Dr. Heleen van Ommen
Heleen van Ommen, MD, PhD is associate professor of pediatric hematology and head of the department of pediatric hematology-oncology of the Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She graduated in medicine at the University of Leiden and completed her pediatrics training and clinical fellowship pediatric hematology at Emma Children’s Hospital AMC in Amsterdam. Her PhD thesis was on epidemiology, risk factors and outcome of venous thromboembolism in childhood. After a research fellowship in hemostasis and thrombosis in the Henderson Research Centre in Hamilton, Canada, she joined the pediatric hematology department of the Emma Children’s Hospital AMC in 2004, and moved to Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital in 2015.
Her research focuses on pediatric thrombosis and hemostatic complications in pediatric ECMO patients. She is founder and chair of the International Pediatric Thrombosis Network (IPTN), and former co-chair of the Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) (Pediatric/Neonatal Hemostasis and Thrombosis) of International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. She co-authored the ASH guideline for treatment of pediatric thrombosis in 2018. In addition, she is member of the SSC Task Force for pediatric anticoagulant development and consultant and PI of several pediatric clinical studies of new anticoagulant drugs.