ABOUT
Our Doctors

Volkert Wreesmann MD PhD

 

I specialize in medical and surgical solutions to problems within the head and neck region. This includes disorders of the ears, nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, voice, airway, swallowing system, skin, face, neck, skull base, salivary and (para)thyroid glands. In addition to treating illness, I have significant experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck region, and will be able to advise and treat patients in need of such treatment. I have worked for many years in world-renowned (cancer) hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom, and am therefore qualified to provide valuable second opinions, in person, virtually, or on paper.

I favor a holistic and integrative approach to medicine, and offer a multidisciplinary solution wherever this is in your best interest. In order to achieve this, I work in close collaboration with a variety of medical and paramedical disciplines such as nutritionists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons, neurologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists and family practitioners. I value a straightforward, open, honest, empathic, and non-judgmental interaction with my patients.

My aim is to empower my patients, in order to optimize their independence, self-determination and autonomy. Within this context, I provide a balanced assessment of all risks and benefits of diagnostic and treatment options in order for you to compare them accurately. This process is not only guided by the strengths but also the limitations of available scientific and practical knowledge, in order to create a solution which is tailored to your individual situation.

I am a big proponent of second opinions in medicine, and will not hesitate to offer you one, in case your medical problem is outside of my area of expertise, or has multiple acceptable solutions. If you live abroad, or are not in a position to come to the clinic, I am available for virtual counseling as well, which can be requested on an individual basis.

I completed medical school and general otorhinolaryngology training in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Next, I completed the 3 steps of the United States Medical Licencing Examinations (USMLE), and was licensed as a physician in the United States. In the United States, I trained and worked for 6 years as a cancer surgeon and scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. I then moved to the United Kingdom, where I worked for 7 years as a Consultant ENT-Head and Neck Surgeon within the National Health Service (NHS).

In February 2022, I relocated with my family to Andorra. I continue to work in the UK for several institutions, including Oxford University Hospitals, where I hold a position as Honorary Consultant ENT surgeon. I currently serve on the editorial board of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology, the official communication of ESSO, Europe’s largest association of cancer surgeons.

As part of this work, I am a regular reviewer of scientific manuscripts, academic theses, and international research projects and have been a course director of several international medical conferences. This helps me to stay abreast of progress in my field, in order to offer patients the latest advances in diagnostics and treatment.

GMC registration number (United Kingdom licence to practice): 7499626

COMA registration number (Andorran licence to practice): 03098

COMB registration number (Spanish licence to practice): 63638

Languages:

Dutch

English

German

Spanish

 

Karin Oomen MD PhD

 

I am a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat problems in children of all ages, ranging from infants to young adults. As a fellowship-trained pediatric ENT surgeon, I have many years of experience diagnosing and treating children’s ENT conditions.  Services I provide include assessment and treatment of hearing loss, recurrent ear infections, recurrent upper airway infections such as tonsillitis, snoring and sleep apnea in children, voice problems, and many more.

Caring for children, and helping them achieve the very best start in life, is a task I am grateful for and do not take lightly. As a mother of two, I am well aware of the stress it may cause parents to seek medical help for their children, how difficult it can be to trust another person with your child and letting them make decisions about their health.

Medical examinations can be frightening to children, especially when small orifices such as the ears, nostrils and throat are involved. This is why I am devoted to helping children in a friendly way that helps take away their natural anxiety and sets them at ease. A crucial element in achieving this is taking time to gain trust and build a solid relationship. When children trust their caregiver, they are more likely to cooperate with examinations, which then become more successful. Better examinations lead to more accurate diagnoses and optimal treatment, the end result of which is an improved outcome.

I recognize the importance of parents knowing their child best. Any changes in a child’s health or behavior reported by their parents or caretakers, I take very seriously. My aim is to make your and your child’s consultation as interactive as possible, so we can pick up on every available clue about your child’ s condition to improve their diagnosis and outcome. After all, ‘mother (father/caretaker) knows best!’

I also treat adults with general ear-, nose and throat problems. My areas of special interest in adults are sinus problems and voice problems (benign laryngology). Because of my affinity with children and their special communication needs, adult patients with developmental delay,  increased levels of anxiety and/or fear of doctors will also feel very welcome in my practice. 

I completed medical school and general otorhinolaryngology training in The Netherlands. In 2011, I was licensed as a physician in the United States, where I trained for 2 years as a fellow in pediatric otorhinolaryngology and surgery of the pediatric airway at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Subsequently, I worked for 5 years as a Consultant ENT-Head and Neck Surgeon in the United Kingdom within the National Health Service. I am registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and continue to be GMC accredited.  I have (co)authored many scientific papers and medical textbook chapters and am involved in ongoing research projects

Languages:

English 

Dutch

German

French 

Spanish