dr. J.F. Swart Assistant Professor - medical
- Immunology patient care
Joost Swart is a board certified paediatrician immunologist & rheumatologist. After receiving his Medical Degree (cum laude/ with Honour) from the University of Groningen in 1999, he finished his training as a paediatrician at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam in 2006. His fellowship paediatric rheumatology-immunology was completed in 2008 in Utrecht. He worked as a paediatric rheumatologist for 3 years in both Reade and the VUmc in Amsterdam. In 2011 he came to work in the largest Dutch group of Pediatric Rheumatology / Immunology based in Utrecht.
He is member of the Paediatric Educational Committee in Utrecht (PAOK-committee) and educates students in both the CRU and Summa medical curricula in Utrecht and lectures nurses in the Amstel Academy. He trains interns, residents and fellows in paediatrics and rheumatology in UMC Utrecht. He is a certified instructor on the APLS-course from the Advance Life Support Group in Belgium.
His research focuses on comparative effectiveness and safety of drugs and treatment-strategies in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). He is doing a PhD on the effect of mesenchymal stem cells in proteoglycan induced arthritis and has already started a phase I/II pilot-study in JIA-patients. Furthermore he is researcher and member of the Steering Committee of the international Pharmacovigilance database Pharmachild with over 9000 JIA-patients who have contributed their clinical data and over 1,700 blood and synovial samples. With this project he won the EULAR Abstract Award for top clinical research abstracts (6 out of 4300 abstracts).
He won a Pfizer Aspire-grant to investigate the treatment-results measured by JADAS-scores in JIA patients in Utrecht. He hopes to finish his PhD in the end of 2016.
He is member of the Dutch Rheumatology Association, Dutch Association for Paediatric Rheumatology, Paediatric Rheumatology European Society, Pediatric Rheumatology International Trial Organization and the Dutch Association against Quackery.
2015- present Maxima Medisch Centrum, Veldhoven: poli kinderreumatologie: 1 dag per maand
2014- Present Member of PAOK committee (Education for Pediatricians) UMC Utrecht
2014- Present Coordinator Pharmachild-NL
2011- Present Member of Steering Committee of PharmaChild (International)
Fellowship and Awards
2015 “The Addition of one or more Biologics to Methotrexate in Children with JIA increases the Incidence of
Infections and Serious Adverse Events. The 5882 Pharmachild Cohort.” Selected as Top 6 of Clinical
Science Abstracts chosen from 4323 Abstracts EULAR Congress Rome
2010 “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy has significant Clinical and Histopathological Effect in Proteoglycan
Induced Arthritis” Selected as Top 25 of Basic Science Abstracts chosen from 3,508 Abstracts EULAR
2009 Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Dep. of Paediatrics, VUmc Amsterdam
2002 Resident Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Dep. of Paediatrics,
Deventer Hospitals, NL