Curriculum Vitae

Rob van der Meer finished High School in 1974 he was contracted by the Royal Netherlands Army and became a medical student in the Free University in Amsterdam. After his (cum laude) graduation as a physician in 1981 he started his career as a medical officer in the Royal Netherlands Army.

In the years 1981 – 1991 he served in several positions in the 12th Armoured Brigade and the 1st Army Corps Logistic Command, his last position being Commander of 131st Heavy Surgical Field Hospital Company. In 1985 he attended a staff officers course at General Staff College. From 1987 – 1989 he was trained as a Public Health Doctor at the Institute for Social Health Care in Utrecht.

In 1991 he served as a staff officer in the Medical Policy Branch of the Surgeon General of the Army and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. There he participated in developing a new system of first aid for the Army and the implementation of the policy changes that resulted from the changing security situation and the fall of the Berlin Wall in particular. He was especially involved in setting up the system of connecting military qualifications for health workers to civil licenses and improving operational concepts, adapted to the new (humanitarian and peace-keeping) missions.

In 1996 he was appointed Chief of the Medical Policy Branch of the Surgeon General of the Army and promoted to colonel. He was involved in the reorganisation of the Corps Medical Service and supporting medical units. He participated in studies on future medical care for the Armed Forces, which resulted amongst others in the formation up of the Military Medical Services Agency. He was Army representative in several studies concerning that lead to the new provision of medical specialist care: reorganisations of the Central Military Hospital and of the organisation of field surgical teams.

In 2000 he was appointed project officer of the Implementation co-operation Defence and Partnership-Hospitals. He took care of contracting 12 partner hospitals and the resulting 14 surgical teams. In 2003 the project was finished and a new unit was formed, the Institute for co-operation of Defence and Partnership-Hospitals and he was appointed as the first commander.

In 2004 he was appointed Commander Health care Agency Group and was promoted to
brigadier-general. In 2007 he became the Surgeon General of the Netherlands Armed
Forces until 2013. In 2009 he was elected Chairman of COMEDS, the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO. He was deployed as Commander Netherlands Forces Afghanistan from November 2009 till March 2010.

He retired Feb 1st, 2013. He started a civil carreer with focus on advisory positions.

Brigadier-General Rob van der Meer was appointed by H.M. Queen Beatrix to be Knight in
the Order of Oranje-Nassau. He was also awarded the Honorary Medal of CIOMR (Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers).