Young Oncologists Committee member
Medical University of Vienna
Department of Internal Medicine I & Comprehensive Cancer Center
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your career so far
Matthias: After high school I spent one year as visiting student at the University of South-western Louisiana, (USL) in Lafayette, USA. Then I returned to Austria and completed my MD degree at the University of Vienna. I worked for four years as fellow in Neuropathology at the Institute of Neurology, Medical University Vienna and then completed my training in Internal Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine I/Oncology, Medical University of Vienna. In 2011, I spent a 6 month research fellowship at the University of Heidelberg/German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ).
What is your main area of interest?
I have a special interest in Neurooncology and am part of several international research groups including the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Brain Tumour Group.
How do you spend your time?
I work as specialist in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Vienna. I am involved in clinical patient care, academic research and teaching of medical students. I run several translational and clinical research projects on primary and secondary brain tumours and coordinate the Internal Medicine training program at our university.
Could you tell us why you chose to become a medical oncologist?
I am fascinated and at the same time intimidated by the biology and course of cancer and want to contribute to fighting and eventually curing this devastating disease- both in the patients of today (by providing clinical care) and the patients of tomorrow (by doing research).
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
The involvement with ESMO provides me with the possibility to work and interact with international colleagues. I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the development of medical oncology in Europe through working on the projects of the Young Oncologists Committee. A strong network of well trained, committed and scientifically active young oncologists is necessary to maintain and further develop high quality cancer care in Europe.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
As Aristotle said: The whole is more than the sum of its parts.