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List of notable or famous physicians from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top physicians born in the Netherlands and even some popular physicians who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch physicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physician from the Netherlands is included when available.

List features people like André Kuipers, Aletta Jacobs, and many more

This historic physicians from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch physicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicians from the Netherlands?" These prominent physicians of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch physicians.

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Abraham Capadose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Abraham Capadose Died at 79 (1795-1874) The Revd Dr Abraham Capadose or Capadoce was a Dutch physician and Calvinist writer. A Jewish convert to Christianity from 1822 onwards, he was part of the Dutch Réveil circle that also ...more

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Albert Burgh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Albert Burgh Died at 54 (1593-1647) Albert Coenraadsz. Burgh was a Dutch physician who was mayor of Amsterdam and a councillor in the Admiralty of Amsterdam.

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Aletta Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Aletta Jacobs Died at 75 (1854-1929) Aletta Henriëtte Jacobs, better known as Aletta Jacobs was the first woman to complete a university course in the Netherlands and the first female physician. She was born to a Jewish ...more

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André Kuipers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
André Kuipers age 59 André Kuipers is a Dutch physician and ESA astronaut. He became the second Dutch citizen, third Dutch-born and fifth Dutch-speaking astronaut upon launch of Soyuz TMA-4 on 19 April 2004. ...more

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Andy Hoepelman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Andy Hoepelman age 63 Ilja Mohandas "Andy" Hoepelman is a Dutch former Olympic water polo player and current medical professor. He won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as part of the ...more

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Arie de Jong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Arie de Jong Died at 92 (1865-1957) Arie de Jong was a Dutch enthusiast and reformer of the constructed language Volapük by Johann Martin Schleyer, with whose help the Volapük movement gained new strength in the ...more

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Henri Arnaut de Zwolle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Henri Arnaut de Zwolle Died at 66 (1400-1466) Henri Arnaut de Zwolle was employed as a physician, astronomer, astrologer, and organist to Philip the Good. He is best known for a treatise on musical instruments. Henri Arnaut apparently was ...more

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Benjamin Musaphia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Benjamin Musaphia Died at 69 (1606-1675) Benjamin ben Immanuel Musaphia, also called Benjamin Musaphia or Mussafia and Dionysius, was a Jewish doctor, scholar and kabbalist. Musaphia was probably born in Spain. He married Sara Abigail ...more

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Bernard Lievegoed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Bernard Lievegoed Died at 87 (1905-1992) Bernardus Cornelis Johannes Lievegoed was a Dutch medical doctor, psychiatrist and author. He is most famous for establishing a theory of organizational development. He founded the N.P.I., or ...more

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Bert Keizer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Bert Keizer age 71 Bert Keizer is a Dutch writer and physician. He studied philosophy in Nottingham from 1968, then medicine in Amsterdam from 1972 where he graduated from in 1981. Keizer then worked as a doctor ...more

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Caspar Barlaeus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Caspar Barlaeus Died at 64 (1584-1648) Caspar Barlaeus was a Dutch polymath and Renaissance humanist, a theologian, poet, and historian.

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Christiaan Eijkman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Christiaan Eijkman Died at 72 (1858-1930) Christiaan Eijkman was a Dutch physician and professor of physiology whose demonstration that beriberi is caused by poor diet led to the discovery of vitamins. Together with Sir Frederick ...more

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Clemens Maria Franz von Bönnin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Clemens Maria Franz von Bönninghausen Died at 79 (1785-1864) Clemens Maria Franz Freiherr von Bönninghausen was a lawyer, Dutch and Prussian civil servant, agriculturalist, botanist, physician and pioneer in the field of the homeopathy. He was ...more

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Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus K... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus Krayenhoff Died at 82 (1758-1840) Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus, Baron Krayenhoff was a physicist, artist, general, hydraulic engineer, cartographer and - against his will and for only a short time - Dutch Minister of War.

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Eduard Verhagen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Eduard Verhagen Eduard Verhagen is an attorney and the medical director of the department of pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen. He is mainly known for his involvement in infant euthanasia in ...more

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Els Borst is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Els Borst Died at 82 (1932-2014) Else "Els" Borst-Eilers was a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 party. She served as Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport from 22 August 1994 until 22 July 2002 in the Cabinets Kok ...more

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Franciscus Donders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Franciscus Donders Died at 71 (1818-1889) Franciscus Cornelis Donders was a Dutch ophthalmologist. During his career, he was a professor of physiology in Utrecht, and was internationally regarded as an authority on eye diseases, ...more

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Franciscus Sylvius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Franciscus Sylvius Died at 58 (1614-1672) Franciscus Sylvius, born Franz de le Boë, was a Dutch physician and scientist who was an early champion of Descartes', Van Helmont's and William Harvey's work and theories. He was one of ...more

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Fransje van der Waals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Fransje van der Waals age 68 Fransje van der Waals is a Dutch medical physician and founder of the non-profit organisation Health[e]Foundation.

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Gerard van Swieten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Gerard van Swieten Died at 72 (1700-1772) Gerard van Swieten was a Dutch-Austrian physician. Van Swieten was born in Leiden. He was a pupil of Herman Boerhaave and became in 1745 the personal physician of the Austrian Empress Maria ...more

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Gerbrand Bakker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Gerbrand Bakker Died at 57 (1771-1828) Gerbrand Bakker was an eminent Dutch physician, professor at the University of Groningen. He first studied medicine with M.S. du Pui, physician in Alkmaar. In 1788 he enrolled at the University ...more

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Gert Holstege is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Gert Holstege age 70 Gert Holstege is a neuroscientist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Holstege studied medicines at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1966 to 1971. He was neuroscientist at ...more

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Govert Bidloo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Govert Bidloo Died at 64 (1649-1713) Govert Bidloo or Govard Bidloo was a Dutch Golden Age physician, anatomist, poet and playwright. He was the personal physician of William III of Orange-Nassau, Dutch stadholder and king of ...more

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Henk van Gerven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Henk van Gerven age 63 Henricus Petrus Johannes van Gerven is a Dutch politician and general practitioner. As a member of the Socialist Party he has been an MP since November 30, 2006. He focuses on matters of health ...more

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Herman Boerhaave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Herman Boerhaave Died at 70 (1668-1738) Herman Boerhaave was a Dutch botanist, Christian humanist and physician of European fame. He is regarded as the founder of clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital and is sometimes ...more

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Hermanus Angelkot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Hermanus Angelkot

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Hermanus Angelkot junior is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Hermanus Angelkot junior Died at 39 (1688-1727) Hermanus or Hermannus Angelkot Jr. was an Amsterdam pharmacist who also wrote poems and plays. He was the son of Judith Muijsart and Hermanus Angelkot Sr., who also wrote plays and practised as ...more

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Ita Wegman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Ita Wegman Died at 67 (1876-1943) Ita Wegman, MD is known as the co-founder of Anthroposophical Medicine with Rudolf Steiner. In 1921, she founded the first anthroposophical medical clinic in Arlesheim, now known as the Ita ...more

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J. L. C. Pompe van Meerdervoor... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
J. L. C. Pompe van Meerdervoort Died at 79 (1829-1908) Johannes Lijdius Catharinus Pompe van Meerdervoort was a Dutch physician based in Nagasaki, Japan. In Nagasaki he taught medicine, chemistry and photography and established a medical school and ...more

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Jaap Goudsmit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Jaap Goudsmit age 66 Jaap Goudsmit is Dutch scientist, known for his research in the field of AIDS. In 1978 Jaap Goudsmit received his MD degree with honor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam. ...more

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Jacob Moleschott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Jacob Moleschott Died at 71 (1822-1893) Jacob Moleschott was a Dutch physiologist and writer on dietetics. He is known for his philosophical views in regards to "scientific materialism".

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Jan F. Esser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Jan F. Esser Died at 69 (1877-1946) Johannes "Jan" Fredericus Samuel Esser was a Dutch plastic surgeon who pioneered innovative methods of reconstructive surgery on soldiers wounded in the First World War. He is thought ...more

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Jan Karel van den Broek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Jan Karel van den Broek Died at 51 (1814-1865) Jan Karel van den Broek was a Dutch physician based in Nagasaki, Japan. In Nagasaki he taught medicine, chemistry and photography.

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Jan van der Hoeve is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Jan van der Hoeve Died at 74 (1878-1952) Jan van der Hoeve was a Dutch ophthalmologist. He is recognised for his concept of the phakomatoses, often called neurocutaneous syndromes. Van der Hoeve graduated from the University of Leyden ...more

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Joep Lange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Joep Lange Died at 60 (1954-2014) Joseph Marie Albert "Joep" Lange was a Dutch clinical researcher specialising in HIV therapy. He served as the president of the International AIDS Society from 2002 to 2004. He was a ...more

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Johann Bachstrom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Johann Bachstrom Died at 54 (1688-1742) Jan Fryderyk or Johann Friedrich Bachstrom was a writer, scientist and Lutheran theologian who spent the last decade of his life in Leiden. His surname is sometimes spelt Bachstroem or ...more

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Johann Bartsch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Johann Bartsch Died at 29 (1709-1738) Johann Bartsch was a German physician, who graduated in the Netherlands at Leiden University in 1737. His Thesis de Calore Corporis Humani hygraulico is the only work he published. He was much ...more

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Johann Weyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Johann Weyer Died at 73 (1515-1588) Johann Weyer or Wier was a Dutch physician, occultist and demonologist, disciple and follower of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. He was among the first to publish against the persecution of witches. ...more

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Johannes Acronius Frisius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Johannes Acronius Frisius Died at 44 (1520-1564) Johannes Acronius Frisius was a Dutch doctor and mathematician of the 16th century. He was named after his city of birth, Akkrum in Frisia. From 1547 he worked as professor of mathematics in ...more

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Johannes Goropius Becanus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Johannes Goropius Becanus Died at 53 (1519-1572) Johannes Goropius Becanus, born Jan Gerartsen at Gorp, was a Dutch physician, linguist, and humanist.

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Joost Meerloo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Joost Meerloo Died at 73 (1903-1976) Joost Abraham Maurits Meerloo was a Dutch Doctor of Medicine and psychoanalyst. Born as Abraham Maurits "Bram" Meerloo in The Hague, Netherlands, he came to United States in 1946, was ...more

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Murk van Phelsum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Murk van Phelsum Died at 49 (1730-1779) Murk van Phelsum was a Dutch physician, who was the namesake for the lizard genus Phelsuma. Van Phelsum started his medical studies on November 17, 1754 at the university of Franeker, where he ...more

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Nicolaes Tulp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Nicolaes Tulp Died at 81 (1593-1674) Nicolaes Tulp was a Dutch surgeon and mayor of Amsterdam. Tulp was well known for his upstanding moral character and as the subject of Rembrandt's famous painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr ...more

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Nicolaus Mulerius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Nicolaus Mulerius Died at 66 (1564-1630) Nicolaus Mulerius was a professor of medicine and mathematics at the University of Groningen. Mulerius was born Nicolaas des Mulier, son of Pierre des Muliers and Claudia Le Vettre. He grew up ...more

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Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger Died at 62 (1656-1718) Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger was a Dutch physician and writer. Heinsius was an illegitimate son of Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder and his long term Swedish-born partner, Margaretha Wullen. With ...more

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Olfert Dapper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Olfert Dapper Died at 54 (1635-1689) Olfert Dapper was a Dutch physician and writer. He wrote books about world history and geography, although he never travelled outside the Netherlands. Even today, his book "is one of the ...more

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Paul Barbette is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Paul Barbette Died at 46 (1620-1666) Paul Barbette was a celebrated Dutch physician. After finishing his medicine studies at Leiden University in 1645, he practised both medicine and surgery in Amsterdam. He was a determined enemy ...more

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Paul of Middelburg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Paul of Middelburg Died at 88 (1446-1534) Paul of Middelburg was a Flemish scientist and bishop of Fossombrone.

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Pieter van Woensel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Pieter van Woensel Died at 61 (1747-1808) Pieter van Woensel was a physician, adventurer, travel writer, ships doctor, political cartoonist and a colorful author under the pseudonym Amurath-Effendi, Hekim-Bachi in the satirical almanac ...more

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Regnier de Graaf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicians from the Netherlands
Regnier de Graaf Died at 32 (1641-1673) Regnier de Graaf, original Dutch spelling Reinier de Graaf, or Latinized Reijnerus de Graeff was a Dutch physician and anatomist who made key discoveries in reproductive biology. His first name ...more