Software Developer | Author
Medical Doctor | PhD
As a dedicated MD and PhD with a passion for healthcare, I have spent the past several years pursuing research projects and publishing papers to advance the field. In addition to my medical background, I recently ventured into the healthtech industry in 2020 as a Python programming enthusiast while still working part-time in medicine. With my new skills, I secured a position as a medical knowledge translator at Ada Health in July 2021, and have since transitioned to working as an MD and software developer at Gericall. In my current role, I collaborate with our IT team to implement innovative IT solutions using React and C# to enhance the quality and efficiency of elderly care. As a healthcare provider, I understand the importance of technology in improving healthcare outcomes and delivery but recognize that it should never replace the human connection. My ultimate goal is to leverage technology to enhance healthcare, prioritizing the needs and well-being of those affected by disease above all else.
01 IT experience
Open source projects
User-friendly web app to calculate 24-hour basal insulin recommendations with the OpenAPS (Open Artificial Pancreas System) oref0 algorithm. It uses the Savitzky–Golay filter to smooth curves and can upload the recommendations directly to an insulin pump. The repo can be found over here.
Coding for Medicine
Open-source repository of educational exercises, which applies programming to medical problems, initiated by Chris Lovejoy. Each exercise is designed to function as a standalone project. As part of this series, I developed a tutorial titled 'Creating and querying an EHR database', which involves creating a dummy EHR database, searching it based on patient characteristics, and improving the clinical workflow of health professionals by using the Levenshtein distance algorithm.
A basic medical diagnosis registration application using Csharp, .NET, and Entity Framework that utilizes the basic medical SNOMED-CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine -- Clinical Terms). Additionally, Another version for the ICD (International Classification of Diseases)/ICPC(International Classification of Primary Care) nomenclature which features a React/Typescript front-end and a Python Flask API back-end.
02 Medical Experience
2022 - current
Medical Doctor Psychiatry
Started during the second covid wave by supporting the Covid department in the extramural psychiatric ward. During remission of the second wave transitioned to working in the psychosomatic unit.
Elderly medicine, emergency department and cardiology department
Worked in a variety of departments in intra-mural and extramural care.
Medical Knowledge Translator
Translation of English medical text of the Ada Health app to Dutch. The Dutch version was implemented by Quin in their health app to support primary care triage systems. Restarted the diabetes chatbot project that was initiated during a Ada hackathon. While working as a knowledge translator I also did shifts in different medical departments.
Medical doctor and researcher emergency medicine
Worked for a year in the ED as an MD where I initiated and led research on the experiences CPR-directive conversations among elderly patients. With a team of ED physicians, residents and nurses we conducted a mixed-methods study with an explanatory sequential design. Results were published in the Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine.
Medical doctor Intensive Care Unit
Worked in ICU and the Burn Centre. The Burn Centre at Maasstad Hospital is one of the three locations in the Netherlands where patients with burns and related skin conditions are treated. Published a case report about deodorant-inhalation as a fatal form of drug abuse in a young patient. This report was republished by CNN, Independer, FOX news, Volkskrant and RTL nieuws.
Academic Hospital Paramaribo
Medical doctor and researcher surgery
Initiated Bonyo study with the goal to evaluate the congruence between the microbiological results of bone swabs and bone samples in diabetic patients with osteomyelitis. The results were complicated into a hospital protocol for the diagnostics and treatments of osteomyelitis. Also published a case report about a penis skin infection after self-implantation of an artificial penile nodules.
Medical Centre Leeuwarden
After the achievement of proficiency criteria in laparoscopic skills training outside the OR, trainees commence their learning experience in the OR supervised by a consultant surgeon who guides them through the procedure. My thesis focused on the enhancement of these educational efforts by improving: 1) assessment of candidates for medical specialities that require laparoscopic surgery, 2) procedural laparoscopy training in the OR and 3) post-operative procedure-specific performance feedback and assessment.