Tanja Cufer, MD, PhD is a medical oncologist, Professor of Oncology at the Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a Senior Councillor at the University Clinic Golnik, Slovenia. She gained her medical degree and PhD in oncology from the University of Ljubljana and subsequently completed her fellowship at Stanford University, California, USA and The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Dr Cufer’s major scientific interests are breast cancer, lung cancer and the molecular biology of cancer. She plays an active role in new drug development and academic research in oncology, and she has been the principal investigator in more than 30 multinational clinical trials. Dr Cufer received a lifetime achievement award from the Medical Chamber of Slovenia in 2011. Her professional work has resulted in almost 40 invited lectures at many prestigious oncology conferences and she is the author of more than 250 articles, books and book chapters in the field of oncology. She is also a member of several editorial boards and a reviewer for numerous international medical journals.
Dr Cufer is very active in various national and international societies. She has been an ASCO and ESMO member since nineties. She has been serving as an ASCO International Affairs Committee (IAC) chair in the period 2011-2012 and ASCO International Clinical Trials Workshops working group chair in the period 2013-2014. In the period 2009-2012 she was the chair the EORTC Breast Cancer and in the period of 2006–2009 she served as a member of the EORTC board. After being a member of the ESMO/ASCO Global Curriculum Working Group for two years, in 2019 she is taking over the position of the chair of the Global Curriculum Working Group.