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Eric Van Cutsem

Eric Van Cutsem

Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD   
University Hospitals Leuven

Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD, is professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, since 2000. He is head of the division of Digestive Oncology at the University Hospitals Gasthuisberg Leuven (UZ Leuven) and University of Leuven (KUL).

Professor Van Cutsem became doctor honoris causa of the Medical University of Warsaw, Poland in June 2018. He is member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine since 2015 and president of the Belgian Foundation Against Cancer since October 2016.
Prof Van Cutsem obtained his medical degree in 1983 from the University of Leuven, where he specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology and he was awarded his PhD in 1994. 

Prof Van Cutsem has published 547 peer-reviewed articles (PubMed, Jan 2019), 1114 articles in Web of Science, Thomson Reuters (h-factor: 114; >61700 citations). His work has been published in the most respected publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Lancet Oncology, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, European Journal of Cancer, British Journal of Cancer, and Gastroenterology.
In 2013, Prof Van Cutsem was mentioned in Capital (a French magazine) amongst the top 3 reputed colon cancer experts in the world and is mentioned in Thomson Reuters within the 1% highest impact in his domain ( He also coordinates several European and worldwide trials investigating new drugs for gastrointestinal cancer and he serves on many steering committee and advisory boards.
Prof Van Cutsem is a member of several scientific organizations. He is/was a member of the scientific program committee and/or educational committee of ASCO, ASCO-GI cancers symposium, ESMO, UEG, and ECCO. He served for ESMO as executive board member from 2011 to 2013 and since 2014 is on the ESMO press committee. He was secretary from 2000 to 2003, chair of the EORTC-GI group from 2003 to 2007, and is chairman of PETACC (Pan-European Trials on Adjuvant Colon Cancer) since 2008. He was board member of the EORTC from 2009 to 2015 and is president of European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO) as well as co-chairman of the European Neuro-Endocrine Tumour Society (ENETS) registry. 
He was chairman of the governmental colon cancer prevention task force in Flanders, Belgium and was president of BGDO (Belgian Group Digestive Oncology) from 2010 to 2016. He was president of FAPA (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Association) until 2016 and is now vice-president of FAPA and is member of the general assembly of Kom tegen Kanker (Flemish Cancer League). He is medical director of Europacolon (a patient advocacy group).
Prof Van Cutsem is the founder of (1999) and is also the chair of the scientific committee of the ESMO GI/World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in Barcelona, Spain (in partnership with ESMO since 2005), which is the largest meeting on GI cancer with >3500 participants.

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18 September 2019

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