Dr méd. Matti Aapro


Specialist in Medical Oncology, FMH member


Finnish (mother tongue), French, German, Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese

Work experience

  • Executive committee member of the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)
  • Former and current President of the Antiemetic study group of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
  • President-Elect of the European Cancer Organization (ECCO) for 2020 and 2021
  • Committee member (Honorary President) of AFSOS (Francophone Association of Oncological Care Support)
  • Member of ESMO Faculty
  • Member of the Administrative council and coordinator of SPCC  (Sharing
  • Progress in Cancer Care) program of the European School of Oncology (ESO)


  • PhD in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fellow at Arizona Cancer Center, Tuscon, USA
  • Founding President of the Department of Medicine and Radiotherapy at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy

Biography Matti Aapro is a medical Oncologist and member of the Board of Directors at Genolier Cancer Center, in Switzerland. He is a member of the Executive Board at ESO (European School of Oncology) and SIOG (International Society for Geriatric Oncology). He is President-elect of the European Cancer Organization (ECCO) for 2010-2022. Dr Matti Aapro received his PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the Geneva of University in Switzerland and did part of his medical training at the Anticancer Center in Tuscon, Arizona (USA). He was Director of the Department of Medicine and Radiography during the founding of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. His main interests are the development of new pharmacological treatments, breast cancer, cancer in the elderly and supportive care. He has been a board member of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and president of MASCC (Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer). He has also been a member of the Executive Board of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and continues to hold many positions there. He chaired the Scientific and Organizing Committees of the World Cancer Congress of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2008 and 2010. He is one of the editors of the Journal of Cancer Policy. He is an honorary editor of Critical Reviews in Oncology / Hematology, Associate Editor of The Oncologist's Geriatrics Section, and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology and Annals of Oncology. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an honorary member of AFSOS (French Association of Supporting Oncological Care), JASCC (Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) and RUSSCO (Russian Society of Clinical Oncology), honorary doctor of the University of Tampere and he has received awards from Acta Oncologica, SIOG, MASCC and ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology, BJ Kennedy Award).
  • Executive member of the Genolier Cancer Center
  • Former President of the Department of Medicine and Radiotherapy of the Institute European Oncology, Milan, Italy
  • Former Consultant, Oncology Department, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Editor-in-chief of Critical Reviews in Oncology Hematology
  • Editor-in-Chief of www. qualityoflife.elsevierresource.com
  • Assistant Editor (Geriatric Section) of The Oncologist
  • Founding Editor of Journal of Geriatric Oncology
  • Former Deputy Editor of Annals of Oncology and the European Journal of Cancer
  • Former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (breast section)
  • Annals of Oncology Editorial Board Member, Current Opinions in Oncology, Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, Oncology and Oncology

Dr. Aapro's main interests are breast cancer, geriatric cancer, development of new pharmacological treatments, and supportive care.

He has written more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and more than 350 scientific articles.

7e Rencontre franco-suisse de Sénologie
Deux médecins de la Clinique de Genolier ont participé à ce symposium: Dr Magdalena Kohlik et le Dr Matti Aapro.

La Clinique de Genolier est fière de vous annoncer la nomination du Docteur Aapro au sein du Comité Scientifique de l’ABC4
Les Docteurs Edya Fuhrmann, Claudine Helg, Volker Kirchner et Matti Aapro sont les Oncologues et Hématologues spécialistes qui exercent à la Clinique de Genolier.