Rear Admiral (lh) (ret.) Adriaan Hopperus Buma is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Navy for 38 years in various Fleet, Marine Corps and Joint Command and Staff functions. Among others he served as Medical Plans Officer at NATO HQ in Northwood (UK), Dep. AFOR Medical Advisor (Albania) and Senior Medical Officer on St. Martin after Hurricane Luis. As Senior Fleet Surgeon he was in charge of the national medical planning for UN missions to Eritrea (UNMEE) and Liberia (UNMIL). He was Commanding Officer of the joint deployable surgical teams which brought him to Iraq and Afghanistan. His final position was Inspector-General Military Health Care.
Admiral Buma is a graduate of Utrecht University and received his public health training in Leiden.
His Ph.D.-studies during the UNTAC-mission (Cambodia) comprised studies on health surveillance, malaria and hepatitis. He is a founding examiner of the Diploma in Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine for the Society of Apothecaries of London, preparing military and civilian doctors for disaster and humanitarian relief operations. He is editor of the textbook on Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine. He is the recipient of the 25th Michael E. DeBakey International Military Surgeons Award (USUHS, Bethesda MD) and has been knighted to Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He has fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK) and the New Westminster College, Vancouver B.C.
Since his retirement from the Navy (2012) he works as senior consultant in the Harbour Hospital Rotterdam (Dept. Tropical & Travel Medicine) and lectures at the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health (Utrecht) and the KIT Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam). He was auditor for the Mental Health Care System for Veterans and member of the Supervisory Council of the Dutch Burns Foundation. He also served as specialist investigator for the Dutch Safety Board.