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Gilbert Zulian (CH)

Gilbert Zulian received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva in Switzerland in 1981. He achieved his medical doctorate in 1985 with a thesis on Hodgkin’s disease. He fulfilled his post-graduate training to obtain the FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum) specialty in internal medicine at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). After a clinical fellowship in cancer medicine at the Royal Marsden Hospital, he completed the FMH specialty in medical oncology and the ESMO board certification in 1994 to then confront cancer medicine with the reality of the aging of the cancer population and obtain the FMH specialty in geriatric medicine in 2002.

He thus developed a local program of geriatric oncology at HUG, perhaps best called onco-geriatrics, being involved as an external expert in the setting of the geriatric oncology program lead by the Institut National du Cancer (INCA) in France which resulted in the mapping of France with joint units of geriatric medicine and cancer medicine. But with a significant part of the cancer patient population unfortunately dying too early, despite the many treatments and the best of care they received, he turned his interests towards the development of palliative medicine. He is at present head of the division of palliative medicine and chief of the department of readaptation and palliative medicine at HUG and is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University in charge of palliative medicine.

He is editor-in-chief of the Revue Internationale de Soins Palliatifs and member of the editorial board of the Revue Suisse de Médecine, of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology and of the Journal d’Onco-Gériatrie. He is member of several professional societies, a founding member SIOG and of the Fédération Internationale de Soins Palliatifs, the current chairman of the ESMO Faculty group Elderly and the vice-president of the Swiss Cancer League.

His current professional interests focus on subjects related to aging, cancer, ethics and end-of-life of the human beings.

November 17, 2018
4:30pm to 5:30pm SIOG/MASCC joint session: Supportive care in older adults with cancer in 2018 - What does it look like? Plenary Room Andrew Davies (GB), Christopher Steer (AU), Annie Young (CA), Gilbert Zulian (CH)