Ernst Kuipers trained in gastroenterology and hepatology. He was appointed as member of the Erasmus MC Board of Directors on 1 December 2012 and has been chairman of the Board since 15 March 2013. He was educated in the Netherlands (Groningen, Enschede, Deventer and Amsterdam), and worked in Nashville, USA for several years after obtaining his PhD. In 2000, he was appointed as Professor and head of Erasmus MC’s department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and in 2006 he also became head of the department of Internal Medicine. He was, among others, the driving force behind the introduction of the national screening program for colon cancer.

His academic and professional interests, combined with his management experience within various international organizations and committees, has brought him a very broad-minded view on national as well international issues.