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Prof Dr Eric Van Cutsem

Eric Van Cutsem is Professor of Medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and Head of Digestive Oncology at the Leuven University Hospital. After starting as a medical doctor at KU Leuven in 1983, he specialised in Internal Medicine Gastroenterology, and later in Gastrointestinal Oncology, at University Hospitals Leuven, with training periods in Switzerland, the UK, the US and the Netherlands. He gained his PhD from KU Leuven.

Professor Van Cutsem coordinates several European and worldwide trials investigating new drugs for gastrointestinal cancer and is a senior researcher for the National Fund for Scientific Research, a position he has held since 2003. He has received numerous awards, including (but not limited to) the Claude Jacquillat Award for Achievement in Clinical Oncology and the San Salvatore Award for Cancer Research. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine. He is involved with numerous international societies, serving as President of the Belgian Foundation Against Cancer; board member of the Leuven Cancer Institute; Chair of Pan-European Trials on Adjuvant Colon Cancer (PETACC); Co-Chair of the European Neuro-Endocrine Tumour Society (ENETS) registry; Past-President of Belgian Group Digestive Oncology (BGDO); Vice-President of the General Assembly of the Flemish Cancer League; founder and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)/GI World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer; and Medical Director of Europacolon, a patient advocacy group. In addition, he is a member of the ESMO Press Committee, and the Scientific Committee, General Assembly and Public Affairs Committee of United European Gastroenterology. He is a frequent reviewer of oncological journals and served as Associate Editor of European Journal of Cancer and Targeted Oncology until 2013. He has authored nearly 500 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in books on gastrointestinal cancer.