Dirk Schadendorf has been the Director of the Department of Dermatology (since 2008), as well as at the West German Cancer Center at the University Hospital Essen (since 2013). In 1986 he received his license to practice medicine and obtained postdoctoral training in Tumour Immunology at MSKCC in New York. After six years at the University Hospital Rudolf Virchow, Berlin, he became assistant professor for Dermatology in 1994. Pr Schadendorf was appointed Associate Professor for Dermato-Oncology at Mannheim University Hospital, University of Heidelberg, and Head of Skin Cancer Unit, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg where he is currently involved in more than 30 clinical studies. He is the current president of the German DeCOG and chair-elect of the EORTC Melanoma Group.