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Dr E. Dekker (1967) has been appointed professor of Gastrointestinal Oncology, specialising in screening and diagnosing colorectal carcinoma, at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA).

Prof Evelien Dekker
Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans

Evelien Dekker obtained her PhD at the UvA and did her medical training to qualify as a junior doctor, internist and subsequently a gastroenterologist at the Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC) and OLVG hospital. Dekker has worked as a gastroenterologist since 2005, a position she has combined with that of primary investigator in the Gastroenterology department of the AMC since 2009. Her clinical duties primarily engage her in the field of gastroenterology-oncology and as head of the outpatient clinic for hereditary intestinal tumours. Furthermore, she is a member of the board of Procolo, an innovative centre of expertise for colonoscopy.

Colon cancer is a key focus of Dekker's research, and her research group studies the screening methods for intestinal cancer, the quality and advanced technical developments within colonoscopy, the treatment of intestinal polyps and the early stages of intestinal cancer, and hereditary intestinal cancer and polyposis syndromes. Dekker is a member of several working groups of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), which is tasked with implementing the national population study of intestinal cancer. Dekker is also the chair of the Dutch Colonoscopy Surveillance Guideline Committee, a member of the same guideline committee at the European level and a member of the Dutch Hereditary Intestinal Cancer Guideline Committee.

Dekker has been awarded many research grants, including grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW),  the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijding) and the Maag Lever Darm Stichting (MLDS). Following a public vote in 2012, Dekker was a awarded a grant from the MLDS for the project ‘Family Matters’, a project for the early detection of people with a hereditary risk of contracting intestinal cancer. In 2013 Dekker was awarded, together with Ernst Kuipers (Erasmus MC), the ZonMw Pearl for her intensive involvement and close cooperation in the preparations for the national population study of intestinal cancer.

Dekker is a member of the advisory council of the scientific journal Nature Reviews in Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Dekker has written numerous articles in prominent scientific journals such as Lancet Oncology, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Journal of Gastroenterology and Gut.