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Ewout W Steyerberg, PhD, is professor Clinical Biostatistics and Medical Decision Making at Leiden University Medical Center. He has been chairing the department of Biomedical Data Sciences since 2017. Professor Steyerberg’s methodological research concentrates on the role of prediction models and randomized clinical trials for better decision making in individual patients. He develops and applies advanced regression analysis and related machine learning techniques. His methodological areas of interest include biostatistics, cost-effectiveness, decision analysis, comparative effectiveness and quality of care research. He has collaborated with many medical researchers in fields such as oncology, surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, neurology, and traumatic brain injury. These collaborations are reflected in over 1000 publications at PubMed, which are well-cited.

Academic career

1985-86: Medicine, Leiden University

1986-91: MSc, Biomedical Sciences, Leiden University (cum laude)

1996: PhD Erasmus University Rotterdam, “Prognostic modelling for clinical decision making”

1996: sabbatical at Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC

2003 and 2005: sabbaticals at Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA

2006: professor of Medical Decision Making, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam; inaugural address

2017: professor of Clinical Biostatistics and Medical Decision Making, LUMC, Leiden

Leiden University
Duke University
Harvard University


1995 Society for Medical Decision Making: student prize

1996 ‘TALENT stipendium’ from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (‘NWO’) for a research at Duke University, Durham, NC

1999-2003 Fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

2005 Marx Research fellowship from Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA

2016 John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research by the Society for Medical Decision Making

2019 Member of the Royal Netherlands Society for Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

2021 Member of the European Society of Sciences and Arts