Diederik Tim Meijer was born on the 16th of November 1989 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. He was the youngest of the family with two older sisters. After finishing his secondary school in 2008 he started the same year his medical school at the Vrije Universteit (VU) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In the summer of his second year as medical student he started doing research in the Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital under supervision of Dr. E.Ph Steller and guidance of Job Doornberg and Sjoerd Stufkens. He was involved in patient related research in the department of General and Trauma Surgery. The research concerned the results of open reduction and internal fixation of proximal humeral fractures compared to conservative treatment of these fractures.
After finishing his bachelor degree at theVrije Universiteit of Amsterdam he came back to Job Doornberg and Sjoerd Stufkens to do more research for his scientific internship and to cover his time to start with his master. What started with one project for his scientific internship became gradually an official PhD outline with more projects. He obtained multiple grants from different foundations for supporting the research and received support for the outline from the young Professor Gino Kerkhoffs.
Under supervision of Professor Gino M.M.J. Kerkhoffs and guidance of Job Doornberg and Sjoerd Stufkens from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, Diederik investigates the posterior malleolar fragment in ankle fractures. Diederik presented his first project in Venice, Italy on the 8th combined meeting of orthopaedic research societies 2013. This presentation was awarded by the traumaplatform foundation. His first national presentation was during the traumadagen 2013 in Amsterdam. This presentation was rewarded with the first price for best oral presentation.
Currently, Diederik is finishing his last year for his medical degree at the VU Amsterdam. After his medical degree he can hopefully start with the orthopedic residency program to become an orthopedic surgeon after he finished his PhD.