Esther Talboom-Kamp was born on the 27th of May 1968 in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. She graduated at the Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Etten-Leur in 1986. During her medical study at the Faculty of Medicine of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, she also worked on the department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in a Czech hospital. After finishing medical school cum laude in 1993, she gained experience as a medical doctor in internal medicine and pulmonary disease in Hopital Tenon in Paris in 1993. Furthermore, she worked as a resident in internal medicine in a hospital until 1995.
Her vocational training as a general practitioner started in 1995 at the faculty of general practice of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and she graduated as a general practitioner in 1998. From 1998 to 2008 she practiced as a general practitioner in a multicultural neighbourhood in Rotterdam. During this function, her interest in integrated care and self-management for patients developed over time.
Imagination is more important than knowledgeEinstein
She had an active role implementing disease management programs for chronic patients in her practice. Furthermore, her interest in managerial responsibility developed in due course of time through various management and leadership functions in a large primary care organisation (Stichting Boog). In 2010, she obtained a master’s degree in business administration at the Erasmus University.
In 2008, she was appointed as a director of a diagnostic centre in the Netherlands. In 2010, she was elected as the most talented manager in healthcare and received a national award. In 2011, she started as chairman of the board at Saltro Diagnostics, a leading innovative diagnostic centre. In this executive function, she is responsible for the strategy and operational management of this laboratory with 600 employees.
In 2011, she joined the supervisory board of a consultancy agency called Raedelijn. Since 2014 she is a member of the board of the association which supports primary care in the Netherlands called InEen. Within this board, she is responsible for innovation of healthcare, human resources and diagnostics. Furthermore, she is a board member of a national platform that promotes and supports the implementation of self-management for chronic patients (Zelfzorg Ondersteund).
Next to her work as an executive, in 2009 she started the scientific research described in this thesis under the guidance of Professor Niels Chavannes, Doctor Noortje Verdijk, Professor Mattijs Numans and Doctor Marise Kasteleyn.
After finishing this PhD thesis, she will combine her executive functions with her scientific research work.