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Wim van Harten spent 7 years after his graduation as M.D. in tropical medicine. On returning from Cameroon, Africa he decided to focus on public health and health administration. He obtained a degree in community medicine while working as a chief medical advisor of a major health insurance company (1986-1992). As a director of patient care/General director he worked in rehabilitation hospital “Het Roessingh” (1992-2001) in Enschede, he finished his Ph.D. on quality management (1997).
In June 2001 he started as a member of the executive board of the National Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, responsible for Organisation & Management. In 2005 he started, also at the NKI-AVL, as project leader at the Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology.
Since 2001 he is part-time professor on the chair “Quality Management of Health Care Technology” at the department of Health Technology and Services Research of the School of Management and Governance at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
From 2006 onwards he is a board member and since 2011 until June 2014 president of the OECI (Organisation of European Cancer Institutes). From July 2014 he is “past President” of the OECI.
From 2008 – June 2014 onward he was a board member of the Netherlands Hospital Association.