Beyond the scientist: Monique Steegers

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Monique Steegers, anesthesiologist - pain specialist and associate Professor Education of Pain Medicine.

Where and when were you born?

Voorburg, a small village near the Hague, I was born on a Sunday July 18th 1965

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in Malden with my daughter Chris, she is 18 years old. I have a son (Wout) of 20 years who is living in Nijmegen, studying  embedded engineering and last but not least a daughter (Anna) of 23 years who is living in Amsterdam and is studying dentistry.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

As a kid I wanted to be a ballerina and my idol was Kate Bush who was an English musician, sing- and songwriter, producer and a dancer. She has an extraordinary style of music that just comes out of her soul. When I became older I was inspired by people who dared to follow their heart and somehow tried to make a difference, like Nelson Mandela who has his birthday on the same day as mine.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

I tried to be a ballerina but was not talented enough. My other role model was in jail for a large part of his life so that was also not a good idea.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

As a medical doctor, anesthesiologist pain-specialist, trying to improve the quality of life/health of patients in pain all over the world by medical interventions/innovation, education and research.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

I hope in the next 5-10 years that we make progress in prevention that acute pain becomes chronic and to improve pain treatment in acute, chronic and cancer-pain.

For what can we wake you up?

Slowly cooked lamb shank

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

I like different sports: kickboxing, running, cycling. I am not very talented but I like them all for different reasons. Kickboxing is a full body workout and is also a mental training and gives you the opportunity to get rid of your stress.

I like to cook and invite people, to have a nice conversation during a good dinner.

What is your biggest irritation?

Unnecessary bureaucracy.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

The Dalai Lama, and talk about health and happiness.

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