Profile of:

Floris Van Gaalen

Floris van Gaalen graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2000. In June 2005 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis entitled “Genes and Autoantibodies: Multiplexing Rheumatoid Arthritis” at the University of Leiden. For this thesis he received the 2004 Young Investigator Award from the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR). He completed his specialist training in internal medicine in 2009 and in rheumatology in 2010. Since January 2011 he has been a medical specialist at the Department of Rheumatology of the LUMC in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is the head of the Rheumatology department in the Alrijne hospitals and chairman of the scientific committee of the Department of Rheumatology of the LUMC. In his clinical work, he has a special interest in the treatment of patients with spondyloarthritis. He is the doctor of the Leiden SPondyloArthritis Caught Early (SPACE) clinic. Since 2015 he is the vice-chairman of the Spondyloarthritis workgroup of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Reumatologie (Dutch Society for Rheumatology). As an ASAS member he has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2019 and from 2021 onwards ASAS treasurer.

Full name: Floris Van Gaalen

Current country: Netherlands

Membership level: Full

Type of membership: EC

Number of publications: 5

Do Illness Perceptions and Coping Strategies Change Over Time in Patients Recently Diagnosed With Axial Spondyloarthritis? (2020)

5-year follow-up of spinal and sacroiliac MRI abnormalities in early axial spondyloarthritis: data from the DESIR cohort (2020)

Determinants of the physician global assessment of disease activity and influence of contextual factors in early axial spondyloarthritis (2020)


Determinants of the patient global assessment of well-being in early axial spondyloarthritis: 5-year longitudinal data from the DESIR cohort ()