Management & organisation

Executive Board

The Maastricht UMC+ Executive Board focuses on strategic issues and responding to the changing environment of the Maastricht UMC+. The duties and responsibilities of the Executive Board are outlined in the Board regulations. The Executive Board consists of the following members:

President and CEO Prof. Marja van Dieijen-Visser

Prof. Marja van Dieijen-Visser is President and CEO of the Executive Board of the University Hospital Maastricht [azM] and of the Executive Board of the Maastricht UMC+.

President and CEO Executive Board Prof. M. van Dieijen-VisserProf.Marja van Dieijen-Visser (1954) studied chemistry with mathematics at Leiden University and earned her PhD in 1981 from Maastricht University on the topic ‘Behaviour of tissue enzymes in the circulation’. Van Dieijen- Visser has been employed by azM since 1993 as Professor and Department Head of Clinical Chemistry. This department was merged with the Central Diagnostic Laboratory, which she headed from early 2011 until January 2014. From 2006 through 2013, she was also a managing director within azM, most recently as managing director of the unit responsible for Imaging & Laboratories. She has also held numerous other administrative positions in the Maastricht UMC+, including Chair of the Staff Assembly and Chair of the Central Education Committee. Her expertise in the area of ​​research focuses on cardiac biomarkers. Her research involves both heart damage in patients with acute coronary syndrome, as well as the study of heart damage caused by extreme exertion. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, three books, several book contributions, and has supervised 15 PhD students. Van Dieijen-Visser is a member of the international EFLM working group on cardiac markers and also holds various managerial and supervisory positions.

Vice-President Maastricht UMC+ / Dean FHML Prof. Albert Scherpbier

Prof. Albert Scherpbier is Professor of Quality Improvement in Medical Education, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Maastricht UMC +.

Albert ScherpbierProf. Albert Scherpbier's (1954) main areas of focus are within the medical education are quality assurance, professionalisation of medical training, career prospects for teachers, and student involvement in improving the quality of education and research in medical education. Over the latter, he has published more than 200 articles in international journals, about 100 articles in national magazines and around 70 chapters in books and conference proceedings. He teaches courses on research in medical education for the Maastricht School of Health Professions Education and supervises national and international PhD candidates. He also advises medical schools, including in Indonesia, Uganda, Nepal and Ghana. Furthermore, he is a driving force for curriculum innovation that focuses on promoting the integration of fundamental science and clinical science with education in realistic situations. Maastricht recently introduced a programme aimed at doctors who specialise in translational research.


Member Helen Mertens MD

Helen Mertens is a member of the azM Board of Directors and of the Maastricht UMC+ Board of Directors, her portfolio includes Quality and Safety.

Member Executive Board Helen MertensHelen Mertens (1969) received her MD from Maastricht University and completed specialty trainings in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She conducted research into gynaecological cancer and also obtained her PhD on this subject (in 2002). Helen Mertens' career is characterized by a combination of direct patient care, training of medical staff, and executive and management positions in care organizations. She was, for instance, medical director of Orbis MC, a forerunner of the present Zuyderland. The focus of her professional activities has gradually shifted from 'individual care' to 'collective care'.



Member Prof. Nanne de Vries

Prof. Nanne de Vries is professor of health promotion, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, and a member of the Maastricht UMC+ Executive Board.

Member Executive Board Prof. N. de VriesProf. Nanne de Vries (1956) majored in social and organizational psychology at the University of Groningen, where he obtained his PhD in 1988. He worked as an assistant professor at the same university (1987 – 1990) and at Maastricht University's forerunner, the University of Limburg (1986). Between 1990 and 2000, he was an associate professor with the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. In May 2000, he accepted an appointment as professor and chair of the Department of Health Promotion at Maastricht University (until 2011). In his research, Prof. De Vries studies the processes of behavioral change through information, social networks and changes in the environment. He is particularly interested in the settings for health promotion (school, neighborhood, health care institution, family), with an emphasis on nutrition and weight. He has co-authored more than 150 international journal articles and numerous chapters of books, and has supervised more than 40 PhD candidates. He has edited various journals and continues to serve on a number of editorial boards. He frequently serves on grant award panels. In his teaching, Prof. De Vries concentrates on the health sciences, medicine and psychology.


Member Gabriël Zwart MAC

Mr. Gabriël Zwart is a member of the Executive Board of the University Hospital Maastricht [azM] and a member of of the Executive Board of the Maastricht UMC+ with responsibility for finance.

Member Executive Board Gabriël ZwartGabriël Zwart was a member of the Management Board of the Philadelphia Zorg foundation, where his responsibilities included finance. Before that he performed and held various roles and positions in the healthcare sector on the basis of his financial background.