Surgical Oncology Section Visitors

Dr Alexander van Akkooi

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dr Alexander C.J. van Akkooi, MD, PhD was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on the 16th of April 1981 (38 years old). He has both American and Dutch nationalities. He is currently a staff consultant melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma surgical oncologist, practicing at the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (NCI-AVL) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands since 2015. He gained his MD itle in 2008 and obtained his PhD cum laude in 2011 on the thesis, “Sentinel Node Tumor Load Assessment in Melanoma: Dilemmas and Clinical Management”. Dr van Akkooi is the current Chairman of the Dutch Melanoma Tumor Focus Group (TFG) and the current Chairman of the EORTC (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer) Melanoma Group. He is the head of the NCI-AVL Skin Cancer and Melanoma Unit. Dr van Akkooi published over 100 peer-reviewed papers (H index 22) in some high impact journals (i.e. NEJM, Lancet, Lancet Oncol, Cell, Nature Med) and has presented at numerous
(international) meetings.

Assistant Professor Lesley Dosset

Ann Arbor, USA

Dr Lesly Dossett MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan. Dr Dossett earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2010. During a research fellowship, she was awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) training grant and obtained an MPH with a focus on epidemiology, patient centered outcomes, quality and policy. After completing residency, she entered active duty with the United States Navy where she served as a Staff Surgeon in various roles stateside and in combat operational zones. After completion of her military service, Dr Dossett completed clinical fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2016 where she has a clinical practice focusing on sarcoma, melanoma and breast cancer. Dr Dossett’s academic focus is on health care delivery and decision making, and the interface between primary care providers and cancer specialists. Her work is currently funded by a career development award through AHRQ. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of multiple professional societies including the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Society for Surgical Oncology, Academy Health and the Surgical Outcomes Club. (In association with the Section of Academic Surgery).