Jan Maerten Smit
After earning a psychology degree and completed medical school at Utrecht University, Jan Maerten did a plastic surgery training at the Erasmus University MC in Rotterdam. A fellowship in Australia, and three years as consultant in Rotterdam has led to his current position at VUmc in Amsterdam, focusing on microsurgical reconstructions of oncologic, gender and post-traumatic defects. In addition to patient-related activities, he is currently a member of the national plastic surgery education and specialist examination committee. He also represents the plastic surgery society in the Dutch Woundplatform, whose mission it is to improve wound care by creating and implementing a national quality standard. Jan Maerten is a regular member of the Bridge the Gap mission to Laos the past few years. A combined dentistry, maxillo-facial, and plastic surgery mission, focusing mainly on congenital and acquired head and neck problems and general oral medicine.