Department of Anatomy

Research Programs

Infection & Immunity



Ronald L.A.W. Bleys (1959) graduated as MD in 1986 at Utrecht University. He has been working as an anatomist at the medical faculty of Utrecht University (now: University Medical Center Utrecht) since 1987. In 1995 he received his PhD degree on the thesis “Innervation of the basal cerebral arteries: pathways and densities”. Part of this research had been performed at the department of anatomy of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, UK. In 1999 he became registered as medical morphological investigator by the Foundation for Biomedical Scientific Research Training (SMBWO). He became head of department of Anatomy in 2000 and full professor of Clinical Anatomy in 2012.

His recent research work has focused on the interactions between the vascular system and the autonomic nervous system. More specifically, he is investigating the role of the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of inflammatory responses. Furthermore in collaboration with clinicians of especially surgical disciplines he has been participating in clinical anatomical research projects, with special focus on esophageal cancer surgery. 

He is an allround anatomist with an enormous teaching experience, including training of medical residents and specialists. His department has become a centre of excellence for postgraduate anatomical training in the Netherlands and hosts well known international courses. His own specialty is the head and neck region. He is also involved in teaching innovations, one of them being the development and implementation of virtual 3D anatomical models. 

Side Activities

Nederlandse Anatomen Vereniging, president

Medische Arthroscopie en Endoscopie Stichting, president

Member of editorial board of Clinical Anatomy

Stichting Medisch Faculteitsfonds Talma-Eykman, treasurer and secretary

Faculty Club Utrecht University, president

Medische Studenten Faculteitsvereniging Utrecht "Sams", member of supervisory and advisory board

Vereniging Chirurgie voor Medisch Studenten, member of board of recommendation

Fellowship and Awards

Honorary doctorate, Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia, 2015

Outstanding Teacher Award, Utrecht University, 2013

Medal of honor, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria, 1997

Talma Eykman award for Teacher of the year, Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University, 1990

Research Output (140)

Computed tomography-based calcium scoring in cadaver leg arteries:Influence of dose, reader, and reconstruction algorithm

de Jong Daan J, van der Star Simone, Bleys Ronald L A W, Schilham Arnold M R, Kuijf Hugo J, de Jong Pim A, Kok Madeleine 1 Dec 2021, In: European Journal of Radiology. 146

Microanatomy of the Frontal Branch of the Facial Nerve:The Role of Nerve Caliber and Axonal Capacity

Ruewe Marc, Engelmann Simon, Huang Chi W, Klein Silvan M, Anker Alexandra M, Lamby Philipp, Bleys Ronald L A W, Tamm Ernst R, Prantl Lukas, Kehrer Andreas 1 Dec 2021, In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 148 , p. 1357-1365 9 p.

Age-Related Variation in Sympathetic Nerve Distribution in the Human Spleen

Cleypool Cindy G.J., Brinkman David J., Mackaaij Claire, Nikkels Peter G.J., Nolte Martijn A., Luyer Misha D., de Jonge Wouter J., Bleys Ronald L.A.W. 14 Oct 2021, In: Frontiers in Neuroscience. 15 , p. 1-14

Targeted muscle reinnervation for Morton Neuroma:An anatomical study

Krijgh David D., Teunis Teun, List Emile B., Van Hecke Wim, Bleys Ronald L.A.W., Coert J. Henk Oct 2021, In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 74 , p. 2776-2820 45 p.

Quantification of Calcium in Peripheral Arteries of the Lower Extremities:Comparison of Different CT Scanners and Scoring Platforms

van der Star Simone, de Jong Daan J, Bleys Ronald L A W, Kuijf Hugo J, Schilham Arnold, de Jong Pim A, Kok Madeleine 17 Aug 2021, In: Investigative Radiology. 57 , p. 141-147 7 p.

Sympathetic nerve distribution in human lymph nodes

Cleypool Cindy G.J., Mackaaij Claire, Lotgerink Bruinenberg Dyonne, Schurink Bernadette, Bleys Ronald L.A.W. Aug 2021, In: Journal of Anatomy. 239 , p. 282-289 8 p.

Topographic features of nano-pores within the osteochondral interface and their effects on transport properties –a 3D imaging and modeling study

Pouran Behdad, Raoof Amir, de Winter D. A.Matthijs, Arbabi Vahid, Bleys Ronald L.A.W., Beekman Frederik J., Zadpoor Amir A., Malda Jos, Weinans Harrie 23 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Biomechanics. 123 8 p.

Support for using a three-dimensional anatomy application over anatomical atlases in a randomized comparison

Zilverschoon Marijn, Custers Eugene J., ten Cate Olle, Kruitwagen Cas L.J.J., Bleys Ronald L.A.W. 17 Jun 2021, In: Anatomical Sciences Education. 15 , p. 178-186 9 p.

The presence of metastatic thoracic duct lymph nodes in Western esophageal cancer patients:A Multinational Observational Study

Defize Ingmar L, Gorgels Stijn M C, Mazza Elena, Schurink Bernadette, Strignano Paolo, Catalano Giorgia, Brosens Lodewijk A A, Chiusa Luigi, Bleys Ronald L A W, Mook Stella, Meijer Gert J, Romagnoli Renato, Ruurda Jelle P, van Hillegersberg Richard 4 Mar 2021, In: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 113 , p. 429-435 7 p.

Surgical anatomy of the upper esophagus related to robot-assisted cervical esophagectomy

Wedel Thilo, Heinze Tillmann, Möller Thorben, van Hillegersberg Richard, Bleys Ronald L A W, Weijs Teun J, van der Sluis Pieter Christian, Grimminger Peter P, Sallum Rubens A, Becker Thomas, Egberts Jan-Hendrik 16 Jan 2021, In: Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. 34 , p. 1-9

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