Professor M. Tezer Kutluk, MD PhD graduated from Hacettepe University Medical School, Turkey in 1981. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow and Fulbright scholar at MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA (1992- 94). He is a member of ASCO and SIOP. He had served as a leading healthcare executive at Hacettepe University; the Director of Oncology Hospital (1999-2008), President of Institute of Oncology (2004-2008), Member of Senate (2000-2011) and CEO of Hacettepe University Hospitals (2008-2011). He has had long term experience of NGO management in the roles of UICC-Board Member (2008-2012), President of Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control, (2004-2012), UICC Membership Committee Chair (2010-2012) and President of European Cancer Leagues ECL (2009-2011).
As a practising academic paediatric oncologist, scientist and healthcare executive, I have observed very closely the difficulties and challenges in improving healthcare. Then, I decided to become involved in NGO and healthcare management. I have been involved in healthcare management at Turkey’s leading hospital, Hacettepe University Hospitals. I have served Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control (TACRC) since the mid 1980s. I have represented TACRC in ECL and UICC and have long-term experience in collaborating in national and international projects.
Regarding UICC involvement, I have served on the Membership Committee (member, then chair), Strategic Coordination committee, Strategic Advisory committee, Task force for Auspices (Chair), Task force for Awards, My Child Matters steering committee, Global Cancer Control community, World Cancer Declaration working group, World Cancer Day activities, expert panel for cancer organisations for Eastern Europe, and World Cancer Congress committees. Additionally I have chaired different UICC- collaborated national activities in Turkey including world cancer activities, cancer patient forums, Hope Lodge project, UICC capacity building project, translations of UICC resources, and others. My scientific capacity, communication skills, networking ability and management experience allowed me to contribute to the organisation at national and international levels. During recent years, cancer has been on the global agenda more than before. With this background and motivation I could contribute to the implementation of the World Cancer Declaration targets, policy development, advocacy, member engagement, capacity building and other UICC activities.