Professor J. Jan B. van Lanschot

J.J.B. (Jan) van Lanschot (1953) is currently Professor of Surgery at the Erasmus Medical Centre and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Adelaide, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Stockholm.

He qualified from the University of Utrecht (1980) and trained at the University Hospital Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (1982-1988), where he wrote his academic thesis on “Metabolic gas exchange in critically ill surgical patients”.

He spent one year as a basic research fellow with Professor Douglas Wilmore at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA). From 1989 to 1992 he was assistant professor at the University Hospital Rotterdam-Dijkzigt, where he had a postgraduate training in upper GI surgery and in colorectal surgery. In 1993 he became associate professor of surgery in the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam where he was appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology in 1999.

In 2007 he returned to the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam where he became chairman of the Department of Surgery (2007-2012).

He has held / holds a variety of managerial and executive positions both locally and (inter-) nationally including program director for Surgical Training at the AMC in Amsterdam, chairman of the Dutch Society of GI Surgery, board member of the Dutch Society of Surgery, chairman of European Digestive Surgery, chairman of the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, and secretary general of the European Surgical Association.

He is editorial board member of several scientific journals, including British Journal of Surgery, Digestive Surgery, Diseases of the Esophagus and World Journal of Surgery.

He is honorary member of the Dutch Society of GI Surgery, the Polish Society of Surgical Oncology, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery, the Murcian Society of General and Visceral Surgery, the Brazilian College of Digestive Surgery, the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He received named honorary medals of the Dutch Society of Gastroenterology (Frieda den Hartog Jager award), the Swedish Society of Medicine and Surgery (Bengt Ihre award), the Catalan Society of Surgery (Gimbernat award) and the Royal College in Ireland (Colles medal).

His research interests currently lie mainly in the field of oesophago-gastric surgery and particularly upper GI cancers. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed articles and more than 50 books / book chapters.