Prof. dr. R Bleys

Prof. dr. R Bleys


“Scientific research means that you push the boundaries of your discipline. It is a creative and challenging process and takes various forms within our field of expertise.”

Research focus: Anatomy, Autonomic nervous system, Anatomy of the head and neck area, Anatomical aspects of esophageal surgery

Ronald Bleys is Professor of Clinical Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University and chairman of the Faculty Club, the central meeting place for members of the Utrecht University community and its (foreign) guests.

Research on the autonomic nervous system
His research focuses on the autonomic nervous system, especially the interactions with the vascular system and its role in regulating 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.


Clinical Anatomy
Inaugural lecture date