University Medical Centre Utrecht

Patient care, research and education are our three mainstays

With approximately 12,000 employees, the University Medical Center Utrecht is one of the largest public health care institutions in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the region.

At the UMC Utrecht, we focus on health; every day. In our view, all those who need our medical care are unique individuals with their own wants, needs, and preferences. We work together with patients to attain their maximum health. With patient satisfaction as a prerequisite, patients can be assured of our outstanding medical quality and safety. We aim to conduct exceptional research on the international stage, which we then quickly translate into our own patient care and towards patient care elsewhere so that our care manifestly produces the best possible results.

Our joint mission is to improve people’s health and create the health care of the future. For this we focus on three core tasks:

Patient care

We offer patients effective quality care according to the most recent insights, and in line with our care profile. This involves health care that is our statutory task, such as level 1 trauma care and expertise centers, care within our six focal points, and complex care (e.g. multi-specialists or multi-diagnostics). Our viewpoint is that a patient should get the treatment that is best for them. Our patients have a management role in their own treatment and experience of our people-centric commitment.


We perform scientific research, with close links between our fundamental research and more applicable clinical profiles. Our research focuses on six multi-disciplinary programs (focal points), which also included care, in order to establish the health care of the future. In this way, we ensure that new discoveries and knowledge can be applied fast to the benefit of patients and citizens. An important point of departure for our research is questions from our patients and society.


We provide education to our students and (bio)medical visitors, and other healthcare workers. In this way, we train top professionals who contribute to knowledge development in and for health care; for the health care of today and tomorrow. Our students and patients are involved in the development of our education. We offer deployment possibilities and a climate of constant renewal.

Our accommodation

UMC Utrecht was built over thirty years ago. Since then, developments in health care, education, research, and technology have been moving fast. Our physical environment, the Utrecht Science Park, has also changed significantly. Given the future, adjustments to our building and our environment have become essential. We are therefore building the hospital of the future: a place that brings together the best care for our patients, a pleasant work environment for our staff, and an optimum training climate for our students. Topics like sustainability, effectiveness, and flexibility are of course high on the agenda.

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Emma Paes

Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cleft Surgeon

Emma C. Paes (1984, Mainz, Germany) started to study medicine at the University of Utrecht in 2002. Her interest in plastic surgery developed primarily by her proceedings in the anatomy department during her study. This is also where she conducted her first scientific work, by performing cadaver dissections to investigate the anatomic features of the internal mammary artery perforator flap. Awaiting the start of her training in plastic surgery in 2012, Emma chose to work as a junior teacher in head and neck anatomy, under the auspices of professor Ronald Bleys. In 2015 she defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “progress toward understanding infants with Robin sequence”. Since 2017 she works as a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon at the University Medical Centre and Princess Máxima Center, Utrecht. She is involved in post-oncologic (pediatric) reconstructions, microtia and facial nerve reconstructions, and the treatment of pediatric vascular anomalies. Since 2021 she also participates in the Cleft Team of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital. She currently supervises various research projects in cleft care. Special interest goes out for infants with the Robin sequence.

Meet the Faculty of the Cleft Course