Emeritus Professor Chris van Weel


Honorary Professor of Primary Health Care Research, ANU, 2013-2015; Professor of Primary Health Care Research, Professor of General Practice and Head of Department Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1985 – 2012; General Practitioner Community Health Centre Ommoord, Rotterdam, 1973 – 1985; PhD Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1981; President World Organization of Family Doctors, Wonca, 2007 – 2010

Area of Professional Interest

• Morbidity in the primary care community

• Multimorbidity

• Long-term outcome of primary care

• Primary care research capacity building

• International comparisons of primary health care policy implementation

Career Highlights

Primary health care morbidity, long-term outcome of chronic diseases in family practice, in which 68 successfully completed PhDs were supervised.

Led an academic practice based research network that collects research data for the research program, The Nijmegen Continuous Morbidity Registration / Monitoring Project

Co-founder Nijmegen Centre 'Evidence Based medical Practice'

Co-founder Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe)

Co-developer of a community oriented undergraduate curriculum (introduced in 1995) in which primary care plays a leading role.

Founder (1992) and until 2012 chair of the EU Erasmus exchange programme Primary Health Care in which medical students from 15 countries participate for clinical attachments and research electives in primary health care.

Co-founder Brisbane Initiative, international primary health care research leaders program

Professor of General Practice and Head of Department Primary and Community Care


• Officer Order of Oranje-Nassau, 2007

• Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa), University of Ghent, Belgium, 2003

• Honorary Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2007

• Honorary Fellow Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, 1991.

• Maurice Wood Award NAPCRG, 2008

Recent Publications

Brouwers M, De la Croix A, Laan R, van Weel C et al. 2020 The impact of early breaking bad news education: a qualitative study into students’ self-reported take-home messages. MedEdPublish, 9, [1], 25, https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2020.000025.1

Cuypers M, Tobi H, Huijsmans CAA, van Gerwen L, ten Hove M, van Weel C, Kiemeney LALM, Naaldenberg J, Leusink GL.
Disparities in cancer-related healthcare among people with intellectual disabilities: A population-based cohort study with health insurance claims data. Cancer Med. 2020;9:6888–6895. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.3333

Huston P, Campbell J , Russell G, Goodyear-Smith F , Phillips RL, van Weel C, Hogg W.  COVID-19 and primary care in six countries.
British Journal Gen Pract Open 2020; DOI:10.3399/bjgpopen20X101128

Kassai R, van Weel C, Flagg, K et al. Priorities for primary health care policy implementation: recommendations from the combined experience of six countries in Asia-Pacific. Australian Journal of Primary Health 2020; 26: https://doi.org/10.1071/PY19194

Ponka D, Coffman M, Fraser-Barclay KE, . Fostering global primary care research: a capacity-building approach. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002470. https://doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002470 

Salman Rawaf , Luke N. Allen , Florian L. Stigler , Dionne Kringos , Harumi Quezada Yamamoto , Chris van Weel & On behalf of the Global Forum on Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care (2020)
Lessons on the COVID-19 pandemic, for and by primary care professionals worldwide,
European Journal of General Practice, 26:1, 129-133, DOI: 10.1080/13814788.2020.1820479

Weel C van. Extraordinary diagnostic sensitivity of family physicians Fam Pract 202037: 431–433 doi:10.1093/fampra/cmaa045 https://doi:10.1093/fampra/cmaa045  

Weel C van, olde Hartman T, Rouleau K, Bazemore A, Westfall J, Russell G, Kidd M, Howe A, Phillips RL, Li D, Goodyear-Smith F. The Declaration of Astana and what it means for the global role of  NAPCRG and WONCA.
Ann Fam Med 2020;18:189-190. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2524

Weel C van, Knottnerus J A, van Schayck C P. Managing costs and access to healthcare in the Netherlands: impact on primary care BMJ 2020; 369 :m1181

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