Over 30 years dr. Liesbeth Haverkort worked as a dietitian at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. For many years she was involved in the (experimental) dietary treatments of peroxisomal and mitochondrial diseases such as X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy, Refsum's disease, Zellweger syndrome and Barth's disease.
Between 1989 and 2017 she worked for the department of Surgery and was involved in the dietary counseling of patients who underwent major surgery of the gastrointestinal tract.
In 2005 she completed her University Master's degree in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and this was the prelude of various nutrition-related studies.
This resulted in 2014 in the thesis 'The value of nutritional assessment in major abdominal surgery'. The PhD research focused on nutrition-related complaints and problems that occur before and after surgery in terms of body composition, nutritional status and food intake.
Since 2011 she has been appointed at the EBP Master's program at the UvA, where she supervises students in completing their Master's degree program.
From September 2015 she is working at the University of Applied Science Utrecht for both the School for Dental Hygiene (including the department of nutrition) and the resourch group ‘Innovation in preventive care’.
It is her goal to draw attention to the added value of nutrition in health and disease based on knowledge and experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
A healthy, well-balanced diet contributes to the optimal functioning of the body and the prevention of disease. And in case of illness, an adapted diet can contribute to a faster recovery, a reduction of complaints and an improved self-reliance.