Dr. Joost Bierens, MD, PhD MCDM, MCPM, was trained as anesthesiologist in Leiden (NL) and emergency physician in Leuven (Belgium). After he completed these trainings, he worked as anesthesiologist and Intensive Care physician (Venlo, NL) and head of the department of Intensive Care and Hyperbaric Medicine (Antwerp, B). From 2002 – 2010 he was the first professor in Emergency Medicine in the Netherland at the VU university medical centre in Amsterdam. In this position he completed several studies in the field of prehospital medical care, disaster medicine, resuscitation, drowning, accidental hypothermia and education. He also holds the title of Master in Crisis and Public Management. He has published some 50 articles and about the same number of book chapters on these topics, was the (co) editor of 14 books and the coordinator editor of Drowning.

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