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Paul  Merkus


Paul Merkus, ENT surgeon VUmc, senoir researcher APH

Since 2003, Paul Merkus (MD PhD), is staf member at the VU University Medical Center at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. In his profession he is combining Surgery, Science and Education. 

His surgical interest is in Otology and Skull Base and he has broad knowledge and experience in Otologic Imaging, Surgical rehabilitation of Hearing loss and Cochlear implantation. He has performed over 250 CI implantations. Scientificly, he is involved as co-promotor of the Ear & Hearing group in several ongoing PhD projects around Hearing, Implants and improving Otologic Quality of Care:

  • Implications for Cochlear implantation,
  • Development of an integrated ICF Intake for Otology and Audiology,
  • SHiEC (Supporting Hearing in Elderly Citizens)
  • Dutch Cholesteatoma Data, multicenter trial
  • Etiology of Hearing loss in Children
  • Development of the Otology Questionnaire Amsterdam

He has been a fellow at the Gruppo Otologico in Piacenza, Italy in 2009 and 2012. This collaboration resulted in several scientific papers and a surgical guideline and reference book  on Cochlear Implantation: "Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants" (2015, Thieme-Verlag). 

As teacher, he has been a faculty member in several courses, and has initiated and organized an annual European course in several cities aroud Europe: Otology Class for Young ENTs. Several educational projects were organized with the Ear & Hearing group, like three symposia on 'Hearing loss in Children' in NEMO, Amsterdam.

Since 2016 he is projectleader of a ZonMw granted national multicenter RCT with participation of 18 Dutch centers : Cost effectiveness of follow-up with diffusion-weighted MRI versus 2nd look surgery after primary cholesteatoma treatment. This project is in close collaboration with Erasmus MC.

In 2016 the Otology Questionnaire Amsterdam  (OQUA) was validated and incorperated in several clinics and scientific studies. Currently he is working to expand development and broader use of the OQUA.