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European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) Awards

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award - Professor Cornelis van de Velde

Prof. van de Velde is presently Professor of Surgical Oncology at the Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.

During the opening session of ESSO 38, Professor Cornelis van de Velde will be presented the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his outstanding contribution to the advancement of surgical oncology and his commitment to the mission and vision of ESSO towards quality of cancer care for all cancer patients. Professor van de Velde is a pioneer in cancer research and founded several ground-breaking studies which radically changed the treatment of patients who are suffering from gastric, colorectal or breast cancer.
Cornelis Jan Hadde van de Velde, born in The Netherlands on June 5, 1951, is married and has 2 children. He received a PhD (cum laude) in breast cancer in 1977. He received his training at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden and at the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston in surgery and surgical oncology until 1982. In 1985 he was a visiting Professor at the Seoul National University Hospital in Korea and at the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He was made a full clinical Professor of Surgery at the Leiden University Medical Center in 1988. In 1999 he was made a Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (London) and Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians (Glasgow). Prof. van de Velde’s primary areas of research interests include breast, colorectal, gastric cancer and endocrine tumors. He is a Coordinator of Oncology at the Leiden University Medical Center and is a member of a number of committees there. Prof. van de Velde is also Chairman of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences. He founded and was the first Chairman of the Dutch Colorectal Cancer Group, the Dutch Gastric Cancer Group and the Dutch Breast Cancer Group. He was President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology from 2008 to 2010 and of the European CanCer Organisation in 2012-2013.
Prof. van de Velde was supervisor of more than 50 Ph.D. theses, coordinator of 14 projects of the Netherlands Cancer Foundation (3 present), coordinator of 6 Health Insurance Fund Projects (Liver metastases, follow up, gastric cancer surgery, gastric cancer chemotherapy, rectal cancer surgery, radiotherapy and blood transfusion), coordinator of 6 European randomized breast cancer studies and coordinator of 4 European randomized colorectal cancer studies. Translational research on minimal residual disease and biomarkers that determine prognosis, genomic and proteomic profiling of tumors is the present focus of research of his team.  Prof. van de Velde has presently authored more than 600 publications.

Prof. van de Velde's Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture is at 12.10 on Wednesday 10th October 2018 during the ESSO 38 Opening Ceremony in Budapest, Hungary.

2018 ESSO Medal - Professor Han-Kwang Yang 

Han-Kwang YANG, MD, PhD, FACS, Hon ASA, ESA & JSES

Chairman & Professor, Department of Surgery, at Seoul National University Hospital & Seoul National University College of Medicine

Director, Gastric Cancer Center, Seoul National University Hospital

The ESSO Medal will be awarded to Professor Han-Kwang Yang to acknowledge his contribution to surgical oncology, his leadership in clinical practice and his international reputation, being instrumental in setting boundaries with colleagues from all over the world. It will also give us the opportunity to acknowledge the open and constructive cooperation between ESSO and KSSO.

Dr. Yang is involved in several large scale RCT’s for gastric cancer treatment. He is Korean PI of REGATTA study (Phase III study for the role of gastrectomy in stage IV gastric cancer with a single incurable factor; a collaboratory study between JCOG and KGCA). He is investigators of CLASSIC trial, KLASS trials as well as the Korean PI of a phase II study for the role of neoadjuvant imatinib treatment in large gastric GIST (a collaborator study between Japan and Korea). He is the founding chairman of KLASS (Korean Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery Study Group). His translational research interests are gastric carcinogenesis, DDS, familial gastric cancer, biomarkers and developing PDX model for gastric cancer. He is Chairman of Board of directors Korean Society of Surgical Oncology, executive council member of IGCA, Honorary fellow of American Surgical Association, Honorary member of European Surgical Association, Honorary International Fellow of Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgery and a member of Korea Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). He is editor or editorial member of The Journal of Gastric Cancer (official journal of International Gastric Cancer Association), Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery, Annals of Surgery, World Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Yang gave over 230 invited lectures to international meetings and oversea institutes with occasional live demonstration of gastrectomy (open, laparoscopic or robotic).

Prof. Han-Kwang Yang's ESSO Medal Award Lecture is at 10.10 on Thursday 11th October 2018 during the ESSO 38 Presidential Address in Budapest, Hungary.


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