Rob van der Meer
Brigadier General (ret.) Rob van der Meer is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Army for 38 years in various operational and staff positions. Among others he served as Company Commander of a Field Hospital, Medical Plans Officer at Army Corps HQ, Staff Officer for the Army Surgeon General and Commander Joint Health Forces. He was deployed to Afghanistan as Commander Netherlands Forces Afghanistan. He served from 2009 – 2012 as Chairman COMEDS (Committee of Chiefs of Medical Services in NATO), NATO’s most senior medical advisor. His final position was Surgeon General of The Netherlands Armed Forces.
General van der Meer is a graduate of the Free University Amsterdam and received his public health training in Utrecht.
He is the recipient of the medal of honour of the NATO International Reserve Medical Officers Association and has been knighted to Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He has a fellowship of the New Westminster College, Vancouver B.C.
Since his retirement from the Army (2013) he founded Meer Health and did some consultancy. Among others he works for Motek Medical, concerning Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) and chairs the yearly DiMiMed Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2015 he works as Physician Secretary to the Royal Medical Association in Utrecht. General van der Meer is a volunteer in the Dutch Red Cross and Board Member of the Regional Council The Hague of the Dutch Red Cross.