Dr. Philip. A. Van Damme, DMD MD PhD, was born in Yerseke, The Netherlands Dr. Van Damme is an oral & cranio-maxillofacial surgeon living and working in the Netherlands.

Dr. Van Damme first studied dentistry at the Utrecht University Dental School (Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands) from 1971 through February 1977. He then fulfilled his military duty in the Dutch Royal Navy from May 1977 through October 1978, as Lieutenant-Dentist.

Dr. Van Damme studied medicine at the Utrecht University Medical School, the Netherlands from 1978 through January 1983. He trained in general surgery at the Joannes de Deo Stichting Hospital from July 1983 through April 1984, while taking the International ECFMG/VQE examinations in Paris, France.

Dr. Van Damme was trained in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the University Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands from May 1984 through May 1988.

His PhD Thesis titled: Subperiosteal Palatal Soft Tissue Expansion was submitted on December 6, 1996 at the Nijmegen University (Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen).

Dr. Van Damme has been Section Editor of the Journal of Cranio-MaxilloFacial Surgery, for the sections Research, Development and New Horizons, and Reviewer for different other scientific journals. There are more than 70 PubMed listed publications and he presented more than 100 times at national and international scientific meetings.

In 2004, Dr. Van Damme had dual roles of being Visiting Professor in the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, USA, and Visiting Surgeon in the Burdenko Institute in Moscow, Russia. In subsequent years he held numerous staff positions at several well respected medical clinics in the Netherlands.

Together with Prof. George E. Anastassov MD DDS FAC, he has a patent application (US20110097283 – EP2280687 – CA2719830) on chewing gum compositions comprising Cannabinoids.

In December 2007, he became Director-owner of Mareda Holding BV (investment company) and President-founder of Stichting Sanammad (intellectual property foundation) together with Lekhram Changoer MSc BSc).