"How to change the stream of the river", interview with Dr. Jan De Maeseneer

Saturday, 27 April 10:45

About Dr Dr. Jan De Maeseneer

Prof.em. Jan De Maeseneer is a family physician and worked in the interprofessional team of the Community Health Centre in Ledeberg – Ghent  (Belgium) from 1978-2017. He was HOD of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at Ghent University from 1991-2017 and vice-dean for Strategic Planning in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences  from 2009-2017. From 1997-2016, he was leading the Educational Committee for the medical curriculum, and was in charge of the fundamental reform of the undergraduate program.

He chaired European Forum for Primary Care from 2005-2017 and was Secretary-General of The Network: Towards Unity For Health from 2007-2015. From 1997-2018, he coordinated the Primafamed Network , that supports the family medicine training In 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Actually he is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Health Care – Ghent University since 2010. In 2019, he was elected as an International member of the National Academy of Medicine (Washington, USA).

Jan De Maeseneer was the chair of the Strategic Advisory Board for Welfare, Health and Family in  the Flemish Community (2009-2018) and also chaired the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, advising the European Commission (2013-2022). Nowadays, he is chairing the Health Council of the City of Ghent and since 2023, he is the chair of the Commission for Sustainable Higher Education in Flanders.

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