H.J.P Fokkenrood

Innovative strategies for
intermittent claudication

towards a stepped care approach and new outcome measures


About me

Hugo Johannes Paulus Fokkenrood was born on the 19th of March, 1986 in Rhenen, the Netherlands, as the youngest of two. After attending primary school, he graduated in 2004 from high school (Athenaeum, Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal). Since an early age, Hugo demonstrated a strong preference towards technology, gadgets, the human body and kinetics. This typical combination of interests urged him to initiate a study 'Technical Medicine' (University of Twente, Enschede). After earning his bachelor in 2007, he became progressively convinced that the medical side of it all did matter the most. He was elected to earn a master degree in 'Medicine and Clinical Research' (A-KO, Maastricht University). During his clinical internships he noticed that surgery in general, but orthopaedic surgery in particular fitted his interests best. He performed research during his last year of medical school in Departments of Vascular Surgery and Sport Medicine at Maxima Medical Centre (Veldhoven, dr. M.R.M. Scheltinga, dr. G. Schep). After graduating medical school in September, 2011 he was offered a position as PhD student/Medical Coordinator in the ClaudicatioNet organisation (prof. dr. J.A.W. Teijink, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven). His research focused on the conservative management of intermittent claudication, especially the nationwide introduction of an innovative treatment strategy and on improving disease outcome measurements by the implementation of technologic novelties. Despite his fascination for vascular oriented research, he followed his heart and was granted a resident Orthopaedics position in January 2015 in the Maastricht area. He currently lives with his girlfriend Kelly Huntjens in Eindhoven.



Mijn stellingen

  1. Gesuperviseerde looptherapie is veel meer dan het verhogen van de loopcapaciteit van patiënten met claudicatio intermittens. Dit proefschrift
  2. Een getrapte behandeling bij de behandeling van claudicatio intermittens leidt tot een significante kostenbesparing voor de Nederlandse gezondheidszorg. Dit proefschrift
  3. Gesuperviseerde looptherapie is een veilige behandeling, ook bij cardio-pulmonaal gecompromitteerde patiënten. Dit proefschrift
  4. Ook met een fietstest kan men claudicatio intermittens diagnosticeren Dit proefschrift
  5. Al is en blijft het vak van chirurg (minimaal) invasief, het adagium Primum non nocere ('allereerst zo min mogelijk beschadigen') blijft onverminderd gelden. Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)
  6. Duurzame, veiligere en goedkopere zorg! Toch houden zowel de patiënt, de dokter als de zorgverzekeraar (vooralsnog) niet van gesuperviseerde looptherapie. Dit proefschrift
  7. Keep Walking Johnny Walker
  8. Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien ('het beste is de vijand van het goede'). Voltaire (1694 – 1778)
  9. If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Barack Obama
  10. Je bent nooit te oud om te jongleren. Peter Kops alias Extince
  11. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion. Stephan Hawking