Dr. Glenn W. Geelhoed has taken medical mission trips to points all over the globe for more than forty years. He and his team members provide health care and operations to some of the most destitute people of the world in some of the most desolate places on the planet. Glenn also provides medical training, both to his team and to representatives of the indigenous population, to guarantee the work done has a sustainable and culturally embedded future. Mission to Heal is an invitation to join him in his work to heal a wounded world.



Glenn received his BS and AB cum laude from Calvin College and MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. He completed his surgical internship and residency through Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To assist in developing further volunteer surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, Glenn completed masters degrees in international affairs, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, anthropology, and a philosophy degree in human sciences.

He still works as a professor of surgery at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. and is a member of numerous medical, surgical, and international academic societies. Glenn is an avid game hunter and runner. He has completed more than 135 marathons across the globe. He is also a widely published author accredited with several books and more than 500 published journal articles and chapters in books. He has two sons and five grandchildren.

Notable awards and appointments:

  • Humanitarian of the Year, GEORGE Magazine
  • Volunteerism Award for International Outreach, American College of Surgeons
  • Faculty Distinguished Service Award, George Washington University Medical School
  • Inductee, Academie de Chirurgie de Paris
  • Past President, Washington Academy of Surgeons
  • Traveling Scholar, James IV Association of Surgeons
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar

Bart Kruijsen, MBA

Senior Advisor, Europe

Bart has a proven track record in the development and growth of complex organizations – by inspiring stakeholders, creating partnerships, and ‘connecting the dots.’ He focuses on advancing the institutionalizing of the legacy of Dr. Geelhoed into the organization of Mission to Heal. Besides this, Bart oversees the deployment and funding of the new Mobile Surgical Units in the African Transect starting in 2019. Based in The Netherlands, with travel and work experience in more than 65 countries, Bart provides partners around the globe with the opportunity to make a lasting, tangible impact with Mission to Heal.

Steven Vryhof, PhD

Senior Advisor, USA

A former education professor with a wide range of nonprofit experience, Dr. Vryhof has conceptualized what Mission to Heal can be as a provider of surgical care in remote areas to low-income people. He has helped the Board develop the policies, protocols and programs that will institutionalize Dr. Geelhoed’s work for future generations, Based in Chicago and Michigan, he has promoted M2H not only as a global healthcare legacy in its own right, but as a model for providing safe, efficient, and effective operations for those too sick, too poor, and too remote to access such on their own.