Dr. Kees H. Polderman studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam, and trained as an internist and subsequently as an intensivist at the VU University Hospital in Amsterdam. He obtained the European diploma in intensive care medicine in 2000. His PhD thesis entitled Interactions of endocrine systems with cardiovascular significance was completed in 1993. He also holds the
ECFMG (U.S. medical licence) and a Bachelor Degree in Law. He worked as senior consultant in intensive care medicine at the department of intensive care at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and as research chair for the division of Intensive Care at the Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands before moving to the United States in August 2009 to work in the neurocritical care unit of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he remained for 9 years before moving back into general critical care as professor of intensive care medicine at the London/Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, United Kingdom. He also holds a position as clinical research director at the United General Hospital in Houston, United States.
He holds positions in various national and international societies and scientific committees and has been a speaker and faculty member at more than 500 national and international meetings. His current main lines of research are use of therapeutic hypothermia for neuroprotection and cardioprotection, neuromonitoring and hemodynamic monitoring in critically ill patients, hemodynamic and metabolic disorders in the ICU, quality of care assessment, monitoring and improvement in the ICU, and endocrinological dysfunction in critical illness. He has served as the lead clinical investigator for several multi-centered studies, and served as lead faculty and organiser of various meetings.