Dr. Rein Willemze Conference Page

    Rein Willemze received his training in medicine and dermatology at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. In 1988 he was appointed professor and co-chair at the Department of Dermatology of the Free University Hospital in Amsterdam. In 2000 he returned to Leiden to become chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Leiden University Medical Center. In 1985 he founded the Dutch Cutaneous Lymphoma Group, which is a multidisciplinary group, in which dermatologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists of all eight Dutch universities participate. In addition, he started a national registry, which now contains more than 4000 cutaneous lymphoma patients. The Dutch Cutaneous Lymphoma Group played an essential role in defining new types of cutaneous T-cell and B-cell lymphomas and in establishing new classification systems for cutaneous lymphomas, including the EORTC classification (1997), the WHO-EORTC classification (2005), the WHO 2008 classification and its revision in 2017.  Dr. Willemze served on the board of many national and international societies, including the European Society of Dermatological Research, of which he is a Honorary Member, the International Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Cutaneous Lymphomas and the EORTC Cutaneous Lymphoma Group. He authored over 400 international papers and book chapters, most of them in the field of cutaneous lymphomas.