Niek de Wit was born in 1956 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. He attended the Eemland College secondary school, and went to medical school in Utrecht, where he graduated in 1981. After training in surgery and obstetrics he worked from 1985-1989 as district medical officer in Mwanza hospital, Malawi, Africa.
Upon return in Holland he started the vocational training (drs. Wouter vd Berg, Leusden) and was registered as general practitioner in 1990. In 1993 he defended his PhD thesis on "open access gastroscopy for general practitioners in the Netherlands" (prof. dr Ruut de Melker).
From 1994 till 2010 he worked in private primary care practice in Rhenen, a small semi-rural town in the center of Holland. He combined this with an academic assignment at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care.
In 2009 he was appointed as full time professor of General Practice at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. From 2010 -2012 he was visiting professor at the department of General Practice and Primary Care of Kings’college in London, UK. In 2012 he was appointed as visiting professor at Durham University, UK.
Niek de Wit is involved in all fields of academic primary care.
His main focus is on the development of academic primary care practice in the Julius Health Centers (JHC) in Leidsche Rijn, a new residential area in Utrecht. The ambition with JHC is to create an academic primary care environment where education, research and health care innovativions are integrated in routine primary care. From 2010 he acts as medical manager in JHC, which presently provide integrated primary care for 35.000 patients from 4 multidisciplinary health centers.
His research focusses on two topics: functional complaints in primary care, especially in gastroenterology, and health care innovations in primary care, with ongoing projects about the diagnostic process, riskassesment and prevention and patient selfmanagement. He presently supervises 16 PhD students, and is (co-) author of more than150 peer reviewed scientific publications and textbook chapters.
In the field of medical education he has been coordinating the primary care programme in the undergraduate medical training, contributed to the curriculum development of the Medical School (CRU 99), and he initiated the evidence based medicine training programme in the vocational training in general practice in Utrecht. In recent years he is actively involved in the postgraduate curriculum of the Julius Center (PAOH) in Utrecht.
He is co-author of professional guidelines and Cochrane reviews on dyspepsia, IBS and colorectal cancer screening. He is a member of the editorial board of Family Practice. From 2002-2008 he participated in the advisory board of the Dutch College of General Practice and co-authored the Future strategy 2022 of the College in 2012. In 2012 he was appointed in the advisory board of the National Quality Institute of the Dutch Ministry of Health.
He was one of the founders of the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology, He was a member of the educational committee of the United European Gas