Anesthesiology and intensive care

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Anesthesiology is the science of anesthesia and the use of anesthetics. In Sweden, anesthesiology is a medical specialty encompassing perioperative care, anesthetics, intensive care and pain medicine.

Research in anesthesiology and intensive care at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is carried out in connection with the Department of Anesthesiology, Surgical Services and Intensive Care Medicine (ANOPIVA) at Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, and with the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital. The research is focused on anesthesiological mechanisms, breathing regulation, intensive care and inflammatory conditions.

Our research projects are supported by an experimental research unit, a clinical research unit, and a production-and-outcome unit currently under construction. This translational environment fosters strong research clusters around key areas of anesthesiology, intensive care and pain management. Experimental anesthesiology and intensive care form an important part of the translational research conducted at our home department. 

We teach at both the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. Our teaching is characterized by a combination of basic science and its clinical application, especially in highly specialized perioperative care, intensive care medicine, and pain. We have a wide range of courses on the undergraduate and postgraduate level and carry a key role in the education of nurses and physicians in anesthesiology, surgery and intensive care.

Researchers and groups A-Ö

Håkan Björne

Karolinska Anaesthesia Research Group for Major Surgery (KARISMA)

Lars I Eriksson

Anesthetic neuropharmacology and physiology

Malin Jonsson Fagerlund Perioperative assessment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea
Andreas Gidlöf

Role of redox proteins in critical illness

David Konrad

Identifying and treating in-hospital patients with failing physiology

Folke Lind Hyperbaric medicine 
Per-Arne Lönnqvist Pediatric anesthesiology Stockholm
Claes-Roland Martling

Karolinska Intensive Care Nephrology Group - KING

David Nelson

Optimizing neuro-intensive care of traumatic brain injury

Anders Oldner

Trauma and sepsis, epidemiology and pathophysiology

Peter Sackey

Physical, psychological and cognitive problems during and after critical illness and intensive care

Rolf Sandin

Long term adverse effects from general anesthesia

Eddie Weitzberg

Nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway in health and disease

Anders Östlund

Massive bleeding and trauma-induced coagulopathy

Contact us 

Section for anesthesiology and intensive care medicine

Address: ANOPIVA-kliniken F2
Karolinska University Hospital Solna
SE-171 76 Stockholm


Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Karolinska Institutet
SE-171 77 Stockholm 
Visiting address: Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Nanna Svartz väg 2
Karolinska Institutet



Eddie Weitzberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 879 94
Organizational unit: Weitzberg Eddie group - Nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway in health and disease


Experimental anesthesiology and intensive care

Research engineer

Anette Ebberyd

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 872 98
Organizational unit: Eriksson I Lars group - Section of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care