Beyond the scientist: Rob Baltussen

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Rob Baltussen, associate professor at the department for Health Evidence, Health economist and Coordinator international health at the Radboudumc.

Where and when were you born?

On a farm outside Rijkevoort, a village some 25 km south-east of Nijmegen. Very much in the middle of nowhere, so my like my traveling must all be compensation.

Where do you live and with whom?

In Hazenkamp, Nijmegen, with my wife Anneke and three children Lieke, Henna and Roel. Never a dull moment :).

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

Wickie de Viking.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

On my level, in my context, I actually try to do the same thing. Thinking outside the box and finding practical solutions.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

That I managed to combine my taste for adventure and travel with work.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

Solving the methodological puzzle of priority setting of health technologies. Plus having a direct impact on how countries organize their health care coverage decisions.

For what can we wake you up?

If it is not to celebrate Feyenoord’s championship, don’t wake me up. I can get quite annoyed.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Exploring the world. By trail running in and around Nijmegen, planning and enjoying holidays with my family, or traveling abroad for work.

What is your biggest irritation?

Forgotten passwords.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Dinner with friends. I recently had a burnout and my social life came to a halt. Am now recovered, and much like to catch up.


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