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Evandro de Azambuja



Jules Bordet Institute

Evandro de Azambuja, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Medical Support Team (Academic Promoting Team) located at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Belgium, where he is responsible for the continuous supervision of 4-5 research fellows and the medical supervision of large phase III clinical trials. He is also the MDT coordinator for Breast Cancer at the Jules Bordet.

Dr. de Azambuja earned his first PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, in May 2007 and his second PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B) in December 2015.

His principal interest in medical oncology is breast cancer, especially in the adjuvant/neoadjuvant settings. He is deeply involved in the conduct of large phase III trials in breast cancer (some of them practice changing in breast cancer) such as HERA (adjuvant trastuzumab), ALTTO (trastuzumab and/or  lapatinib), APHINITY (trastuzumab with or without pertuzumab), Alexandra (adjuvant atezolizumab in triple negative breast cancer), Olympia (adjuvant Olaparib) and –in the neoadjuvant setting -the LORELEI trial which tested the efficacy of PI3K inhibition in combination with endocrine therapy(Global PI). He is also greatly engaged in studies concerning cancer toxicity of new drugs in oncology as well as in long-term follow-up of patients enrolled in clinical trials with focus in cardiotoxicity. Within the latter context, he was a co-author of guidelines on treatment-related cardiac toxicity by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Society of  Cardiology (ESC) and has been acting as ESC Council Member for cardio-oncology for the past few years. He was past chair of the survivorship task force of the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO).

In the past years of the pandemic, Dr. de Azambuja has been  actively involved in accumulating knowledge on the impact of COVID-19 in patients with cancer and has lead a collaboration between BSMO and the Belgian governmental institution Sciensano.  He was also able to conduct a database of nearly 1,000 patients with  cancer and COVID-19 infection in Belgium, which will be the basis of an international collaboration between BSMO and the ESMO CoCARE registry.  In addition, he launched a prospective clinical trial testing the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in patients with cancer (solid and haematologic diseases), which is currently recruiting in Belgium and will soon start in Portugal (I-SPARC).

Dr. de Azambuja was a member of the ESMO Executive Board (2018), and currently serves as an ESMO Council Member (since 2019) and the Chair of the ESMO Fellowship Committee (mandate started in January 2018).  He  was  a  member  of  the  ESMO  Young  Oncologists Committee (YOC) and the ESMO Press & Media Affairs Committee.  He  is  also a  faculty member of the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme launched in 2016-2017 and Co-Chair of this Programme since 2018.  He was appointed as the Chair of the ESMO Leadership Generation Task Force in January 2019.  He served as ESMO Breast Faculty Member for the period 2017-2021.  He was a Board Member  of  the  Belgian  Society  of  Medical  Oncology (BSMO) 2015-2019.

Dr. de Azambuja is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the  Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO).  He was an Editorial Board Member Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) 2013-2019, and is currently an Editorial Board Member of “ESMO Open –Cancer Horizons”.  He has also acted as a reviewer for different journals in oncology. 

He has (co)-authored about 255 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters. He has been a member of Education and Scientific Committees of the ESMO, ESMO Breast, EBCC and ECCO meetings and invited international speaker in different conferences and countries.

Last update: May 2022

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