The Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Umberto Veronesi is a surgeon who has become a world leader in the control and treatment of breast cancer. He has played an active part in the development of international cancer programmes. By placing emphasis on training young physicians in multidisciplinary approaches to cancer, he has laid sound foundations for future progress in cancer control.
Veronesi studied medicine at Milan University, graduating in 1951 and then qualified as professor of pathological anatomy and of surgery. On completing his academic qualifications, he joined the Milan National Cancer Institute where he was appointed director-general in 1975.
He has been particularly active in international cancer treatment programmes. He became secretary of the Italian Cancer Society and director of the Italian National Research Council's Special oncology project. He was appointed chairman of the World Health Organization's International Group for the Study of Melanoma and, in 1985, he was elected president of the European Organization for Research on the Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). He also sat on the scientific council of the International Agency for Cancer Research.
As a driving force in international cancer co-ordination, he has held numerous important posts. His distinctions include the Italian Ministry of Health Gold Medal; the American Cancer Society National Award for his work on the treatment of breast cancer; and the German Johann Georg Zimmermann Award.
Umberto Veronesi is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and has honorary doctorates from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) and the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).
He is a member of numerous international medical societies and sits on the editorial board of many medical journals. He has written 380 papers on clinical and experimental oncology and has published such textbooks as Recent Contributions to Cancer Research in Italy (1959), Surgical Anatomy (1961), Clinical Oncology (1973), Surgical Oncology: A European Handbook (1989) and Trattato di Chirurgia Oncologica (1989).
Published in 1993