Eduard Verhagen

University Medical Center Groningen


Eduard Verhagen, is a pediatrician at the University Medical Center Groningen (Netherlands). Dr Verhagen worked for 5 years in Curaçao (Caribbean) before he came to Groningen to work as the clinical director of the Beatrix Children’s Hospital/UMCG, where he is now a professor of pediatrics and the Department Chair.

He received his MD and JD from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and completed his pediatric specialty training in Amsterdam. His PhD thesis (University of Groningen) was on neonatal end-of-life decisions in Dutch NICU’s. He has written numerous scientific papers about ethical decision-making and end-of-life care and he was one of the authors of the ‘Groningen Protocol’ for newborn euthanasia. He leads several national research and palliative care initiatives and functions as a member and chair of several national and governmental medical-ethical and legal advice councils.