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B.L. van Leeuwen, MD, PhD is a professor in surgical oncology with the elderly patient as main interest. She was employed by the Dutch Cancer Foundation 2006-2008 as a clinical and research fellow in “cancer in the elderly”. As such she gained valuable working and research experience in Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Whiston Hospital in Liverpool and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA. She started work in the University Medical Center Groningen in September 2008 and was rewarded a tenure track fellowship by the University. Since then she has been the primary investigator in several clinical and preclinical studies. Her main research focal points are preoperative decision making, screening tools for frailty in elderly patients and the etiology and sequelae of postoperative functional decline in elderly patients. She is a member of the board and research taskforce of Gerionne (Geriatric Oncology in the Netherlands) and the Surgical ad-hoc Commitee of the  International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG).

1: Plas M, Rutgers A, van der Wal-Huisman H, de Haan JJ, Absalom AR, de Bock GH, van Leeuwen BL. The association between the inflammatory response to surgery and postoperative complications in older patients with cancer; a prospective prognostic factor study. J Geriatr Oncol. 2020 Feb 5. pii: S1879-4068(19)30447-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2020.01.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32035801.

2: Bras L, Driessen DAJJ, de Vries J, Festen S, van der Laan BFAM, van Leeuwen BL, de Bock GH, Halmos GB. Patients with head and neck cancer: Are they frailer than patients with other solid malignancies? Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2020 Jan;29(1):e13170. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13170. Epub 2019 Sep 30. PubMed PMID:31571340.

3: Montroni I, Rostoft S, Spinelli A, Van Leeuwen BL, Ercolani G, Saur NM, Jaklitsch MT, Somasundar PS, de Liguori Carino N, Ghignone F, Foca F, Zingaretti C, Audisio RA, Ugolini G; SIOG surgical task force/ESSO GOSAFE study group. GOSAFE - Geriatric Oncology Surgical Assessment and Functional rEcovery after Surgery: early analysis on 977 patients. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Sep 3. pii:S1879-4068(19)30168-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2019.06.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31492572.

4: Plas M, de Haan JJ, van der Wal-Huisman H, Rutgers A, Absalom AR, de Bock GH, van Leeuwen BL. The systemic impact of a surgical procedure in older oncological patients. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2009 Aug;45(8):1403-1409. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2019.04.024. Epub 2019 May 3. PubMed PMID: 31104780. 

5: Festen S, Kok M, Hopstaken JS, van der Wal-Huisman H, van der Leest A, ReynersAKL, de Bock GH, de Graeff P, van Leeuwen BL. How to incorporate geriatric assessment in clinical decision-making for older patients with cancer. An implementation study. J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Nov;10(6):951-959. doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2019.04.006. Epub 2019 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 31031193.