b.1 May 1938 d.16 September 2011
MD Copenhagen(1963) FRCP(1997)
Heine Høi Hansen was professor of clinical oncology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a pioneer in the field of lung cancer research. He was born in Holstebro, Denmark, the son of Gustav Hansen and Jytte Høi Hansen, and studied medicine at the University of Copenhagen, gaining his MD in 1963. He held training posts in internal medicine at Copenhagen Municipal Hospital and Copenhagen County Hospital.
In 1967 he went to the USA, first to study haematology at Montefiore Hospital in New York. He then trained in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, Washington DC. From 1970 to 1972 he was a cancer research internist at the National Cancer Institute. He then became assistant chief of the medical oncology branch.
In 1973 he returned to Denmark, as a senior medical internist in the medical department P and C, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen. Three years later, he became chief of the chemotherapy department R II-V, Finsen Institute, Copenhagen. From 1983 to 1989 he was chief of the department of oncology ONB, Finsen Institute. He was then appointed physician-in-chief of the department of oncology, Rigshospitalet/Finsen Institute. From 1994 he was director of the Finsen Center, the National University Hospital, Copenhagen. He also held consultant clinical appointments at the Bispebjerg, Frederiksborg County and Næstved hospitals.
He wrote more than 300 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals, almost entirely on lung cancer. He edited the Textbook of medical oncology (London, Dunitz, 1997) and two editions of the Textbook of lung cancer (London, Martin Dunitz, 2000; London, Informa Healthcare, 2008).
He was one of the founders of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), becoming president of the organisation (from 1988 and 1991) and later executive director. He was a founding editor of the IASLC journal Lung Cancer and editor-in-chief from 1985 to 2005. He also helped establish the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), was president (from 1997 to 1997), executive director (1998 to 2001) and editor of the official ESMO journal Annals of Oncology. Under his leadership the organisation grew in size, established a new office in Lugano and added new staff, while Annals of Oncology became one of the leading journals in oncology.
Hansen was particularly interested in involving Central and Eastern European countries in the work of ESMO. He also helped outline a global curriculum for medical oncology and actively promoted ESMO clinical practice guidelines designed to establish the best standard of cancer care.
He gained many awards during his career, including the ESMO Award, the Hagedorn Award, the IASLC Distinguished Service Award, and the IALSC and ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997.
Hansen died at his home in Copenhagen after a short illness and was survived by his wife Lise and children, Thomas and Marie.
[Ann Oncol (2012) 23 (2): 283-284; International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Membership September 2011 Heine Hoi Hansen www.iaslc.org/membership/newsletters/september-2011 – accessed 15 August 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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