My name is Pieter Kubben and I work as a neurosurgeon at Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands. I actively participate in research lines on adaptive deep brain stimulation and brain computer interfacing (i.e. invasive neurotechnology). During my medical education I started developing websites and later, during residency, started developing mobile apps – of which one, called NeuroMind, has become the #1 app in neurosurgery worldwide.
I enjoy crossing bridges from the clinical / neuro domain towards other domains, trying to add value that way. Besides information technology a personally new domain is comics, which I’ve always enjoyed as a kid and now seems a good moment for a second wave, so to speak. Triggered by concepts as “visual abstracts” by Andrew Ibrahim and colleagues, as well as a sort of hybrid pencasts, I started using Procreate on iPad Pro (digital… what else 😉) to experiment with social media as @neurexplain (see NeurExplain.com for more). Some examples of my work are above and below.
With the slogan “explaining neurosurgery one picture at a time…” I use a sketchy sort of drawing style for knowledge dissemination. Honestly, I am still experimenting, trying to find my own style and voice. I am participating in a course on graphic journalism by Eva Hilhorst from Drawing The Times, and exploring the message from Neil Cohn’s Visual Language lab. I would sincerely appreciate any sort of feedback from the graphic medicine community, whether on social media or by email.