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Dr. Willem Jacob Willems

Consultant Shoulder Surgeon

Former Chief of Orthopaedics Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orthopaedic Surgeon Shoulder and Elbow unit, De Lairesse Klinick, Amsterdam

Areas of Expertise: Shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis of the shoulder and elbow,

total shoulder replacement, elbow surgery

Years in Practice: 29 years

·                Experienced in arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery

Special interest in:
·                The development of newer techniques in the arthroscopic repair of shoulder instability and cuff pathology

·                Revision shoulder prosthesis surgery

Education & Training
·                Medicine – Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

·                Residency – Pathology, Amsterdam

·                Residency in General Surgery – Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Lukas Hospital, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

·                Course on Tropical Medicine – Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

·                Residency in General Surgery – Joh.de Deo Hospital, Haarlem, The Netherlands

·                Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery – University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Key Positions

Ø Medical Officer in Charge – Mwambani District Hospital, Chunya District, Tanzania

Ø Private practice – Medical Centre Alkmaar, Amsterdam

Ø Chief of the Orthopaedic Department – het Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam

Ø Orthopedic surgeon – Shoulder and Elbow unit, De Lairesse Kliniek, Amsterdam

Ø Authored around 80 abstracts/scientific articles and book chapters


Facts about Dr. Willems
Ø   Founded the Dutch Arthroscopy Association (DAA)

Ø   Founded the Foundation of Medical Arthroscopy and Endoscopy

Ø   Founded the Dutch Shoulder and Elbow Society

Ø   General Secretary Organising Committee, World Congress Societe Internationale

d’Orthopedie et Traumatologie, (SICOT), Amsterdam

Ø   Chairman of the Organising Committee of the SECEC/ESSSE Congress, The Hague, Netherlands

Ø   Chairman Education Committee of the SECEC/ESSSE

Ø   General Secretary of the SECEC/ESSSE

Ø   President of the SECEC/ESSSE (European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow)

Ø   Member of many other global associations

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