Prof Theodoor Wiggers
Theo Wiggers worked for 16 years in the Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center (DDHCC) and the University Hospital Rotterdam as the Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology. In June 2000, he continued his professional career as a Professor in Surgical Oncology at the University Medical Center Groningen (for several years also as the Chairman of the Department). He is consultant for the Comprehensive Cancer Center North in the Netherlands and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng.). His main interest has been in pelvic and colorectal surgery coordinating several prospective clinical studies such as the No-touch isolation technique in colon cancer and the Dutch Total Mesorectal Excision trial.
For many years, Theo Wiggers was co-editor of the European Journal of Surgery and presently he is a member of the advisory board of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology. He served as the treasurer of the Board of the European Society of Surgical Oncology for many years and developed a masterclass in colorectal cancer surgery that he is still co-chairing. In 2010 he received the ESSO Award as a result of his extraordinary efforts to improve the outcome of colorectal cancer patients.