Young Oncologists Committee member
|Address||Martin Luther University of Halle|
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your career so far
Karin: I graduated from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. I have done internships in the bone-marrow transplantation program at the University of California in San Diego in USA, and in general surgery in Whitehaven (University of Newcastle) in UK. I then had a number of posts at the University Hospital in Halle, and at the Bernward Hospital in Hildesheim, both in Germany. In 2007, I was appointed as a specialist in internal medicine, and in 2010 as a haematologist/oncologist. Today, I am Associate Professor of Medical Oncology and Supportive Care in the Department of Oncology/Haematology in Halle, at the University Hospital.
What are your main interests?
My principal area of interest is supportive care with a special focus on anti-emetic prophylaxis and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and side effects of new drugs.
What are your most important achievements?
I’m the Co-Chair of Supportive Care within the German Society of Medical Oncology (AIO) and Associate Chair of the German Association of Supportive Care in Oncology, Rehabilitation and Social Medicine (ASORS). Since 2009 I have been the Vice Executive Director of the ethics committee at the University of Halle. Within ESMO, I have served as a member of the ESMO Consensus Panel 2008 on the treatment of testicular cancer, the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer MASCC/ESMO Anti-emetic Guideline Consensus Panel 2009 in Perugia, and the ESMO Consensus Panel 2010 on the treatment of colorectal cancer.
And your plans for the future?
Within our society we will plan the “S3 Evidence Based Guidelines on Supportive Therapy in oncologic patients” for the Oncology Guideline Program within the German Cancer Society.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
ESMO pays particular attention to recruiting individuals in the early stages of their medical careers. To be involved with ESMO gives me the great opportunity to work in internationally established guideline groups. ESMO offers an excellent opportunity for Young medical oncologists to work together in an international setting to improve and standardize patient care globally and provide very good networking opportunities.