Prof. Dr. med. Beate Timmermann

Director Clinic of Particle Therapy and Medical head of WPE

Area of Expertise
  • Radiotherapy
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.
Core Area
  • Brain tumors
  • Sarcoma
  • Chordomas/Chondrosarcomas in children and adults
  • multimodal therapies in paediatric oncology
  • Late effects and quality of life
  • theoretical and clinical application of proton therapy
  • clinical quality assurance in radiotherapy
  • technique of radiotherapy of the craniospinal axis
  • Development of treatment guidelines for paediatric tumours


  • German Society of Radiation Oncology (DEGRO)
  • German Pediatric Radiation Oncology Group (APRO)
  • German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH)
  • European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO)
  • Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG)
  • German Cancer foundation (DKG)
  • German Cancer foundation NRW
  • International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)
  • International Society of Pediatric Oncology Europe (SIOP E)
  • International Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN)
  • International Society of Pediatric Radiation Oncology (PROS)

Specia duties

  • Head of the National Advisory Center “Particle Therapy in Pediatric Oncology in Germany
  • Speaker of the consortium for reference radiotherapy in the German Pediatric Brain Tumor Study Group (HIT-Network)
  • Reference radiation therapist of various interdisciplinary studies (CWS, osteosarcomas, EUROEwing 2008, brain tumor studies of the GPOH, neuroblastoma study, retinoblastoma registry)
  • Director of the ESTRO course “Pediatric Radiation Oncology
  • Member of faculty of the ESTRO course “Particle Therapy”
  • Member of the Scientific Review Committee of national and international congresses (PTCOG, ESTRO, SIOP, DEGRO)
  • Examiner for the qualification “proton therapy” of the Bavarian State Medical Association
  • Member of the Certification Commission Module Pediatric Oncology of the German Cancer Society
  • Member of the Board of the Cancer Society NRW e.V.
  • Chairwoman of the Advisory Board “Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen” (elect)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Particle Therapy
  • Member of the Editorial Board “Radiation Oncology”

Periods of previous scientific work

Full Professor for Radiation Oncology, Particle Therapy, Medical Director of the Clinic for Particle Therapy, Essen University Hospital

Operative Medical Director, WPE, Essen, Germany

Vice Medical Director of the West German Proton Therapy Centre Essen (WPE), Essen, Germany

Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Münster, Germany

Vice Medical Director of the ZPT, PSI, Villigen, Switzerland

Senior Radiation Oncologist, Head of the Pediatric Program, Center for Proton Beam Therapy (ZPT), Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Medical fellow, Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology (Prof. Dr. M. Bamberg), University of Tübingen, Germany

Scientific medical staff member, Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology (Prof. Dr. M. Bamberg), University of Tübingen, Germany

Selected publications

  • Jünger ST, Mynarek M, Wohlers I, Dörner E, Mühlen AZ, Velez-Char N, von Hoff K, Rutkowski S, Warmuth-Metz M, Kortmann RD, Timmermann B, Rahmann S, Klein-Hitpass L, von Bueren AO, Pietsch T: Improved risk-stratification for posterior fossa ependymoma of childhood considering clinical, histological and genetic features – a retrospective analysis of the HIT ependymoma trial cohort. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2019 Nov 14;7(1):181.
  • Hoeben BA, Carrie C, Timmermann B, Mandeville HC, Gandola L, Dieckmann K, Ramos Albiac M, Magelssen H, Lassen-Ramshad Y, Ondrová B, Ajithkumar T, Alapetite C, Balgobind BV, Bolle S, Cameron AL, Davila Fajardo R, Dietzsch S, Dumont Lecomte D, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, Kortmann RD, Laprie A, Melchior P, Padovani L, Rombi B, Scarzello G, Schwarz R, Seiersen K, Seravalli E, Thorp N, Whitfield GA, Boterberg T, Janssens GO: Management of vertebral radiotherapy dose in paediatric patients with cancer: consensus recommendations from the SIOPE radiotherapy working group. Lancet Oncol. 2019 Mar;20(3):e155-e166.
  • Steinmeier T, Schulze Schleithoff S, Timmermann B: Evolving radiotherapy techniques in Paediatric Oncology. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2019 Mar;31(3):142-150.
  • Ajithkumar T, Horan G, Padovani L, Thorp N, Timmermann B, Alapetite C, Gandola L, Ramos M, Van Beek K, Christiaens M, Lassen-Ramshad Y, Magelssen H, Nilsson K, Saran F, Rombi B, Kortmann R, Janssens GO; SIOPE BTG Radiotherapy Group: SIOPE – Brain tumor group consensus guideline on craniospinal target volume delineation for high-precision radiotherapy. Radiother Oncol 2018 Aug;128(2):192-197
  • Eekers DB, In ‘t Ven L, Roelofs E, Postma A, Alapetite C, Burnet NG, Calugaru V, Compter I, Coremans IEM, Høyer M, Lambrecht M, Nyström PW, Romero AM, Paulsen F, Perpar A, de Ruysscher D, Renard L, Timmermann B, Vitek P, Weber DC, van der Weide HL, Whitfield GA, Wiggenraad R, Troost EGC; “European Particle Therapy Network” of ESTRO: The EPTN consensus-based atlas for CT- and MR-based contouring in neuro-oncology. Radiother Oncol. 2018 Jul;128(1):37-43
  • Pfeiler T, Bäumer C, Engwall E, Geismar D, Spaan B, Timmermann B: Experimental validation of a 4D dose calculation routine for pencil beam scanning proton therapy. Z Med Phys. 2018 Apr;28(2):121-133
  • Frisch S & Timmermann B: Evolving Role of Proton Beam Therapy for Sarcomas. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2017;29(8):500-506.
  • Stacchiotti S, Gronchi A, Fossati P, Akiyama T, Alapetite C, Baumann M, Blay JY, Bolle S, Boriani S, Bruzzi P, Capanna R, Caraceni A,Casadei R, Colia V, Debus J, Delaney T, Desai A, Dileo P, Dijkstra S, Doglietto F, Flanagan A, Froelich S, Gardner PA, Gelderblom H, Gokaslan ZL, Haas R, Heery C, Hindi N, Hohenberger P, Hornicek F, Imai R, Jeys L, Jones RL, Kasper B, Kawai A, Krengli M, Leithner A, Logowska I, Broto JM, Mazzatenta D, Morosi C, Nicolai P, Norum OJ, Patel S, Penel N, Picci P, Pilotti S, Radaelli S, Ricchini F, Rutkowski P, Scheipl S, Sen C,Tamborini E, Thornton KA, Timmermann B et al. Best practices for the Management of Local-regional Recurrent Chordoma. A Position Paper by the Chordoma Global Consensus Group. Ann Oncol. 2017;28(6):1230-1242.
  • Simon T, Hero B, Schulte J H, Deubzer H, Hundsdoerfer P, von Schweinitz D, Fuchs J, Schmidt M, Prasad V, Krug B, Timmermann B, Leuschner I, Fischer M, Langer T, Astrahantseff K, Berthold F, Lode H, Eggert A: 2017 GPOH Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Neuroblastic Tumors. Klin Padiatr 2017;229(3):147-167.
  • Leiser D, Calaminus G, Malyapa R, Bojaxhiu B, Albertini F, Kliebsch U, Mikroutsikos L, Morach P, Bolsi A, Walser M, Timmermann B, Lomax T, Schneider R, Weber DC: Tumour control and Quality of Life in children with rhabdomyosarcoma treated with pencil beam scanning proton therapy. Radiother Oncol. 2016;120(1):163-168.