Jeanine (J.A.M.C.F.) Verbunt


Personal statement:

Jeanine Verbunt is a consultant in rehabilitation medicine, movement scientist en epidemiologist.

In addition to her research activities, Jeanine Verbunt works in Adelante, location Maastricht University Medical Center, as a consultant of rehabilitation medicine. In clinical practice, she is specialised in rehabilitation treatment of patients with chronic pain syndromes, with a special focus on adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Since 2013, she is a professor in rehabilitation medicine. Her chair is entitled: Clinical Epidemiology in rehabilitation medicine, with a focus on chronic pain.  



  • Academic education
  • 1987–1991: Health Sciences, speciality: Movement sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Nijmegen (graduation in 1991)
  • 1991--1996: Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen; Nijmegen (graduation in 1996)  
  • 1997: Registration as an Epidemiologist (Vereniging Epidemiologie Nederland)
  • 1996–2003: AGIKO-traineeship rehabilitation medicine                                                                              
  • 1 March 2003: End of traineeship (medical specialization) for rehabilitation medicine: Graduation
  • 12/1/2004:  Defense PhD thesis: Disuse and physical deconditoning in chronic low back pain        Promotor: Prof. dr. A. Knottnerus Prof.dr. J. Vlaeyen Copromotor: Dr. G. v.d. Heijden


  • Experience abroad (traineeship/visiting fellowship)
  • 2010: Visiting fellowship Liberty Mutual Research Center Hopkinton, USA./Harvard University Boston USA.
  • 1992: Traineeship University Semarang, Indonesia (research traineeship during medical study. Project in cooperation with KUN, Nijmegen and Semarang University, Semarang Indonesia).                                    


  • Courses in teaching
  • 2013: BKO: Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs


  • Courses in management
  • 2016:           Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers. Oct 2-14 2016       Harvard University; School of Public Health; Boston, U.S.A. (20 dagdelen)
  • 2013-2014: Avicenna cursus leiderschap (1 jaar)
  • 10-12/2009: “Leidinggeven aan professionals” training GITP (6 dagdelen)
  • 2008: Projectleider complexe projecten Cursus Universiteit Maastricht           
rehabilitation medicine, movement sciences, epidemiology


Current position

  • Professor in rehabilitation medicine and chair of the department rehabilitation medicine Maastricht University         
  • Scientific manager Center of Expertise in rehabilitation and audiology, Adelante Hoensbroek
  • Consultant in rehabilitation Medicine Adelante, positioned at department MUMC Maastricht


Former positions:

  • Research
  • 2004-2016: Research coordinator Adelante Zorggroep 
  • 2010-2013: Associate professor Department of rehabilitation medicine, FHML, Maastricht University, Maastricht 
  • 2007-2009: Researcher at the department of General Practice, FHML, Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences (FHML), Maastricht University, Maastricht (honorary position) 
  • 2006 ongoing: Member of Editorial board European Journal of Pain 
  • 2005-2006: ZON MW Clinical Fellowship



  • Academic teaching
  • 2011-2016: Blok-coordinator keuzeblok revalidatiegeneeskunde GEN 2612
  • 2012-2015: Coordinator educational activities FHML in rehabilitation medicine (department rehabilitation medicine UM + MUMC + Adelante)
  • 2008-ongoing: Coordinator WESP traineeships rehabilitation medicine 
  • 2004-ongoing: lecturing en teaching research activities  and supervision of medical students during internship in rehabilitation medicine


  • Postdoctoral teaching
  • 2016: Chair of organizing committee “Chronische pijn revalidate” Post doctoral National course for trainees in rehabilitation medicine
  • 2006-ongoing: Organization of BIJZONDER (Bijeenkomsten Zorg en Onderzoek in de Revalidatie): Two monthly meetings for rehabilitation professionals (physicians and therapists in the province of Limburg) Main aim: Implementation of evidence based knowledge in the field of rehabilitation medicine (development and coordination).
  • 2008: ongoing Supervision of trainees in rehabilitation medicine during patient care activities in MUMC as part of the staff
  • 2006-2008: Coordination of the National Course (VRA-SGO) on Rehabilitation Research. One of the tasks was a redesign of the curriculum (development and coordination).
  • 2005:-ongoing Supervision of trainees in rehabilitation medicine during their research-project (as a part of their traineeship for medical specialist).
  • 2004-ongoing: supervision of PhD candidates during their PhD traineeship
  • 2001-2002: Chair of the national board of AGIKO’s in rehabilitation medicine (coordination)


  • Teaching award
  • 2012: Awarded with the Supervisor Award of Research School CAPHRI


  • Patientcare
  • 2007-2015 Consultant in rehabilitation medicine MUMC Maastricht
  • 2003-2007: Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine Rehabilitation, Laurentiusziekenhuis, Roermond


  • Management
  • 2008-2011: Chair of the Medical Board of Rehabilitation Specialists SRL/Adelante
  • 2005 ongoing: Projectleader of researchprojects, including several multicenter trials  
  • 2008: Design and development of a network-organisation: Knowledge Network Rehabilitation Limburg.


  • Committees
  • 2015-ongoing Member of the Scientific committee of the VRA (Vereniging Revalidatieartsen). Member of the organising committee of the annual international congresses of the VRA.
  • 2014-2015: Member of the committee for the national guideline "Pijn bij Kanker". Representive for VRA.  
  • 2014–ongoing: Member of the board Dutch Pain Society Representive for rehabilitation medicine
  • 2010: Member of the Organising Committee of the third Satellite Symposium Pain, Mind and Movement for the World Congress on Pain (IASP), Montreal, Canada,
  • 2009-ongoing: Chair of national interest group of rehabilitation-professionals with expertise on treatment of children with chronic pain or fatigue
  • 2008-2009: Member of advisory board development of  'CQ-index Rughernia' 
  • 2007-2008: Member of national workgroup development of CBO guideline Lumbar Radicular Syndrome. Representive for VRA Vereniging Revalidatieartsen
  • 2006-2010: Member of “Medisch Ethische ToetsingsCommissie SRL/iRv Hoensbroek


CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute (Full professor)
Clinical epidemiology in rehabilitation medicine, with a focus on chronic pain
Work for third parties:
I am employed by Adelante zorggroep and positioned at Maastricht University.