Dr Daphne  Van Embden

I am a general trauma surgeon from Rotterdam in The Netherlands.  

I attended medical school and did my surgical training and PhD at the Leiden University Medical Center and The Hague Medical Centre (Haags Medisch Centrum). Currently, I work as a trauma fellow in both the orthopaedic trauma and the general surgical trauma services at the Royal London Hospital. In The Netherlands, the responsibilities of a trauma surgeon includes fracture surgery as well as general trauma surgery. So, we would do a laparotomy and fix the broken bones of a trauma patient.

Before I came to London, I have worked and studied in several countries. I did an AO-trauma fellowship at the UCSF San Francisco General Hospital (USA), performed research at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of Salamanca (Spain), and I have studied at the Karolinska Instituted in Stockholm (Sweden).

My research interests are:  hip fracture surgery (PhD ‘Facts and Fiction in Hip Fracture Surgery’) and pelvic fractures.

I have loved working at the Royal London Hospital, because of the great variety and large number of polytrauma patients with all sorts of injuries. My fellowship has given me the chance to work with great surgeons with large experience in the treatment of complex polytrauma patients.

From February 2018 I will be taking up a fellowship working as a trauma surgeon at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. 

I love operating trauma and I love talking about it almost as much! 

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