Tom Sutedja M.D., PhD.

Vrije Universiteit Medical Center
Amsterdam – the Netherlands
Phone: 31 – 20 – 444 2884
Fax: 31- 20- 444 4328
Email: tg.sutedja {AT] vumc [DOT]  nl

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Sutedja moved to the Netherlands during the aftermath of the 1965 political turmoil, during his high school period at the Jesuit College Canisius. He studied medicine at the Catholic University in Nijmegen from 1973 – 1980. From his 1st year as a student in the department of Physiology, he was involved in pulmonary physiology and clinical research activities until his graduation; participating in a clinical research summer student exchange program at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, New York and Dartmouth College New Hampshire. He also completed a Tropical Medicine course at the Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam and served as a volunteer medical house officer in Mwanza, Tanzania.

After completing his pulmonary specialty training at St. Antonius Heart and Lung Institute in 1985, he spent a year as a clinical research fellow at the Royal Hammersmith Hospital in London, UK. In 1987, he joined the staff of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, obtaining his PhD degree in 1995. During that time he also served as a consultant at the Netherlands Cancer Institute Antoni van Leeuwenhoekhuis for interventional pulmonology and thoracic oncology.

Dr. Sutedja has devoted most of his career to the study of lung cancer. He is a known opinion leader and researcher with numerous papers devoted to early lung cancer detection, and the use of optical technologies. As a member of numerous national and international organizations, including the European Respiratory Society and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), he lecturers widely and is also a sought after teacher and instructor at international respiratory seminars and courses. Dr. Sutedja is currently Senior Lecturer and Academic Chief Consultant in Thoracic Oncology and Pulmonary Medicine, responsible for tertiary referral clinical services, also working with and educating pulmonary trainees, post-doctoral and PhD students and performing research in lung carcinogenesis and minimally invasive early interventional techniques.

Selected recent publications

  1. Lung cancer screening: has there been any progress? Computed tomography and autofluorescence bronchoscopy. Curr Opin Pulm Med 2007;13: 243-8. Review
  2. ERS/ATS statement on interventional pulmonology. European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society. Eur Respir J 2002; 19:356-73
  3. Therapeutic bronchoscopy with immediate effect: laser, electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation and stents. Eur Respir J 2006; 27:1258-71. Review
  4. Bronchial intraepithelial neoplasia/early central airways lung cancer: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (2nd edition). Chest 2007; 132 (3 Suppl):221S-233S.
  5. The natural course of preneoplastic lesions in bronchial epithelium. Clin Cancer Res 2005; 11:537-43.
  6. What is early lung cancer? A review of the literature. Lung Cancer 2004; 45:267-77. Review.
  7. The influence of fluticasone inhalation on markers of carcinogenesis in bronchial epithelium. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007; 175:1061-5
  8. Multiple suspicious lesions detected by autofluorescence bronchoscopy predict malignant development in the bronchial mucosa in high risk patients. Lung Cancer 2003; 41:295-301
  9. Outcome of bronchial carcinoma in situ. Chest 2000; 117:1572-6
  10. Cost-effectiveness of early intervention: comparison between intraluminal bronchoscopic treatment and surgical resection for T1N0 lung cancer patients. Respiration 2004; 71:391-6.