General Board

Claire van Hövell tot Westerflier

Chair

Job title

PhD candidate plastic & reconstructive surgery

Biography

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, she was determined to get involved in Global Surgery projects aside from the normal curriculum. Claire did internships in plastic surgery and burn care in Malawi and Tanzania, and joined a surgical ear reconstruction mission in Vietnam. She was a board member of the African Albino Foundation from 2015 to 2017. Claire recently co-founded the Dutch Working Group of InciSion, International Surgical Student Network.

Zavira Heinze

Secretary

Job title

Medical Doctor at King's College, London

Biography

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 medical student. She has experience in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, InciSioN Student Network and the Humans of Health. As she is determined to become a humanitarian plastic and reconstructive surgeon, her passion for global surgery comes natural.

Thom Hendriks

Treasurer

Job title

Resident general surgery HLH

Biography

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 symposium ‘surgery in low resource settings‘ in 2014. Thom has also been a working group member of the G4 Alliance, which advocates for improving access to basic surgical care for all people worldwide. Thom's activities and involvement have led to a position as board member of the Netherlands Society for International Surgery. After obtaining his MD degree, Thom specialized in Global Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam. Since 2017, he has been working as a surgical resident and researcher at Haydom Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania. In collaboration with the VU medical center Amsterdam and Haydom, Thom carries out and supervises a research project on reconstructive surgical missions in low income countries, with an emphasis on burn wound treatments.

Youri Poelemeijer

Graphic Designer & Content Creator

Job title

General Surgery Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

Biography

During his medical study at the VU University Amsterdam, Youri developed an increasing interest in the dynamics of different healthcare systems worldwide. During his surgical residency, in one of the largest level 1 trauma centers, he kept involved in scientific research and in 2016 he obtained a fulltime PhD position at Leiden University Medical Center. Evaluating quality of bariatric surgical care on a national and international level changed his point of view on individual patient care to a more public point of view in the way in which healthcare is organized worldwide. Therefore, he initiated the Value in Care Foundation to inspire, excite and connect (young) healthcare professionals in examining and understanding how the healthcare system is organized. In collaboration with the general board of GSA, Youri provides technical support for the website and other ICT platforms..