Erik Baars

Foto van Erik Baars, medewerker Antroposofische Gezondheidszorg

Medical doctor and epidemiologist Dr. Erik Baars has worked in anthroposophic healthcare for more that fifteen years and is a senior healthcare researcher at the Louis Bolk Instituut. Since 2007 he has been a professor of Anthroposophic Healthcare at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden. Erik Baars has more than 200 publications to his name.  


The shift in society, science and healthcare towards health promotion, individually oriented work, personal control and a more system-oriented approach harmonises well with anthroposophic healthcare

Erik Baars

Erik Baars worked on a variety of research projects. Together with Prof. Peter Kooreman he received the "Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award" (category 'clinical research') from the European Society of Integrative Medicine. This was awarded for the article 'Patients whose GP knows complementary medicine tend to have lower costs and live longer' that appeared in the European Journal of Health Economics (Kooreman & Baars, 2011). He is also an editorial board member for the scientific journals Healthcare and Medicines.

Work experience

2011 - present: Scientific co-director of ESCAMP  
2007 - present: Professor of Anthroposophic Healthcare, University of Applied Sciences Leiden  
2000 - present: Senior researcher in Healthcare, Health & Nutrition Department, Louis Bolk Instituut  
2000 - 2007: Department head/section leader, Healthcare & Nutrition Department, Louis Bolk Instituut  
1997 - 2002: Coordinator and researcher, Cats-Polm Instituut (research institute in the field of chronic traumatization)  
1994 - 2000: Researcher and coordinator, Stichting Antroposofisch Medisch Onderzoek [Foundation Anthroposophic Medical Research] 
1993 - 2007: Medical Doctor, Bernard Lievegoed Kliniek (anthroposophic psychiatric hospital)  
1991 - 1993: Medical Doctor, Internal Medicine, Willem Zeylmans van Emmichovenkliniek 


2011: PhD thesis: 'Health Promotion' (University of Wageningen)  
2001: MSc Epidemiology (Free University, Amsterdam)  
1991: Medicine (University of Amsterdam)