The Beatrixoord Noord-Nederland Prize is a biennial award for a person or institution that has made an important contribution in the field of rehabilitation from tuberculosis
Translated by Lena Kilina
Pulmonologist (Respiratory Physician) Onno Akkerman received the Prize ‘because he combines top clinical care, rehabilitation, education and research in a very good way,’ as Dagblad van het Noorden quotes the jury.
The prize of the Beatrixoord Foundation consists of a certificate and 10,000 euros. Akkerman was awarded the prize ‘because he combines top clinical care, rehabilitation, education and research in a very good way.’ According to the jury, Akkerman knows how to bridge the gap between his tuberculosis department at UMCG Beatrixoord and rehabilitation in a broader sense. ‘This applies to both his highly-valued research and practical patient care.’
Together with rehabilitation doctors, Akkerman did a study on paraplegia due to tuberculosis. Besides this, the pulmonologist is a regular speaker at international symposia. ‘As a result, he has developed into a true ambassador for UMCG Beatrixoord, both locally, nationally and internationally.’
The pulmonologist has been working at the UMCG Beatrixoord since 2011. He obtained his PhD in 2015 about the serious consequences of airway deformation as a result of tuberculosis.