Dr Dennis Mook-Kanamori, GP

Dr. Dennis Mook-Kanamori was born in Enschede, the Netherlands, and lived in the a small town called Bennekom until he was 18 years old. His father is American and his mother is Japanese. Although he could be considered an expat, he did complete both his primary and secondary school in the Dutch school system. After high school he went to Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college, near Philadelphia. In 2005 he completed his medical degree at the University of Leiden, in 2009 he obtained a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology, and in 2010 he completed his PhD at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. For his work as a researcher, he lived in Santiago de Chile (2003), Qatar (2011) and Saudi Arabia (2015). He knows what life is like as an expat and how difficult it can be to battle through an unknown healthcare system when you, or your loved one, gets sick in an foreign country. 

In 2014 he completed his 3-year training as a general practitioner and since then he has been working in various practices in and around the Hague. He also works regularly at the SMASH, the after-hours doctors service of the Hague. Besides his work as a GP, he continues to work as a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in the field of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and currently supervises five PhD students.

Dennis lives in Leiden with his wife and two boys. He works at IHCH on Wednesdays and Thursdays.