prof. dr. E. van der Wall

prof. dr. E. van der Wall

Full Professor
prof. dr. E. van der Wall
  • Strategic theme Cancer

Research Programs




Elsken van der Wall (1960)  has studied medicine at the University of Utrecht and subsequently specialized in internal medicine at the University Medical Center of Utrecht.

In the Dutch Cancer Institute / Het Antoni van Leeuwenhoekhuis in Amsterdam she further specialized in medical oncology while performing research that resulted in her PhD degree on ‘high-dose chemotherapy in solid tumors’ in 1995. From 1995 till 2003 she held a position as medical oncologist at the department of medical oncology at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam. During this time she spend 14 months as a basic scientist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) in Baltimore, USA . Following her stay at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Institute she became part-time associate professor at JHMI which position she still helds.

In 2003 she was appointed full professor of medicine at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and head of the specialization program in internal medicine. In addition, she became member of the management team of the Division of Internal Medicine and Dermatology of the UMCU, responsible for research and education development within the Division. In 2005, she was appointed as distinguished professor of Utrecht University. In 2007 she left the specialization program in internal medicine and became head of the Cancer Center of the UMC Utrecht. As of 2018 she was appointend chair of the Strategic Program Cancer. Her out-patient clinical activities focus entirely on patients with breast cancer. Together with prof. dr. Paul van Diest, head of the Department of Pathology, she supervises the laboratory for breast cancer research at the UMC Utrecht. The focus of her scientific research is on breast carcinogenesis and she is co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Outside her regular work she holds various positions that, amongst others, include: member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Dutch Cancer Center Network and member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Cancer Foundation.. In 2010 she was knighted by former HRM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, for her contribution to increase breast cancer awareness. In 2015 she received the “Corrie Herman” award, a national award to honour female medical role-models. In 2019 she was awarded with the Supervisor ( promotor) of the Year 2019.


Side Activities

(all unremunerated)

1999 - visiting professor at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) in Baltimore, USA
2005 - Distinguished professor of Utrecht University
2019 - vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Cancer Foundation (KWF)
2019 - member of the Scientific Advisory Board Prinses Maxima Center / UMC Utrecht
2020 -2022 member of the Advisory Board of the theme Prevention of the strategic alliance EWUU
2021 - member of the Steering Committee of the UMC Utrecht Center of Excellence of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (FUS)

2022 - member of the Supervisory Board of the Center for Unusual Collaborations , CUCO , of the EWUU alliance

2024 - member of the Advisory Board of the Chris Gips Foundation

Fellowship and Awards

2010 - knighted by former HRM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, for her contribution to increase breast cancer awareness.

2014 - Corry Hermann Award – Annual Award by the Dutch Female Medical Professionals Association

Research-grants received for over 12 m euro’s, including  from the Dutch cancer Foundation, NWO and private funds.

2019 - PhD supervisor of the year of the Graduate School of Life Sciences of the UU

Research Output (274)

External validation and clinical utility assessment of PREDICT breast cancer prognostic model in young, systemic treatment-naïve women with node-negative breast cancer

Wang Yuwei, Broeks Annegien, Giardiello Daniele, Hauptmann Michael, Jóźwiak Katarzyna, Koop Esther A., Opdam Mark, Siesling Sabine, Sonke Gabe S., Stathonikos Nikolas, ter Hoeve Natalie D., van der Wall Elsken, van Deurzen Carolien H.M., van Diest Paul J., Voogd Adri C., Vreuls Willem, Linn Sabine C., Dackus Gwen M.H.E., Schmidt Marjanka K. Dec 2023, In: European Journal of Cancer. 195 11 p.

Borstkanker tijdens en na de zwangerschap

Bakhuis Carsten F.J., Suelmann Britt B.M., van Dooijeweert Carmen, Moelans Cathy B., van der Wall Elsken, van Diest Paul J. 25 Oct 2023, In: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. 167

Author Correction:Possible alleviation of symptoms and side effects through clinicians’ nocebo information and empathy in an experimental video vignette study (Scientific Reports, (2022), 12, 1, (16112), 10.1038/s41598-022-19729-w)

Meijers M. C., Stouthard J., Evers A. W.M., Das E., Drooger H. J., Jansen S. J.A.J., Francke A. L., Plum N., van der Wall E., Nestoriuc Y., Dusseldorp E., van Vliet L. M. 29 Sep 2023, In: Scientific Reports. 13

Time Trends in Histopathological Findings in Mammaplasty Specimens in a Dutch Academic Pathology Laboratory

Stutterheim Hannah W., Ter Hoeve Natalie D., Maarse Wiesje, Van Der Wall Elsken, Van Diest Paul J. 22 Jun 2023, In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open. 11 6 p.

Effects of tamoxifen and exemestane on cognitive function in postmenopausal patients with breast cancer

Lee Meeuw Kjoe Philippe R., Kieffer Jacobien M., Small Brent J., Boogerd Willem, Schilder Christina M., van der Wall Elsken, Kranenbarg Elma Meershoek Klein, van de Velde Cornelis J.H., Schagen Sanne B. 1 Apr 2023, In: JNCI cancer spectrum. 7

Comparison between de novo and metachronous metastatic breast cancer:the presence of a primary tumour is not the only difference-a Dutch population-based study from 2008 to 2018

de Maar Josanne S, Luyendijk Marianne, Suelmann Britt B M, van der Kruijssen Dave E W, Elias Sjoerd G, Siesling Sabine, van der Wall Elsken Apr 2023, In: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 198 , p. 253-264 12 p.

Long-term effects of premenopausal risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy on cognition in women with high familial risk of ovarian cancer:A cross-sectional study

Terra Lara, Lee Meeuw Kjoe Philippe R., Agelink van Rentergem Joost A., Beekman Maarten J., Heemskerk-Gerritsen Bernadette A.M., van Beurden Marc, Roeters van Lennep Jeanine E., van Doorn Helena C., de Hullu Joanna A., Mourits Marian J.E., van Dorst Eleonora B.L., Mom Constantijne H., Slangen Brigitte F.M., Gaarenstroom Katja N., van der Kolk Lizet E., Collée J. Margriet, Wevers Marijke R., Ausems Margreet G.E.M., van Engelen Klaartje, van de Beek Irma, Berger Lieke P.V., van Asperen Christi J., Gomez Garcia Encarna B., Maas Angela H.E.M., Hooning Maartje J., van der Wall Elsken, van Leeuwen Flora E., Schagen Sanne B. 2023, In: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 130 , p. 968-977 10 p.

Effect of physical exercise on the hippocampus and global grey matter volume in breast cancer patients:A randomized controlled trial (PAM study)

Koevoets E W, Geerlings M I, Monninkhof E M, Mandl R, Witlox L, van der Wall E, Stuiver M M, Sonke G S, Velthuis M J, Jobsen J J, van der Palen J, Bos M E M M, Göker E, Menke-Pluijmers M B E, Sommeijer D W, May A M, de Ruiter M B, Schagen S B, 14 Dec 2022, In: NeuroImage. Clinical. 37 , p. 1-12

The microRNA Lifecycle in Health and Cancer

de Rooij Laura Adriana, Mastebroek Dirk Jan, Ten Voorde Nicky, van der Wall Elsken, van Diest Paul Joannes, Moelans Cathy Beatrice 1 Dec 2022, In: Cancers. 14 , p. 1-36

Possible alleviation of symptoms and side effects through clinicians' nocebo information and empathy in an experimental video vignette study

Meijers M C, Stouthard J, Evers A W M, Das E, Drooger H J, Jansen S J A J, Francke A L, Plum N, van der Wall E, Nestoriuc Y, Dusseldorp E, van Vliet L M 27 Sep 2022, In: Scientific Reports. 12 , p. 1-12

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