Roderick Paul Venekamp was born on the 21th of June 1983 in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. In 2001, after graduating his secondary school at the Gymnasium Camphusianum in Gorinchem, he started his medical training at the Utrecht University. During this study he developed an interest for both clinical care and research of general practice, with a special interest for upper respiratory tract infections. After his graduation in 2008, he started to combine his GP vocational training with a PhD programme at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) which he performed under supervision of Prof. dr. Marc J.M. Bonten, Prof. dr. Theo J.M. Verheij, Prof. dr. Maroeska M. Rovers and dr. Alfred P.E. Sachs. During this combined programme he also successfully finished a master programme Epidemiology Postgraduate at the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences.
At present, he works as a General Practitioner which he combines with an Assistant Professor position at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary care of the UMCU with the objective to develop and supervise the conduct, analysis and report of clinical trials on the effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical interventions for common ear, nose and throat conditions, especially in children.
He is member of the evidENT team and holds a Honorary Senior Research Associate position at the University College London (UCL) thereby contributing to the strong links between UMCU and UCL.
He is an editor of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and ENT Groups and has led reviews on systemic corticosteroids for acute sinusitis and antibiotics for acute otitis media and otitis media with effusion in children.
He has participated in the 2014 revisions of the national practice guidelines on acute otitis media in children, otitis media with effusion in children and acute rhinosinusitis issued by the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG).