David C. van der Zee MD., PhD., has been a pediatric surgeon since 1991. He has been involved in minimal invasive surgery in children and neonates as of the late 1980-ies and has published over 150 peer reviewed papers, many of them on endoscopic surgery.
Education in endoscopic surgery has always been an important issue in his career.
He is involved in education and training in IPEG, EAES, the Dutch Society of Endoscopic Surgery and his University Hospital. He has been Chief of the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Utrecht since 2006 and has been appointed Professor in Pediatric Surgery in 2009.
The Department is an (inter-)national recognized Centre of Expertise for Esophageal Atresia.
He gave Keynote Lectures at JSES in Japan, at ELSA in Taiwan and in Buenos Aires in Argentina. He gave lectures and hand-on courses all around the world including Hawaii, Bali, Singapore, Myanmar, Buenos Aires, Sydney and Beijing.
He currently is editor in several international journals and is President of IPEG.