Steven van de Vijver is the Director of Urban Health at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. In addition he is involved with clinical work at the Family Medicine Department at the OLVG in Amsterdam and as a Senior Advisor at the Amsterdam Health Technology Institute (ahti). He is still associated with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi as a Senior Fellow/Ambassador.
Steven did his medical training in The Netherlands and after specializing as a tropical doctor he worked for Doctors without Borders in the Democratic Republic Congo. Back in The Netherlands he completed his specialisation in Family Medicine and a Masters in International Health in order to focus his medical career on primary health care in slum settings. He obtained his PhD with a thesis on cardiovascular diseases prevention in the slums of Kenya. Besides his medical work he has written several books which have been translated in various languages.