Pieter E. Postmus, MD, PhD

Department of Medical Oncology, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Born in 1951 dr Postmus obtained his medical degree at the University of Groningen in 1976. He trained as a pulmonologist in the University Hospital of Groningen (1977-1981) and has been working as a clinician in the respiratory field with special focus on thoracic oncology since 1978.

The doctorate thesis “New approaches in small cell lung cancer” was defended in 1985. He became staff member of the department of pulmonary diseases at the University Hospital of Groningen from 1982 till 1992 starting the lung cancer research and the lung transplant programs in the Netherlands.

In 1992 he moved to Amsterdam and was appointed as head of department and professor of pulmonary diseases at the VU medisch centrum (VUmc) in 1992. During more than 2 decades research programs in thoracic oncology, pulmonary circulation and pneumothorax were developed.

The research in thoracic oncology focused on early detection, endobronchial therapy, staging procedures, testing and introducing new drugs and new combinations, brain metastases, and methods to communicate and inform patients and relatives. A large part of the results of this work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and text-books.

During his last 2 years at the VUmc he worked on Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome and recurrent pneumothorax.

An important aspect of the focus on thoracic oncology has always been the training of physicians in this area, resulting in many national and international courses.

He was the President of the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam 2011 and a Board Member of IASLC from 2003 till 2011. Currently he is Member of the ESMO Faculty for Lung and other Thoracic Tumours.

He chaired the ethical review board of VUmc from 2006-2010, and was president of the union of university medical specialists in the Netherlands from 1998 till 2004. He retired from VUmc in 2014.

The University of Liverpool appointed him as Honorary Chair of thoracic oncology in March 2015 and he worked as consultant in the NHS hospitals Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital till September 2017.

In October 2017 he became head of department and professor of pulmonary diseases at the LUMC.