Gunnar Saeter

Medicine, Class of 1979

Professor Gunnar Saeter currently holds the position of Professor and Head of Research, Division of Cancer Medicine, Oslo University Hospital (OUH), where he co-ordinates the activity from basic through translational and clinical cancer research at the OUH Comprehensive Cancer Centre (with an annual output of approx. 700 peer-reviewed scientific publications).

From 2009 through 2013 he held the position as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Merck (MSD) Oncology. He has also held senior positions including Head of Medical Oncology at the Norwegian Radium Hospital (2000-2006), and General Chief Physician at Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo (2006-2009).

Prof. Saeter has broad experience in clinical oncology, cancer research and hospital leadership, both at a national and international level. He has participated in and chaired multiple governmental bodies and advisory committees on cancer care, cancer research and healthcare organisation. He has been a long standing Board Member in Oslo Cancer Cluster and currently serves on the Board and as Chair of the Accreditation Committee in the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI), as well as in the Oncopolicy Committee in the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO).

His personal clinical and scientific interest has been bone and soft tissue sarcomas, with a key role as Secretary and Clinical Research Coordinator in the Scandinavian Sarcoma Group (SSG). This position included PI functions for several intergroup clinical studies conducted by SSG and The Italian Sarcoma Group (ISG). His list of publications holds in excess of 200 titles.