ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award

The prestigious ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2006 to recognise international research by individuals, teams and organisations that demonstrate commitment to clinical cancer research and/or education. It is awarded as a recognition for outstanding lifetime achievements in oncology.

2017 - José Baselga, USA

The ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to José Baselga during the ESMO 2017 Congress.

José Baselga is the Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. His long-standing research interests are in the development of targeted agents for the treatment of breast cancer, as well as strategies to overcome mechanisms of resistance. His pivotal laboratory and clinical studies led to the approval of trastuzumab, pertuzumab and everolimus, among other therapies, and his current work focuses on targeting PI3K and deciphering mechanisms of resistance to anti-oestrogen therapies.

Baselga was previously Chief of the Division of Haematology / Oncology, Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Centre, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also past president of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), past president of ESMO, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).


I am deeply touched by the honour.This highly prestigious award has a unique personal dimension since I have had the privilege to serve this wonderful and vibrant society for many years and I fully support its critical role.

José Baselga, 2017 ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award winner

On behalf of the ESMO Fellowship and Award Committee, Christoph Zielinski said: “José Baselga is a true giant of modern oncology. He has not only contributed immensely to clinical research, but has had remarkable success in the translation of that science into patient benefit.”

Read the press release: ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award Honours José Baselga

Previous winners ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2016 - Richard Peto, United Kingdom
  • 2015 - Nagahiro Saijo, Japan
  • 2014 - Peter Boyle, France
  • 2013 – Franco Cavalli, Switzerland
  • 2012 – European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Belgium
  • 2011 - Hans Jörg Senn, Switzerland
  • 2010 - Alan H. Calvert, United Kingdom
  • 2009 - Alan Ashworth, United Kingdom
  • 2008 - Emili Montserrat, Spain
  • 2007 - Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI)
  • 2006 - Breast International Group (BIG)