Sebastian Schoppmann takes over professorship of oncological surgery

(c) MedUni Wien
(c) MedUni Wien

Sebastian Schoppmann, Department of General Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, will take up a professorship of Oncological Surgery (99(1)) at MedUni Vienna on March 1, 2024.

Schoppmann is an expert in minimally invasive techniques in visceral surgery.The fields of work of his professorship, which Sebastian Schoppmann has formulated, cover various areas on the path to the future of this specialty. Conceptually, the aim is to further increase integration into multidisciplinary approaches. Technically, innovations such as robot-assisted surgery, natural orifice surgery and intraoperative imaging should improve patients’ quality of life. The use of artificial intelligence, including machine learning and computer vision, will accelerate the translation of research findings into clinical practice even further in the future.

Sebastian Schoppmann sees surgical oncology as locally anchored and highly specialized, although there is a close conceptual connection. He sees a need for improved national and international interdisciplinary communication structures and sees the promotion and recruitment of young talent as a key challenge. His planned measures are aimed at attracting talented young academics, highlighting the importance of knowledge growth and helping to ensure that surgical interventions can be increasingly individualized and personalized in terms of precision medicine.

Sebastian Schoppmann would also like to further expand MedUni Vienna’s position as a leading reference center for surgical oncology and strengthen its attractiveness as a study center. Another focus will be on translational research into gastric and esophageal diseases. This should further develop surgical oncology and further establish its role in the fight against cancer.

About the person

Sebastian Schoppmann is a habilitated general and visceral surgeon and heads the working group for gastric and esophageal surgery at the Division of Visceral Surgery of the Department of General Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and University Hospital of Vienna, as well as the Gastroesophageal Tumor Unit (CCC-GET) at the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) Vienna of MedUni Vienna and University Hospital Vienna.

Schoppmann is President of the Austrian Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Past President of the Austrian Society for Surgical Oncology (ACO-ASSO). He is a member of the Oncology Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. At an international level, he is Chairman of the Board of the European Foregut Society and on the Advisory Committee of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO).