Mats Jensen-Urstad - Unit Head for Heart and Lung Diseases

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Mats Jensen-Urstad is Adjunct Professor of cardiology, and has been Head of Unit for Heart and Lung Diseases since 2013. 

What do you think of your new role as Head of unit?

-It is an exciting challenge. It also means a great responsibility to lead the unit and I hope that I'll be able to continue the great work Christer Sylvén has done. 

Which are the strengths of the Unit for Heart and Lung Diseases?

-We have a strong base in the large clinical activities that cover everything from basic medical care to highly specialized care, where we in several areas are leaders in Sweden. We have high-quality clinical research, but also advanced basic research exemplified by the research group of Christer Sylvén in regenerative cardiology.

-I think the recruitment of Kenneth Chien to our department will have a tremendous impact both directly and indirectly through various research collaborations. I also see a great strength in that we have heart and lung diseases within the unit, as they are closely linked, providing good research opportunities.

What challenges do you see for the unit in the coming years?

-It is today much focus on NKS and the new hospital´s activities in the future. At our unit, with our major operations in Huddinge, we have today very good conditions for clinical research and education. This will become even more important in the coming years as it looks like it will become yet another shift in clinical activities for cardiac and pulmonary diseases to Huddinge. We must work to emphasize this and further develop the unit's leading position in Stockholm and Sweden.

Describe yourself in three words.

-Analytical, dedicated, caring.

Tell us briefly about your background.

-Medical degree in 1980, MD 1984, specialist in clinical physiology in 1988, specialist in cardiology 1995. PhD 1992 in exercise physiology. Associate Professor of Cardiology 1997. Adjunct Professor of Cardiology with special focus on electrophysiology and circulatory physiology 2011. I was at Södersjukhuset first at MIVA, then at the department of Clinical Physiology until 1994, when I moved to Huddinge and started working with electrophysiology. Since then I have been both at Karolinska Solna and Huddinge and I´m at present responsible for the electrophysiological laboratories in Huddinge.

-My current research is mainly clinical. We have Scandinavia's largest electrophysiological unit, which, together with an extensive database, provides a good basis for studies. The main focus of the research is on techniques in catheter ablation. An important clinical outcome of the research is the development of cryoablation, freezing treatment, where we are an international leader in the field. We also study how structural changes of the myocardium affect treatment outcome and prognosis in patients with atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardias.

Text: Lisa Hagsten