Professor Tom Huizinga is Head of the Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands. Having graduated from the University of Amsterdam Medical School in 1986, Professor Huizinga went on to write his thesis, Neutrophil Fc-gamma receptors (cum laude). Following this, he studied at Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, USA before returning to the Netherlands to train in internal medicine/rheumatology. This including 3 years spent at the Department of Rheumatology, Academic Hospital Leiden. Professor Huizinga qualified as an immunologist in 1991 and as a rheumatologist in 1997.
In 1997, Professor Huizinga took up the position of Rheumatologist at the Leiden University Hospital, becoming Associate Professor of Rheumatology at Leiden University in 1997 and Professor of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Centre in 2000. In 2006, Professor Huizinga became Head of the Department of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Centre.
Professor Huizinga was a member of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the American College of Rheumatology from 2000 to 2003, and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the EULAR from 2004 to 2007. In 2006, he was appointed as a member of the Henry Kunkel Society, New York. In 2005/6 he served a member of the “Verkenningscommissie Multifactoriele Aandoeningen in het Genomics Tijdperk” of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
Professor Huizinga has won various prizes throughout his academic career and has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers in the national and international literature. He is member of the editorial boards of Plos Medicine, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Current Rheumatology Reviews Genes and Immunity, International Journal of Advances in Rheumatology, Joint Bone Spine Revue du Rheumatism International Edition, Current Rheumatology Reviews, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.