Beyond the scientist: Jan Kremer
Where and when were you born?
Venray, with a veterinary as dad and Montessori teacher as mum. I was born on the Saturday before the last ‘Mother-day’ of the fifties.
Where do you live and with whom?
Nijmegen, in the Indian District. I live with my wife Olga and my youngest daughter Lotte. My eldest daughter lives in Amsterdam and my two sons in Delft and Rotterdam.
Who was your role model when you were a kid?
Ronald Naar, a famous Dutch climber. As a young mountaineer, I read all his books. I admired his focus and passion.
Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)
He showed me the downside of too much focus. It makes you selfish and narrow-minded.
What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?
The development of the Digital IVF Clinic, a website for and by our patients. It started in 2001, and later on we realized that we were the first in the world who gave patients online access to their own medical data.
What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?
I want to contribute to the renaissance of the personal context in healthcare. We have depersonalized and fragmented healthcare. We should make the next steps towards quality of care from the perspective of the patient as a person (and not from the perspective of the system of the provider).
For what can we wake you up?
Notting Hill. I think I have seen that movie 20-30 times, but I cannot wait to see it again.
What is your hobby and how good are you at it?
Bird watching, golf and philosophy, sometimes in combination. I have only limited talent for all three, unfortunately. But I keep on believing that this will change once.
What is your biggest irritation?
Intellectual shortcuts, which is a euphemism for stupidity. I think it is important to understand the paradigms behind opinions and thoughts. Without a good bottom, you never get a good pizza….
Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?
My wife, and I am lucky that I have that chance almost every day.
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