Prof. Dr. Alexander C. J. van Akkooi MD, PhDChair of Melanoma Surgical Oncology, Melanoma Institute Australia; Associate Professor of Melanoma Surgical Oncology, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Prof. Dr. Alexander van Akkooi is a board-certified surgical oncologist specializing in cutaneous oncology (melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, particularly Merkel Cell Carcinoma) at the Melanoma Institute Australia, University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is the immediate past-chairman of the EORTC (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer) Melanoma Group. Prof. Dr. van Akkooi has published over 225 peer-reviewed papers (H index 40) in high-impact journals, including NEJM, Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Cell, Nature Medicine, among others, and has presented at numerous international meetings. He is a member of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Society for Melanoma Research (SMR), and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Prof. Dr. van Akkooi was awarded his medical degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was a resident in general surgery at Maasstad Ziekenhuis in Rotterdam, and underwent residency training in surgical oncology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam and Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His PhD was awarded cum laude in 2011 from Erasmus University on the topic of "Sentinel Node Tumor Load Assessment in Melanoma: Dilemmas and Clinical Management."
Prof. Dr. van Akkooi is on the Advisory Board of and has received Consultancy Honoraria from Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MSD-Merck, Merck-Pfizer, Neracare, Novartis, Pierre Fabre, Provectus, Sanofi, Sirius Medical, 4SC. He also reports Research Grants from Amgen and Merck-Pfizer, which were all paid to his institute.
Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:
- ESMO 2020: Recommendations From Dr. Alex van Akkooi for Melanoma
- 5-Year Analysis of Adjuvant Dabrafenib/Trametinib in Stage III Melanoma
- Design and Testing of a Custom Melanoma NGS Panel for Analysis of ctDNA
- Prognostic Gene-Expression Profiling in Cutaneous Melanoma
- Frontline BRAF Testing–Guided Treatment for Advanced Melanoma in the Era of Immunotherapies
- Clinical and Prognostic Value of Tumor Volumetric Parameters in Melanoma Patients Undergoing 18F-FDG PET/CT
- Vitamin D Intake Is Associated With a Decreased Risk of ICI-Induced Colitis
- Surgery for Unresectable Melanoma in the Era of Novel Systemic Therapy
- Improved Risk Prediction Calculator for Sentinel Node Positivity in Melanoma
- ASCO: Response-Driven Surgery and Adjuvant Therapy After Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy for Stage III Melanoma