Gilbert Nolst Trenité's special interest in surgery of the nose started during his ENT residency, when he was carrying out experimental work on implants in a growing nasal septum. His frequent visits abroad to experts on rhinoplasty (Bull, Mackay, Masing, Tardy, Walter etc.) greatly stimulated him to improve his knowledge and technique. As vice president of the Dutch ENT society, he was one of the initiators of Rhinoplasty, a practical guide to functional and aesthetic surgery of the nose. The enlarged second edition had a world premiere with an active CD ROM with live surgery video clips. The even more enlarged, third edition, is now in print and will be combined with an interactive DVD ROM with 4 hours of live surgery. http://www.rhinoplasty.nl/galleries/video-gallery/

In his enthusiasm for facial plastic surgery, and in particular for rhinoplasty, he gave many lectures, live surgery demonstrations on the subject all over the world, and designed various specific rhinoplasty instruments and a custom-made vestibulum device.

As former head of the Rotterdam cleft palate center, he became deeply involved in the highly challenging secondary rhinoplasty for cleft-lip patients. Since the early 1990s, he has been one of the Dutch vice-presidents of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and he has also joined the editorial board of Facial Plastic Surgery International Quarterly Monographs.

As an ENT surgeon, he worked in private practice for nearly 13 years. Since 1994 he has been second man in commend of and associate Professor at the ENT Department of the Academic Medical Center, the University Hospital of the University of Amsterdam (former head Prof. P.F. Schouwenburg and present head Prof. Wytske Fokkens). Moreover, he is consultant surgeon for facial plastic surgery at Professor Amiri's clinic in Bad Wiessee, Germany.

He established an annual International Course on Modern Rhinoplasty Techniques in Amsterdam, and started a research group on chondroneogenesis in collagenous matrices with tissue growth factors, as well as a further research project with the Rotterdam cleft palate center on the influence of orthodontic treatment (Weil method) on facial growth in cleft-lip patients. He also established a mid European course at the University of Pécs, (director: Prof. Joseph Pytel) in Hungary, for which he received the Gold Medal of the University, and was appointed Guest Professor. Furthermore he initiated a "promising" research project in cartilage healing in the growing septum in Pécs and became honorary member of the Hungarian ENT Society. He is also appointed guest professor at the University of Ghent, Belgium (head of the ENT dept. Prof. Van Couwenberge) and was honorary guest professor for Rhinofest at the Mayo Clinics USA.

Professor Nolst Trenité is president of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and was president of the educational board of that academy, which organizes postgraduate education in facial plastic surgery. Furthermore, he represented the Dutch ENT society at the Union Européenne Médicins Spécialistes (UEMS), and is President of the international Lazarus Leprosy Society, through which he has become involved in facial rehabilitation surgery in leprosy patients. He is also president of the board of the Rotterdam cleft palate center. As member of the executive board of the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Society, of which he is now president, he developed with Dr. Roxana Cobo from Colombia an international certification process in facial plastic surgery. He is one of the editors in chief of Facial Plastic Surgery Monographs and member of the editorial board of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery (AMA Journal) and B-ENT (formerly Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica. He contributed to many international textbooks and peer reviewed medical journals.

Recently he became honory member of the Belgian ENT Society, the South African ENT Society and Honory member of the Polish rhinologic society. He gave the Sir Wilde lecture of the Irish ENT society During the Las Vegas meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery he recieved the prestigeous Davalon Award for his great contribution to the development of Facial Plastic Surgery throughout the world.


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