Beyond the scientist: Hans Kaanders

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Hans Kaanders, professor of Translational Radiation Oncology and member of the RIHS Training and Supervision Committee.

Where and when were you born?
Vught, May 10th 1959, on a very sunny mothers’ day.

Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my wife María José in Malden. Our daughter Paula lives in London but comes over regularly to cook nice meals for us.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?
Ivanhoe, the brave knight loyal to King Richard. I read the book over and over and liked the TV-series even more. My father was not very pleased with that, he felt that some of the scenes were too violent….

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)
Job prospects for knights are not so good nowadays.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?
To have mastered the art of medicine. I have learned to uncover what moves and worries my patients and to attend to that. A contented patient is my greatest reward.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?
To complete a series of clinical studies that aim to reduce the burden of cancer treatment and, simultaneously, maintain or even improve cure rates.

For what can we wake you up?
A cool Belgian draft beer.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?
Reviving classic cars together with my two brothers (www.golden-years.nl). I started as director of the car polishing service, next became chief executive stock manager and recently I have been promoted to the position of assistant mechanic 3rd class.

What is your biggest irritation?
“Window dressing”.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?
Julia Roberts.


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