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JvS is a specialist in general surgery specialised in global disaster medicine

Research description

The reserach aims at providing scientific evidence to support improvements in assisting peopl and populations affected by disasters worldwide. The reserach explores how health needs and risks vary depending on type of disaster and context. The studies also include optimal use of trauma care with limited resources and predictions models for early trauma mortality.

Teaching portfolio

The centre for reserach on health care in disasters runs severeal courses that focuses on managing significant number of disaster affected including management of injuries. The courses cover both clinical and public aspects of disasters using limited resources. The courses include the Erasmus Mundud course "public health in disasters", A 20 ECT course "public health reponse in disasters" a two week elective course in "disasters medicine" for medical students 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Awarded Swede of the year 2014 by the news magazine Fokus
  • Awardes the Prins Carl medal by the Swedish King in 2014 for outstanding humanitarian work
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In 1989 JvS did his first mission with Médecins Sans Frontières MSF. He has since then continued to work with MSF in disasters world wide, most recently following the Philippine typhoon in 2013. JvS is a co-founder of the Swedish section of MSF and served as its President for seven years. He also regularly works with WHO and has co-authored the WHO publication "Classification and standards for Foreign Medical Teams (FMT) in sudden onset disasters" He most recently worked for WHO as the FMT Ebola coordinator in Sierra Leone in 2014.


Based on his field experience as a front line surgeon he recently published the book “Katastrofdoktorn” Brombergs förlag