Young Oncologists Committee Chair
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester
Department of Medical Oncology
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your career so far
Raffaele: I was awarded a Degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Specialist Diploma in Medical Oncology from the University of Perugia, in Italy. I then moved to the United Kingdom where I worked, for four years, as a Clinical Research Fellow with the Lung and Melanoma Team at The Christie in Manchester. I was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Christie and University Hospital of South Manchester in spring 2012.
How do you spend your time at work?
I work as a Consultant Medical Oncologist with a special interest in thoracic oncology. I am actively involved in clinical research and have been the investigator for several clinical trials in lung cancer and melanoma. I am also involved in formal teaching and educational activities for medical students, postgraduates and allied health professionals.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
Being part of the Young Oncologists Committee is to me a privilege, but also a great responsibility. The field of oncology is changing rapidly and it is extremely important to nurture the new generation of oncologists. We want to listen to the voice and the needs of young oncologists in order to design tailored activities to improve their skills and help them in their careers.
And your plans for the future?
I want to deliver the best available care to my patients, while continuing to be involved in clinical research and education. I want to support development of young oncologists in training and facilitate the creation of an international network of oncologists for future collaboration for research and educational activities.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
Get involved with ESMO activities and make the most of it! I am fully aware that training and educational opportunities are different across Europe. For this reason, we want to give more and more opportunities to motivated colleagues through fellowships, visits and educational grants.