Who's Who

Lawrence Karsa Von Szen

Group Head

Quality Assurance Group


Multidisciplinary cancer screening and primary prevention. Quality assurance, programme implementation and management

Academic Degrees

1996MDUniversity of ErlangenErlangenGermany
1986State Examination in MedicineUniversity of TuebingenTuebingenGermany
1975BABiologyHarvard CollegeCambridge, MassUSA

Current Research Projects

  • Evidence-based guidelines for cancer screening and complementary prevention
    EU guidelines for quality assurance in screening for breast, cervical (HPV supplements) and colorectal cancer: IARC (Coordinator). WHO guidelines for cervical cancer prevention: WHO/IARC (Coordinator).

  • Report on implementation of cancer screening in the EU
    Second report: IARC (Coordinator).

  • Screening programme management
    Standardization of programme implementation process, planning, consultation, training, coaching, monitoring and audit: IARC (Coordinator). WHO/IARC expert missions: WHO/IARC (Coordinator). WHO global monitoring framework: WHO (Coordinator).

  • European Code Against Cancer
    Fourth revision: IARC (Coordinator).

  • European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC)
    Scientific secretariat for screening and early detection, European schools of screening management, health checks: IARC (Coordinator).

Selected Publications

Lynge E, Törnberg S, von Karsa L, Segnan N & van Delden J J M (2012) Determinants of successful implementation of population-based cancer screening programmes EJC : 48(5):743-8

Segnan N, Patnick J & von Karsa L, (eds.) (2010) European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Diagnosis - First Edition Publications Office of the European Union : 1-383

von Karsa L, Lignini TA, Patnick J, Lambert R & Sauvaget C (2010) The dimensions of the CRC problem Best Pract.Res.Clin Gastroenterol : 24(4): 381-96

Arbyn M, Anttila A, Jordan J, Ronco G, Schenck U, Segnan N, Wiener H, Herbert A & von Karsa L (2010) European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Cancer Screening, Second Edition - Summary Document. Ann Oncol : 21(3):448-58

Perry N, Broeders M, de Wolf C, Törnberg S, Holland R & von Karsa L (2007) European guidelines for quality assurance in breast cancer screening and diagnosis, Fourth edition - Summary document. Ann Oncol : 19(4):614-22.

Scientific Societies Membership

European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA)
German Cancer Society
German Society of Radiology
German Society of Mastology