Prof Jan Van Der Meulen

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (HCC)

United Kingdom

Jan van der Meulen is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He studied medicine and completed a PhD in medical physics in 1989. He has worked as a clinical epidemiologist first in the Netherlands and since 1998 in the UK (MRC Unit Southampton 1998 – 2000; LSHTM 2000 – present).

He was Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit, the academic collaboration between the LSHTM and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, between 2001 and 2011 and Honorary Director of the Office for Research and Clinical Audit, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists between 2006 and 2014. He was Head of the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, LSHTM, between 2011 and 2014. He chaired the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Funding Committee for the London Region between 2011 and 2014.

He is Chair of the Project Teams of the National Prostate Cancer Audit and the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit and senior methodologist for the National Bowel Cancer Audit.

His main fields of interest are the application of epidemiological, statistical, and decision-analytical techniques to study effectiveness and quality of care in the areas of surgery, cancer, obstetrics and gynaecology, using electronic health records. He is included as an epidemiologist in the GMC Specialist Register since 2002 and is a Fellow of the FPH, the RCOG and the RCS.

Current grants and contracts

Value of current research grants as PI, Co-PI or Co-I is £6,300,000 (£3,850,000 as PI or Co-P). Value of current NHS national audit contracts £4,750,000.


h-index: 73, since 2016: 50. i10-index: 249, since 2016: 178

Published in Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, J Clin Oncol, PLoS Medicine since 2010.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I am involved in the Public Health MSc. I am the organiser of the Proposal Development module. I also contribute to the Basic Epidemiology and Reviewing the Literature modules. In addition, I organise courses on critical appraisal of the literature and statistics for The Royal College Surgeons of England.


The central theme of my research is the study of determinants of variation in processes and outcomes of surgical care ("epidemiology of the quality of surgical care"). I am involved in a number of national studies of surgical practice and outcome that are run by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I do similar work within obstetrics and gynaecology in collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Other topics of my research include methods for case-mix adjustment, continuous monitoring of outcomes, the usefulness of routine databases for clinical audit as well as clinical and cost effectiveness of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Previous work looked at the effect of the fetal environment on the development of disease later in life.

Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical databases
Electronic health records
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Health services
Health services research
Perinatal health
Quality improvement
Statistical methods
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic diseases
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Association of Quality and Technology With Patient Mobility for Colorectal Cancer Surgery.
AGGARWAL, A; HAN, L; Boyle, J; Lewis, D; Kuyruba, A; Braun, M; WALKER, K; Fearnhead, N; Sullivan, R; VAN DER MEULEN, J;
JAMA surgery
"Shopping around" for treatment is not a solution to cancer backlog.
AGGARWAL, A; Walter, FM; Sullivan, R; VAN DER MEULEN, J;
Severity of Dementia and Survival in Patients Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer: A National Cohort Study in England and Wales.
Kuryba, AJ; Boyle, JM; VAN DER MEULEN, J; AGGARWAL, A; WALKER, K; Fearnhead, NS; Braun, MS;
Clinical oncology
Health service planning to assess the expected impact of centralising specialist cancer services on travel times, equity, and outcomes: a national population-based modelling study.
AGGARWAL, A; HAN, L; Van der Geest, S; Lewis, D; Lievens, Y; Borras, J; Jayne, D; Sullivan, R; Varkevisser, M; VAN DER MEULEN, J;
The Lancet Oncology
Linkage of multiple electronic health record datasets using a 'spine linkage' approach compared with all 'pairwise linkages'.
International Journal of Epidemiology
Use of induction of labour and emergency caesarean section and perinatal outcomes in English maternity services: a national hospital-level study.
GUROL-URGANCI, I; JARDINE, J; Carroll, F; Frémeaux, A; Muller, P; Relph, S; Waite, L; Webster, K; Oddie, S; Hawdon, J; Harris, T; Khalil, A; VAN DER MEULEN, J; National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Project Tea,;
BJOG : An international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Range and Frequency of Congenital Malformations Among Children With Cleft Lip and/or Palate.
Fitzsimons, KJ; Hamilton, MJ; VAN DER MEULEN, J; Medina, J; Wahedally, M; PARK, MH; Russell, C;
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Are syntheticmesh mid-urethral slings (MUS) for treatment of stress urinary incontinence a risk factor for autoimmune diseases?
Muller, P; GUROL-URGANCI, I; Thakar, R; VAN DER MEULEN, J; Jha, S;
Development and validation of a coding framework to identify severe acute toxicity from systemic anti-cancer therapy using hospital administrative data.
Boyle, JM; COWLING, TE; Kuryba, A; Fearnhead, NS; VAN DER MEULEN, J; Braun, MS; WALKER, K; AGGARWAL, A;
Cancer Epidemiology
Obstetric interventions and pregnancy outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: A nationwide cohort study.
GUROL-URGANCI, I; Waite, L; Webster, K; JARDINE, J; Carroll, F; Dunn, G; Frémeaux, A; Harris, T; Hawdon, J; MULLER, P; VAN DER MEULEN, J; Khalil, A;
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