Prof Andre Dekker

Professor of Clinical Data Science Maastricht University; Medical Physicist and Manager of Research & Education, MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht

Prof. Andre Dekker is a board-certified medical physicist at MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands since 2005. He has been the head of Medical Physics until 2009 and then led for numerous years the department of Information and Services that manages medical informatics and ICT. He was appointed as a full professor at Maastricht University in 2015 where he holds the chair “Clinical Data Science”

His research focuses on three main themes:

1) building global data sharing infrastructures;

2) machine learning cancer outcome prediction models from this data;

3) applying outcome prediction models to improve lives of cancer patients The main scientific breakthrough has been the development of a Semantic Web and ontology based data sharing and distributed learning infrastructure that does not require data to leave the hospital (Personal Health Train). This has reduced many of the ethical and other barriers to share data.

Prof. Dekker has authored over 100 publications (h-index 45) in peer reviewed journals covering informatics, imaging, radiotherapy, tissue optics and heart disease and holds multiple awarded patents. He has held visiting scientist appointments at the Christie Hospital NHS trust; University of Sydney Australia; Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer therapy centres Australia; Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Australia; Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy; Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, USA, Varian Medical Systems, USA and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada.

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