Michiel Strijbos

Young Oncologists Committee member

Address Leuven University Hospitals


Strijbos Michiel

ESMO: Tell us a bit about your career so far

Michiel: I got my medical degree at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April 2005 and in October 2009 a PhD in Laboratory of Translational and Tumor Immunology at the Daniel den Hoed Cancer Centre in Rotterdam. I obtained my registration as a Medical Oncologist at the Leuven University in March 2014, while working at the largest university hospital in Belgium: Gasthuisberg.

What is your current activity?

I have been living and working in Belgium since 2009 and since spring 2014, I have been working in Antwerp at the AZ KLINA Hospitals, within the Iridium Cancer Network in Brasschaat. I am especially interested in the area of genitourinary cancers (prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma) and melanoma.

What motivates you?

I want to be closely involved in clinical trials in oncology, while at the same time, provide excellent medical care to my patients.

Why did you choose to become a medical oncologist?

I am attracted by the complexity of the disease, and its treatment makes it one of the most demanding and challenging jobs in the world.

What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?

It is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented and highly dedicated young oncologists. This allows us to form strong international bonds and help in performing clinical trials on a larger scale. Furthermore, working with colleagues from different parts of Europe provides the possibility to share knowledge on all aspects of cancer care.

Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?

Don’t be afraid to approach colleagues if you think they can help you become a better oncologist!