Our team

The General Board runs the office day-to-day and is managed by the Board of Directors. Every month the Board of Directors meet the General Board to ensure that Global Surgery Amsterdam (GSA) continues to operate well and is achieving its objectives.

Chair

Claire van Hövell tot Westerflier, MD

Chair

Claire partially grew up in LMICs, where she learned about inequalities in health at a young age. After starting medicine at the University of Utrecht…

Secretary

Zavira Heinze, MD

Secretary

Zavira, originally from Aruba, is currently working as a doctor in the United Kingdom. She picked up interest in is active in global health as a medic…

Treasurer

Thom Hendriks, MD

Treasurer

Since his medical studies, Thom has had interest in Global Surgery. He has been involved in several activities in this area, such as organizing the sy…

Board Member

Louise de Haas, MD

Board Member

Louise just finished medical school at Utrecht University and started working as a medical doctor in surgical department. Since her internships in Tan…

General Director

Matthijs Botman, MD

General Director

Matthijs Botman studied Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and had his first international medical experiences during internships in Peru (pediat…

Program Director

Jurre van Kesteren, MD

Program Director

Jurre holds a bachelor degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Amsterdam and is a Medicine alumni of Leiden University, The Netherlands. …

Henri Winters, MD

A training in general and plastic surgery, led to his current position of as plastic surgery consultant at the VU University medical center Amsterdam.…

Jaap Bonjer, MD, PhD

Jaap Bonjer is a general surgeon and head of the department of general surgery at Amsterdam University Medical Center – Location VUmc. His main focus …

Frank Poen, MD

I have a medical background and a vast experience in management of health organisations, hospitals and development of health infrastructure. I have an…

Mark-Bram Bouman, MD, PhD

Mark-Bram Bouman performs gender surgery on a regular base since 2003. He is very experienced in performing mastectomy for transgender. He has perform…

Emanuel Nuwass, MD

Dr. Nuwass is a consultant in general surgery at Haydom Lutheran Hospital and is the managing medical director of the hospital. He is involved in the …

Paschal Mdoe, MD

Dr. Mdoe is a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology and is the research manager at Haydom Lutheran Hospital. He is involved in the burn research at…

Jan Maerten Smit, MD

After a psychology degree and Medical School at Utrecht University, Jan Maerten did a plastic surgery training at the Erasmus University MC in Rotterd…

Peter Don Griot, MD

A training in general and plastic surgery, led to his current position as a plastic surgery consultant at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. …

Paul van Zuijlen, MD

Paul van Zuijlen is plastic surgeon and director of the Burn Center of the Red Cross Hospital, Beverwijk, The Netherlands. He is Endowed Professor for…

Vincent de Jong, MD

Before traveling south amerika for 1 year Vincent has been trauma surgeon and interim head of department at the Amsterdam UMC. Since his medical train…

Schelto Kruijff, MD, PhD

He is the lead on a thyroid cancer research project, chair of the Surgical Oncology Summer School, holds a board position at the Dutch Society for Sur…

Content Creator & Technical Support

Youri Poelemeijer, MD

Content Creator & Technical Support

During his medical study at the VU University Amsterdam, Youri developed an increasing interest in the dynamics of different healthcare systems worldw…

Researcher & Global Health Doctor, Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania

Anneloes Eleveld, MD

Researcher & Global Health Doctor, Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania

After obtaining her medical degree at Utrecht University, Anneloes specialized in Global Health and Tropical Medicine. Since the start of this residen…

Researcher & Emergency Medicine Resident, Netherlands

Fleurance Smit, MD

Researcher & Emergency Medicine Resident, Netherlands

Fleur, born in 1996, has been interested in surgery and tropical medicine from the start of her master's degree. That is why she joined GSA to orient …

Doctor & Local Researcher, Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania

Grayson Mtui, MD

Doctor & Local Researcher, Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania

Grayson Mtui is a registered medical doctor working in the internal medicine department at Haydom lutheran hospital. He also does research in access t…

Public Relations Coordinator

Louisa Spaans, MD

Public Relations Coordinator

Louisa Spaans (1994) has Dutch roots and grew up in Costa Rica (1996-2006) and in Ecuador (2006-2012). In 2012 Louisa moved to the Netherlands to stud…