4 November 2020

On 27 October, Ronald de Groot, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, received the message that 'it has pleased His Majesty the King ....'. He received this message 'remotely' during the opening ceremony of the online congress of the 'European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID)'. A special moment, because this year it was organized from Rotterdam. Throughout his career, Professor De Groot has made a very important contribution to the Society. During the opening ceremony, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Hugo de Jonge, spoke the legendary words that belong to a royal decoration.

From his appointment in 2005 until his retirement in 2013, Ronald de Groot has made a major contribution to the development and transfer of knowledge in paediatrics as head of the Department of Paediatrics and in numerous other administrative and advisory positions.

Infectious diseases on the map

Professor De Groot is known as a passionate and dedicated colleague who has put infectious diseases on the map within paediatrics. With his broad scientific view he was able to develop the knowledge of fundamental and clinical aspects of diseases such as sepsis and meningitis to a great extent. Through numerous publications and lectures he shared his knowledge with others.

Example for many

He guided more than forty young people to a successful PhD. He was also a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands and advised the RIVM. On an international level he held important positions such as president of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. In addition, as a very accessible and knowledgeable paediatrician, he was an example to many.

We congratulate Ronald de Groot with his decoration as Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

The actual presentation of the award is planned for 2021 if the coronavirus situation allows it.


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