Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSci, was the recipient of MASCC’s Distinguished Service Award for 2015. The Award recognizes meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the Society and its mission. Candidates are nominated by their peers in recognition of exemplary leadership and accomplishments in supporting the Society’s mission.
Jørn Herrstedt is an internationally recognized oncologist whose dedication to MASCC’s mission and goals has contributed to the Society’s global visibility and impact. He has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to integrate his clinical and scientific expertise, along with exceptional leadership skills, to further the aims of MASCC around the world. Jørn is known for his keen intellect, a gift for leadership, and an ability to bring individuals together to work toward a common goal.
Jørn served as MASCC’s President from 2008 to 2010 and has served two terms on its Board of Directors, from 1999 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2015. He has twice chaired the Annual Meeting (2001 and 2015), in which capacity he has excelled in soliciting a large number of quality presentations as well as securing financial sponsorships. Jørn has been a key author in the development and publication of the MASCC/ESMO Guidelines on Antiemetics and has been instrumental in promoting the MASCC-ISOO alliance. A role model for the next generation of oncologists and other health professionals committed to supportive care, he has served as a mentor to many new MASCC members, including PhD students, nurses, and young oncologists.
Associate Editor-in-Chief of Supportive Care in Cancer, Jørn has also been a lead and co-author on numerous scientific papers detailing advances in supportive care, particularly with respect to chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. He also serves on the Editorial Board of European Oncology and Hematology and has served on the Advisory Board of Acta Oncologica and as a reviewer for numerous international journals.
Other Professional Activities
Jørn Herrstedt is currently Chief Consultant and Professor in Clinical Oncology, Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark, and the University of Southern Denmark. His international affiliations and appointments include the following: Coordinator of the ESMO Faculty on Supportive and Palliative Care (present); Clinical Trials Unit, Nordic Society for Gynecologic Oncology – NSGO (present); Board Member, NSGO; Steering Committee, MASCC and ESMO Antiemetic Guidelines Group (present); Chair of ESMO Supportive Care Guidelines (present).
Jørn has helped lead the way, on a global scale, in advocating expert, evidence-based supportive care in cancer. He is well known as an effective and inspiring speaker, who has delivered more than 60 invited international oral presentations at meetings such as ASCO, ESMO, ECCO, MASCC, IASLC, UICC, the World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, and the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition to twice serving as Chair of MASCC’s Annual Meeting, he has served as a member of numerous other international conference committees, including ESMO and ECCO.