Dick Oepkes was born in a small village in the north of the Netherlands, in 1960. He graduated from medical school in Utrecht in 1987. Following a one year military service at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology of the national Military Hospital in Utrecht, he became physician-sonographer and PhD student at the department of Obstetrics at the Leiden University Medical Center. He successfully defended his PhD thesis (with distinction) on ‘Ultrasonography and Doppler in Red Cell Alloimmunisation” in 1993. After finishing his residency in ObGyn in Leiden, he was a fellow Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada from 1999-2001.
Since 2001, he is MFM specialist and head of the fetal medicine unit in Leiden. He was appointed full professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Therapy in 2012. In the Dutch college for obstetricians and gynaecologists, he holds several board positions, including chairman of the Science committee and chairman of the Prenatal Diagnosis Working Party. He is co-founder of the Fetal Care Academy (www.fetalcareacademy.org) .He (co-)authored more than 260 peer-reviewed papers, numerous book-chapters and is editor of several textbooks including the recent Fetal Therapy, with Kilby and Johnson, and the 3rd edition of Rodeck’s Fetal Medicine – Basic Science and Clinical Practice, with Pandya, Sebire and Wapner.
Professor Oepkes is an active member of many international societies in the field of fetal medicine, associate editor of the journals Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, and chairman of the Fetal Therapy special interest group of the Int Society for Prenatal Diagnosis. His research interests are fetal therapy for monochorionic twin complications, fetal lung lesions, red cell and platelet alloimmunisation, stem cell treatment for osteogenesis imperfect and prenatal screening and diagnosis of chromosomal anomalies.