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Dr. Monique Steegers – Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands

"Improving peri-operative pain management demands ‘good’ pain assessment."


Dr. Monique Steegers
Anaesthesiologist for pain treatment
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Anesthesiology, Pain- and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Steegers is anesthesiologist, registered pain specialist and coordinator of the department of Pain and Palliative medicine and associate professor at the Radboud University medical centre. Additionally she is member of the executive board, and Consultant in Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the East of the Netherlands. She is registrar and responsible for the Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice examinations of the World Institute of Pain since 2015.

Her main research interests include:

  • acute pain and the organization of an acute pain service and quality indicators
  • pain chronification, particularly after surgery
  • chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain
  • multidimensional interdisciplinary pain diagnostics
  • pain and treatment outcome prediction for individualized pain management
  • treatment and prevention of chronic (postsurgical) pain
  • effective education

Clinical experience:

  • consultant acute pain management (head of the acute pain service), cancer pain and chronic pain
  • registered pain specialist in chronic pain, Fellow International Pain Practice (World Institute of Pain) and interventional pain techniques especially neuromodulation
  • consultant in anaesthesiology, day care anaesthesia and member of the independent donor procedure team

Management experience:

  • Coordinator pain and palliative care
  • Member of the executive board of the department (+/-150 employees)
  • Member of the executive board of the department of pain and palliative medicine
  • Organizer of the monthly meeting for regional multidiscipliniary consultations
  • Member of the national health safety management program: early recognition and treatment of pain

University teaching experience:

  • Associate Professor at the Radboud University
  • Junior Principal Lecture
  • Coordinator of undergraduate course on pain and pain management at Radboud University medical school
  • 14 years of teaching experience
  • Lecturer at the teach the teacher course for consultants
  • Contribution to local and national education boards for anesthesiology and pain care
  • Registrar FIPP
  • Contribution to x textbooks on pain
  • Published y articles related to her research interested