Emiel J.t. Rutgers MD, PhD, FRCS
Dr E.J.T. Rutgers has been named professor by special appointment in Surgical Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr E.J.T. Rutgers (1955) has been named professor by special appointment in Surgical Oncology, in particular in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA). This chair has been created by the Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital ( NKI/AvL).
Emiel Rutgers was educated as a general surgeon in the former St. Joseph hospital in Eindhoven. He has worked as a surgical oncologist at the NKI/AvL since 1987, until 1989 as a fellow and thereafter as a staff member. He has been head of the surgery department since November 2006, and an instructor since January 2007.
From early on in his training, Rutgers took a special interest in oncology, and in particular in breast and lung cancer. He obtained his doctorate in 1986 with a thesis entitled De nacontrole van vrouwen behandeld voor borstkanker aan de University of Amsterdam (The follow-up of women treated for breast cancer at the University of Amsterdam), under the supervision of Prof. E.A. van Slooten. Rutgers's striving for optimal care for patients with breast cancer has led him to take on various functions, including chairmanships of the Breast Cancer Group of the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer (2003-2006), the NKI/AvL breast cancer group (from 1993 onwards), the IKA Breast Cancer Work Group (from 1996 onwards), and the Dutch National Guidelines Working Group for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. He is president of the 6th European Breast Cancer Conference in Berlin (to take place in April 2008).