The team

The Cleft Surgery Organisation was founded in 2001 by dr Bart van de Ven. Together with dr. Ellen Defrancq they have a practise for facial feminization surgery (FFS) in Antwerp. All their consultation fees are automatically donated to the Cleft Surgery Organisation. Dr. Joel Defranq also is a maxillofacial surgeon in o2 Clinic in Antwerp. The surgical team further consists of dr. Robert van Es and dr. Nard Janssen, both are maxillofacial surgeons in the Utrecht University Medical Centre and dr Jan Vanhove, maxillofacial surgeon at Regionaal Ziekenhuis Heilig Hart Leuven (Belgium).  

The anesthesiology team's backbone consists of Henk and Yvonne Geerlings (anesthesiology nurses) who work in several hospitals in and around Amersfoort, dr. Thierry Scohy, an anesthesiologist in the Amphia Ziekenhuis Breda. 

All doctors and team members donate their time (and often materials and other supplies) to the organisation free of charge. Nobody receives any wage or other remuneration.

Official Board of direction

  • van de Ven, Bart

  • Defrancq, Ellen

  • Geerlings, Hendrikus

  • Geerlings-van Barlingen, Yvonne