Section Oncology, Dept Internal Medicine
Dr Strasser, MD, ABHPM, graduated in1990 and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is also board certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine as a palliative care specialist. He trained in Switzerland and also worked for 2 years (2000-2002) at MD Anderson Cancer Center Palliative Care Service in Houston. Since 2002, he has been working in the Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen, Switzerland, where he is Head of Oncological Palliative Medicine and responsible for the clinical and research activities in oncological palliative care for both in - and outpatients.
His main areas of research have been cachexia and fatigue as consequences of advanced cancer and the integration of oncology, psychosocial and end-of-life aspects of palliative care into the daily practice through symptom monitoring and a shared care culture.
Apart from being involved at Swiss national level in palliative care and oncology, Dr Strasser is an active member of societies such as the European Association of Palliative Care, the European Society for Medical Oncology, ESMO (Chair of the Palliative Care Working Group), ASCO (involvement in palliative care activities) and MASCC. He supports research activities and clinical development of fellows from developing countries (such as India, Bulgaria, Romania). Currently he is also an Associate Professor of Oncological Palliative Medicine in St.Gallen.
Dr Strasser has authored or co-authored over 50 papers and has given numerous lectures at international meetings.