Maximiliaan Smeets graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven in June 2018 as a Medical Doctor and is now an active Oral and Maxillofacial trainee at the University Hospital of Leuven. His research interests include oral oncology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in general. Since 2020 Maximiliaan Smeets is a PhD candidate at the OMFS-IMPATH Research Group, and he focuses on the onset, etiology, and treatment of persistent trismus after oral oncology treatment. His research is mentored by Prof. dr. Constantinus Politis, Prof. dr. Reinhilde Jacobs, dr. Michel Bila, and Jeroen Van Dessel.