Niek van Dijk

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C. Niek van Dijk
Born (1951-05-20) May 20, 1951 (age 71)
OccupationOrthopaedic surgeon
EmployerAcademic Medical Center, Amsterdam

Cornelis Nicolaas "Niek" van Dijk is an orthopaedic surgeon, a specialist in sports traumatology and arthroscopic surgery of the ankle and knee. Until 2016 Van Dijk was Full Professor in Orthopaedics and head of the Orthopaedic Department at the AMC-hospital in Amsterdam (Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam). He continues his career in the FIFA Medical Centres of excellence in Madrid and Porto.[1] He is the founder of a characteristic approach, which has come to be known as the Amsterdam Foot & Ankle School (aka The Amsterdam Approach):

Niek van Dijk has won renown as a leading authority for arthroscopic surgery of the ankle and the knee. In particular, he is known for his Amsterdam Ankle School (the Amsterdam Approach), which places particular emphasis upon a painstaking diagnosis, followed by arthroscopy as a surgical resource rather than a mere diagnostic. His operative techniques have spread throughout the world, and have benefitted leading athletes, as well as ordinary people suffering from ankle problems.[2]


Niek van Dijk was born in Amsterdam, on 20 May 1951. He received his MD in 1977 from the University of Leiden. He began his residency at Utrecht's Centraal Military Hospital, and continued at Wilhelmina Gasthuis Department of Experimental Surgery, in Amsterdam. Between 1979 and 1985 he was trained by Professor Dr. R.K. Marti in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC), where he commenced his career as an orthopaedic surgeon. In March 1994, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. His thesis was entitled “Diagnostic strategies in patients with severe ankle sprain”, and his promoter was Professor Dr. R.K. Marti, the former head of Orthopaedic Surgery at AMC.


  • 1985 Orthopaedic consultant, National Ballet, Amsterdam.
  • 2000-2001 President Dutch Orthopaedic Association
  • 2001 Professor Arthroscopic Surgery at the University of Amsterdam
  • 2002-2016 Head of the Orthopaedic Department at Academic Medical Center and Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam
  • 2003-2005 President Dutch Orthopaedic Association
  • 2008-2010 President Nordic Orthopaedic Federation
  • 2008 President European Ankle and Foot Association
  • 2010 Affiliate Professor, University of Minho, Portugal
  • 2010-2012 President European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
  • 2014 Affiliate Professor, University of Porto, Portugal
  • 2014 Congress president biannual ESSKA Congress Amsterdam

Honorary memberships and awards[edit]

  • 2005 Honorary member of the Greek Arthroscopy Association (HAA) Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 2005 Cappagh Trust Lecture: ”Lateral Ankle Ligament Lesions”;Visiting Professor, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2007 Honorary member Czech Society for Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy (SSTA)
  • 2007 Rose Honorary Lecture: “Treatment of OCD”; Visiting Professor, Hospital of Special Surgery (HSS),New York, USA.
  • 2010 Grand Round Lecture “Osteochondral Talar Defects: Current Concepts”; Visiting Professor Harvard University, Boston, USA.
  • 2011 Honorary member of the ASTAOR (The Association of Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Orthopaedic surgery and Rehabilitation), Russia
  • 2011 Honorary member of GRECMIP (Groupe de la Chirurgie Mini-Invasive et de la Cheville) France.
  • 2013 Honorary member Slovak Society of Arthroscopy and Sport Traumatology (SSAST)
  • 2014 ESSKAR-award for the most valuable section/ committee of ESSKA (as president of ESSKA-AFAS)
  • 2014 Honorary Lecture “Osteochondral defects in the ankle: the rationale for diagnosis and treatment”, 29th GOTS (Association of Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Sports Medicine) Annual Congress, Munich, Germany
  • 2014 Presidential lecture “Actual dilemmas and future in orthopaedics”, XIII International Congress of the Argentine Arthroscopy Association (AAA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2014 Honorary member of the Argentine Arthroscopy Association (AAA)
  • 2015 Honorary member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Artroscopia e Traumatologia Desportiva (SPAT)

Editorial roles[edit]

Member of several editorial boards:

  • KSSTA journal
  • Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica (AOTT)
  • Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (JEO)
  • Journal of Orthopaedics Trauma and Rehabilitation (Hong Kong)
  • AP-SMART (Asia Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology)

Corresponding member of:

  • Deutschprachige Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arthroskopie (AGA)
  • Colombian and Chilean Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.

Editor-in-Chief of:

Founding member roles[edit]

  • International Achilles Tendon Study Group, which has published four books on Achilles tendon problems.
  • Ankle and Foot Associates, a Section of the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy (ESSKA-AFAS)


Niek van Dijk has written or co-edited 11 books, published more than 280 indexed SCI-publications. He has written more than 100 book chapters and presents on average 25 international invited lectures a year.


  • Ankle Arthroscopy. Techniques developed by the Amsterdam Foot and Ankle School, Author: C. Niek van Dijk, Springer Heidelberg New York London, 2014, with anatomical illustrations by Pau Golanó.
  • Inaugural address : “Beweegredenen. De patient als bron van inspiratie”, C. Niek van Dijk, Vossiuspers UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002.
  • Thesis: “On Diagnostic Strategies in Patients with Severe Ankle Sprain”, author: C. Niek van Dijk, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 1994.


Famous patients (selection)[edit]


  1. ^ "Expositie voetbalshirts voor scheidend enkeldokter Niek van Dijk", 7 december 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  2. ^ Van Dijk, C.N. Ankle Arthroscopy: Techniques Developed by the Amsterdam Foot and Ankle School, Springer, 2014, p. 407.
  3. ^ "Editorial board | JISAKOS". Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  4. ^ "Keylor Navas: ' Los médicos me han dicho que la endoscopia fue positiva y exitosa'". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  5. ^ "Médico que operou Pepe confirma um mês de paragem do internacional português",, January 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Juan Carlos Navarro out for eight weeks after successful ankle operation",, July 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Montolivo requires ankle surgery",, November 4, 2010
  8. ^ "Stephan El Shaarawy: Check-up in Amsterdam",, February 12, 2014

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