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Assistant Professor - medical

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Dr. Stefaan Tytgat is head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital – University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands. After his general surgical training at The Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam he specialized in pediatric surgery in Utrecht under supervision of Klaas Bax and David van der Zee. The department has a long standing history of minimally invasive abdominal and thoracic pediatric surgery and over the years the department has hosted many international visitors and trainees that have an interest in minimally invasive pediatric surgery.

With over 280 procedures performed in the past twenty years, the thoracoscopic treatment of esophageal atresia has become the main focus of Dr. Tytgat and his team. Also new treatment strategies have been introduced, such as the thoracoscopic external traction technique for pure long gap atresia and the primary thoracoscopic posterior tracheopexy to prevent the respiratory complications of tracheomalacia.

In 2018 The UMC Utrecht has set up an international referral program for children with complex congenital esophageal and airway malformations. Every year, a growing number of patients is referred from different European countries (and Israel).

In 2020, the department received a European Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership grant (450.000 Euro) for neonatal esophageal and airway surgery training with University Medical Centers of London (Great Ormond Street), Stockholm (Karolinska) and Rome (Bambino Gesu). The international TEACHER training program for ERN-centers is currently constructed with this Erasmus grant.

Dr. Tytgat is an active member of the European Reference Network for Inherited and Congenital (digestive and gastrointestinal) Anomalies (ERNICA). He has contributed to a number of consensus papers and guidelines on the management of esophageal atresia.

Research groups

Congenital esophageal and airway team utrecht

Research aim

Our research strives to improve outcomes for Esophageal Atresia patients, reducing morbidity and enhancing quality of life, while developing strategies for long-term improvement, shaping a brighter future.
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Perinatal surgery & brain damage

Research aim

Our mission is to unravel the impact of neonatal surgery, as well for congenital heart defects as non-cardiac anomalies on brain injury, development and long-term impairments to develop strategies to improve long-term outcome shaping a better future.
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Recent publications

Graft dilatation and Barrett's esophagus in adults after gastric pull-up and jejunal interposition for long-gap esophageal atresia Eleonora Sofie van Tuyll van Serooskerken, Gabriele Gallo, Bas L Weusten, Jessie Westerhof, Lodewijk Aa Brosens, Sander Zwaveling, Jetske Ruiterkamp, Jan Bf Hulscher, Hubertus Gm Arets, Arnold Jn Bittermann, David C van der Zee, Stefaan Haj Tytgat, Maud Ya Lindeboom
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2023, vol. 15, p.553-563
Airway Epithelial Cultures of Children with Esophageal Atresia as a Model to Study Respiratory Tract Disorders Henriette H.M. Dreyer, Eleonora Sofie van Tuyll van Serooskerken, Lisa W. Rodenburg, Arnold J.N. Bittermann, Hubertus G.M. Arets, Ellen M.B.P. Reuling, Johannes W. Verweij, Eric G. Haarman, David C. van der Zee, Stefaan H.A.J. Tytgat, Cornelis K. van der Ent, Jeffrey M. Beekman, Gimano D. Amatngalim, Maud Y.A. Lindeboom
Children (Basel, Switzerland), 2023, vol. 10, p.1-9
Bacterial Colonization of the Lower Airways in Children With Esophageal Atresia Eleonora Sofie van Tuyll van Serooskerken, Rauand Duhoky, Johannes W Verweij, Louis Bont, Hubertus G M Arets, Arnold J N Bittermann, David C van der Zee, Stefaan H A J Tytgat, Maud Y A Lindeboom
The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 2023, vol. 42, p.644-647
Safety and feasibility of indocyanine green fluorescence angiography in pediatric gastrointestinal surgery Eline A. Breuking, Otis C. van Varsseveld, Marc Harms, Stefaan H.A.J. Tytgat, Jan B.F. Hulscher, Jetske Ruiterkamp
Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2022, vol. 58, p.1534-1542
Esophageal Atresia David C. van der Zee, Maud Y.A. Lindeboom, Stefaan H.A. Tytgat
2022, p.489-496
Quality of life after esophageal replacement in children Gabriele Gallo, E. S. van Tuyll van Serooskerken, S. H.A.J. Tytgat, D. C. van der Zee, C. M.G. Keyzer-Dekker, S. Zwaveling, J. B.F. Hulscher, H. Groen, M. Y.A. Lindeboom
Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2021, vol. 56, p.239-244