European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) Awards 2020

Lifetime achievement award for 2020-2021: Prof. Dr. Riccardo Audisio (IT)

The lifetime achievement award was conferred to Professor Audisio on 8th of November 2021, during the ESSO 40 Congress in Lisbon. 

Riccardo A. Audisio was born in Milan, graduated in Padua (1980) and specialized in General Surgery (University of Verona-1985) and in Radiology (University of Milan-1994).

Trained at the National Cancer Institute of Milan (1980-94) he was appointed deputy director at the Department of General Surgery, European Institute of Oncology, Milan (1994-8). He moved to the UK in 1999 to become Consultant Surgical Oncologist and Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. As of February 2018, he is Professor at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Göteborg, Sweden.

Past Editor of Surgical Oncology, Elsevier Publisher (2007-13) he is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (2013-present). Author of 260 peer-reviewed publications and 36 book chapters, Professor Audisio edited 23 book projects and is a guest reviewer to 39 international scientific journals.

Professor Audisio is past-president of SIOG (International Society of Geriatric Oncology), BASO (British Association of Surgical Oncology) and ESSO (European Society of Surgical Oncology). He served as an advisor to the Department of Health, UK and to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer in Older Women. His clinical research focuses on Breast Cancer, Geriatric Oncology, Education/Certification in Surgical Oncology and the optimization of Surgical Oncology in Low/Middle-Income Countries.

ESSO medal for 2020-2021: Prof. Dr. Marjut Leidenius (FI)

The ESSO medal was presented to Professor Leidenius on 8th of November 2021, during the ESSO 40 Congress in Lisbon. 

Prof. Marjut Leidenius´ professional life has been fully dedicated to the advancement of surgical oncology and especially high-quality breast cancer surgery. She has had numerable activities in clinical practice, research, education and certification in this field.

As the President of UEMS Breast Surgery Division, Prof Leidenius launched UEMS European Board of Surgery examination in Breast Surgery in 2010. This examination has currently an established role in European certification in Breast Surgery. She has also collaborated in building and developing the Core Curriculum and the UEMS examination in Surgical Oncology

Prof. Leidenius has contributed the ESSO activities for 16 years, as a member in the Education and Training Committee, as a Board Member and from 2014 as the ESSO Honorary Secretary.  She is also the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters on different aspects of breast cancer.  

Marjut Leidenius gained her medical degree in 1983 and the PhD degree 1997 from Helsinki University, Finland. Currently, she is the Head of Breast Surgery, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki University Hospital.  She was nominated as Professor in Breast Surgery 2018.


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