Professor, M.D., PhD Paediatric-Intensivist and Associated Professor of Paediatrics, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, NETHERLANDS

Koen Joosten is a paediatric-intensivist and associated professor of paediatrics at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, in the Netherlands. Dr K. Joosten studied medicine at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and became a paediatrician in 1993. In 1995 he did his training as a paediatric-intensivist at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital and in 1999 received his PhD, which focused on metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition of the critically ill child. 

He continued research activities in this field and has supervised many PhD projects in nutrition and metabolism. Since 2019 he has been a professor “nutrition and metabolism of the sick child” at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. Part of his research activities are carried out in collaboration with the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, the Pediatric Intensive Care, Stollery’s Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Boston Children’s Hospital. Together with Dr Jessie Hulst, he developed a new simple nutritional (risk) screening tool, named STRONGkids. In 2008, in a nationwide campaign in collaboration with the Dutch government, a performance indicator for screening and treatment of children admitted to the hospital was implemented. Dr Joosten is a member of several nutritional committees; is chairman of the feeding group of the Dutch Paediatric Association, chairman of the Task Force group healthy feeding children 0-4 year, member of the Dutch steering committee on malnutrition and chair of the Special Interest Group Pediatrics of ESPEN. He is director of the ESPEN LLL courses pediatrics.  He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles  and given several lectures primarily on the topic of screening and feeding the ill child in the international arena. He is associate editor of Clinical Nutrition since 2011.