Jacek Jassem, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy and Head of the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy at the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. He received his MD and PhD from the Medical University of Gdańsk and undertook training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and the National Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He is a past chairman of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Breast Cancer Group and the EORTC Executive Committee, the chairman of the Central and East European Oncology Group, past chairman of the ASCO International Affairs Committee and a past president of the Polish Oncological Society. He is a member of the Academia Europea, European Academy of Cancer Sciences, and the Polish Academy of Art and Sciences. He served in the executive boards of ESTRO and ESMO. He has been actively involved in a number of different editorial boards including Lancet Oncology, the European Journal of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Reviews, Radiotherapy and Oncology and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
His main scientific interests are medical oncology, specifically lung and breast cancer, combined modality treatment with chemotherapy and radiation, as well as molecular oncology. He has authored or co-authored over 800 full articles, books and book chapters in these fields. The cumulated impact factor of his full publications is 1975, with over 15,600 citations and h-index of 50. He has claimed or licensed 11 patents and directed 19 basic science and clinical-related PhD thesis. He is the recipient of a number of Polish and international scientific awards.
Prof. Jassem has been involved with nationwide public health initiatives, such as authoring the Polish anti-tobacco legislation to limit smoking in public places (introduced by Parliament in 2010) and the coordination of Cancer Control Strategy for Poland 2015–2024.