dr. Fred van der Meer (1962 BIG number 19043843601) studied medicine in Utrecht and after his studies worked as a resident in surgery and orthopedics in the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort and the Central Military Hospital in Utrecht. In 2001 he completed his training as a rehabilitation doctor at the Rehabilitation Center in Hoensbroek. Since 2001 he has been working as a colonel rehabilitation physician at the Military Rehabilitation Center Aardenburg in Doorn.
As a rehabilitation physician, he is intensively involved in the rehabilitation of people with orthopedic and traumatological problems, including arm or leg amputations. During the Dutch military mission in Afghanistan, he and his rehabilitation team treated many young wounded soldiers. In the event of a leg amputation, he felt the deep desire of these soldiers to get back on their feet. This was no longer always possible with a prosthetic socket, for various reasons. In his search for other prosthetic options, he came into contact with the osseointegration technique in Lubeck, Germany, in 2009 with Dr. Aschoff. There he met another interested rehabilitation doctor from the Netherlands, Dr. van de Meent. Years later, together with Dr. Frölke, they joined forces to further develop and improve care for people with an amputation through osseointegration.