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H.F. Lingsma PhD
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Hester Floor Lingsma was born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, on the 11th of October 1982. After finishing secondary school at the Alkwin Kollege in Uithoorn in 2002, she started studying Policy and Management in Health Care at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, she started studying History at the University Leiden in 2003 and finished the first year (‘propedeuse’) in 2005. She also obtained her BSc in Policy and Management in Health Care in 2005 and started a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, specialization Health Services Research, at the Netherlands institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). She obtained her MSc degree in 2007 with a thesis on the relation between processes of care and patient outcome after stroke, under supervision of dr. Wilma Scholte op Reimer (Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam) and dr. Diederik Dippel (Department of Neurology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam). 

In July 2007 she started a PhD project at the Department of Public Health of the Erasmus MC under supervision of prof. dr. Ewout Steyerberg, which resulted in a cum laude PhD in November 2010. The thesis was entitled "Measuring quality of care: Methods and applications to acute neurological diseases". 

With funding from two personal fellowships she could continue her work on methods to measure and evaluate quality of care. 

This has resulted in a research line "Methods for Quality of care and outcomes research", embedded in the Academic Centre for Quality of Care of which she is a co leading investigator. Within this research line, the development and application of methods to measure quality of care is being worked on, and the outcomes between hospitals are being compared. 
Next to this, Hester is in close collaboration with clinical researchers on her second research line, named "Optimal treatment for acute neurological diseases". They work on optimizing treatment for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), neuromuscular diseases and neurovascular diseases.

Now, Hester is principal investigator in the Erasmus MC Stroke center and collaborator in the Academic Center of Neuroinflammation. Since January 2017 she is leading the research group of Medical Decision Making within the department of Public Health.