Pim van Lommel (born 1943) worked as a cardiologist at the Rijnstate Hospital from 1977 to 2003. He published several professional papers on cardiology. In 1986, he began studying near-death experiences in patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, Dr. van Lommel and others published their Dutch study in the reputable medical journal The Lancet. In addition, he has authored chapters in several books about near-death experiences and also published articles about the subject.
In 2007 he published in The Netherlands his book Endless Consciousness: a scientific approach to the near-death experience. This book was a bestseller: within one year over 100.000 books were sold in The Netherlands, and it was also nominated for ‘The Best Book of 2008′.