Prof. Geertjan Wesseling

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health

„I was excited to participate in Maastricht University’s involvement with EDU due to its unique founding principles, combining early exposure of students to real patients in a real hospital with modern educational concepts. With a highly qualified staff, enthusiastic students and support from respected hospitals, developing EDU into a successful medical school is a motivating endeavour that may well suit the needs for education of health professionals anywhere in the world.“

– Prof. Geertjan Wesseling on why he works for EDU

Key Qualifications

Professor of respiratory medicine 

Head, department of Respiratory Medicine 

Former board member of the Faculty of Medicine and of the staff board of the hospital 

Medical director of the MUMC+ Centre for chronic diseases 

37 years in clinical respiratory medicine, notably at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) and Maastricht University Medical Centre+.

Professional Background

1994 – 2001: Coordinator of clinical teaching

2012 – 2017: Coordinator International Master of Medicine 

2013 – 2017: Management team Medicine of the FHML

Tutor and several other educational roles in all years of the medical curriculum 

Long-time teacher in the Summer-course and in the PBL courses of the Faculty of Medicine 

Member of the blueprint new Curriculum Committee, the Assessment Committee and the current Curriculum Committee and chair of the advisory committee for internationalisation at FHML 

Chairman of the Maastricht University Supervisory Board of EDU 

Visiting professor for clinical teaching at numerous universities

Coordinator of several healthcare innovation projects (transmurale zorg) in Maastricht/Heuvelland 

Employment Record

1986 – present: Maastricht University Hospital, Dept of Respiratory Medicine + Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centre+ 

1984 – 1986: Dept of Internal Medicine, Ziekenhuis Mariastichting Haarlem, the Netherlands 

Academic Background

1984 MD (Free University of Amsterdam) 

1991 completed training in respiratory medicine (Maastricht) 

1993 PhD 

2001 Leadership development for academic health professionals, Harvard School of Public Health

2003 Leadership course, Maastricht University 

2008 Appointed Professor of Respiratory Medicine, in particular management of chronic obstructive lung diseases 

2019 Head of the department of Respiratory Medicine 

2021 Medical director of the MUMC+ centre for chronic diseases 


> 60 W1 peer-reviewed publications and > 50 other publications and book chapters


2011 – 2013: president of the Dutch Association of Respiratory Specialists (NVALT) 

2015 – 2020: board member LAN (Dutch Lung Alliance, treasurer) 


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