Managing board

Matthijs Botman, MD

General director

Job title
Plastic surgeon and global health doctor
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
Board member NSIS

Matthijs Botman studied Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and had his first international medical experiences during internships in Peru (pediatrics) and Malawi (surgical training of clinical officers). He specialized as a global health doctor following the unique Dutch postgraduate training program in global health and tropical medicine. He worked asmedical officer in charge in Pokola, Republic of Congo and at the surgery department of Haydom Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania. Back in the Netherlands he started his general surgery residency in 2011 but choose to finish his surgical specialization in plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery. This field of surgery was often very much needed where he had been working in low resources settings.

His current activities in global health include leading the campaign Into the World to raise awareness for the work of global health doctors from the Netherlands. He advocates for global surgery as board member of the Netherlands Society of International Surgery (NSIS) and is representative of the NSIS in the G4 Alliance. Matthijs is a lecturer in global surgery in Amsterdam and Leiden. Twice a year, he conducts surgical trainings missions in Tanzania with Doctors of the World focused on burn care.

Jurre van Kesteren, MD


Job title
Resident general surgery VUmc
Global health specialist
Board member NSIS

Jurre holds a bachelor degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Amsterdam and is a
Medicine alumni of Leiden University, The Netherlands. After obtaining his MD degree he specialized
in Global Health and Tropical Medicine at the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute. From 2014 – 2016 he
was deployed by the NGO Masanga Denmark as the medical officer in charge at Masanga Hospital,
Sierra Leone. Here he provided hands on clinical work, lead the hospital management group, trained
within a task-sharing surgical training program (CapaCare) and lead the Masanga Ebola response
during the 2014-2016 West African outbreak. Currently he is a third year resident general surgery at
VU university medical center. His global surgery initiatives lead to a board position within the
Netherlands Society of International Surgery and directing the surgical division of Global Surgery
Amsterdam. Furthermore, together with colleagues from Norway and Sweden he is currently setting
up a research project to evaluate the use of video learning in a surgical training program in Sierra