Who we are

the organising committee

Experts from the five different fields of plastic (hand) surgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery, rehabilitation medicine and hand therapy.
Dept. Plastic Surgery UMC Utrecht

Henk Coert is a plastic surgeon dedicated to the care hand, wrist and peripheral nerve problems. After his residency, he obtained an ACGME accredited add-on qualification in hand surgery at the NYU and Mount Sinai Medical Centers in New York City.
His current position is professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the UMC Utrecht.
He has served as president of the Netherlands Society for Surgery of the Hand and as Editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). Currently I am the Vice Secretary General of the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society and a member of the editorial board of three other peer reviewed journals. From 2018 until 2020 he will be part of the council of the American Society of Peripheral Nerve.
He has published around 90 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters. Besides his clinical work and research, he values teaching very much demonstrated by his involvement in numerous courses nationally and internationally.

ErasmusMC, Hand & Pols Revalidatie Nederland

Studied at the School for Physiotherapy Utrecht, the Netherlands. He worked for The Leprosy Mission International at the McKean Rehabilitation Center Chiangmai Thailand for 7 years. Since 1992 he worked at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands as a hand therapist. His Phd (2004) was on the strength measurements of the hand. His areas of professional interest are anatomy, biomechanics of the hand, dynamometry, outcome measurements and nerve injuries. Ton has (co-)authored over 50 articles and has been an invited speaker at national and international congresses and courses.

Erasmus MC – orthopedic surgery

Joost Colaris finished his doctoral degree in medicine at the university of Leuven and graduated cum laude at the University of Leiden. In 2010 he became an Orthopedic surgeon. Since then he is working at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam focused on elbow, wrist and hand pathology. After a training in hand and wrist surgery at the department of Plastic Surgery at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, he passed the FESSH examination (Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand) with a best diploma award in 2014. Thereby, Joost successfully defended his thesis ‘Forearm fractures in children’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2014. He published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently active in research and education of (post) traumatic disorders of the forearm and wrist. Thereby, he is board member of the association for Orthopedic hand surgeons. Furthermore he is member of the faculty of several courses focusing on hand and wrist surgery for both adults and children.

rehabilitation medicine
Plastic surgery resident at University Medical Center Utrecht.

Of special interest in this area is peripheral nerve entrapment, which may be treated surgically in selected patients. Previous research projects were all peripheral nerve related.

Story About US

All the Big Hand Event organizers have been involved in the development of hand surgery and hand therapy. Unique is that input will be given from the perspective of plastic (hand) surgery, orthopaedic surgery, trauma surgery, rehabilitation medicine and hand therapy.