Dr. Nasser Nadjmi, our founding father, is regarded by his peers as one of the absolute experts in Maxillofacial surgery. He has over 25+ years of experience and founded the Nadjmi Foundation in 2015.
Nasser Nadjmi was born on 27th of March 1965 in Tehran, Iran, where he lived until the age of 18. After finishing his high school in Iran and due to the post-revolution circumstances in his country he could not start the medical studies in Iran. He did the selection exams to get a scholarship to come to Belgium for nautical studies. Those exams took seven months and in the meanwhile he got the diploma of building surveying from a private institution in Tehran.
In October 1984 he came to Antwerp, Belgium, after being selected for the studies of merchant marine at the Higher Nautical College Antwerp.
He was graduated as an aspirant officer for merchant marine in July 1987.
In August of the same year he followed an intensive course on the Dutch language at ‘Instituut voor Levende Talen’ in Leuven, Belgium.
In September 1987, after a successful entrance exam, he was admitted at the dental school of the Catholic University of Leuven.
In September 1988 he was admitted to the Medical school of the same university and combined the medical and dental studies .
In June 1992 he got his dental degree and in June 1995 his medical degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL).
In July 1995 he started his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Saint John Hospital in Bruges, Belgium, which was affiliated with the KUL.
In July 1997 he was graduated as Stomatologist and in August of the same year he was granted a Chief Residency position at the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Houston, Texas, USA.
From December 1997 through March 1998 he functioned as a chief resident at the Department of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery of the Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He also had a three months rotation at the ENT department of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
After his return from the United States in August 1998 he started as a Chief Resident at The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Leuven, Belgium.
In July 1999 he was graduated as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from KUL. After that and through December of the same year he followed a fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at the private clinic for Plastic Surgery of Dr. Backer and Dr. Stuzin in Miami, USA.
While in Miami he had the privilege to work with the father of cleft surgery, Prof Ralph Millard. At that time 81 years old and with an experience of more than 50 years to share.
In January 2000 he joined the Craniofacial Association in Antwerp, Belgium. In the same year he founded the Cleft team at the University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA) and in 2016 the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department was established.
He is the director of the team for Cleft and Craniomaxillo facial anomalies at the Universit Hospital of Antwerp (UZA).
Since May 2010 he has become the coordinating program director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery through the University of Antwerp (UA).
Currently he is also a full member of the ZMACK Association, Antwerp, Belgium.
In September 2015 he established the Nadjmi Foundation. His charity activities leaded to the establishment of 2 centers of excellence for the cleft care in Shiraz and Zahedan, Iran.
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