Portrait of Professor Per Wändell
Per Wändell - Professor of General Medicine at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.
Per Wändell studied medicine at Karolinska Institutet (KI), gaining his medical degree in 1974 and then becoming a registered medical doctor two years later. In 1979 he became a specialist in general medicine. In 1997 Per Wändell gained his PhD with a thesis on quality of life in diabetes patients. From 2000 until 2010 Per Wändell worked part-time as an area general practitioner at Hallunda health centre while also holding a post as a senior lecturer at the unit for general medicine at KI's Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.
Per Wändell is director of studies for the Research School in General Practice at KI. He has also been involved in teaching, including on the medicine course at KI, and in supervising interns and registrars. He was one of the members of the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare's Fact Group with primary responsibility for drawing up National guidelines for diabetes.
Per Wändell was appointed professor of general medicine at Karolinska Institutet in 2010.
General medicine investigates and treats the most common diseases across all age categories. Prevention is a key element of the general practitioner's work. In socioeconomically disadvantaged areas with high immigrant populations, diseases such as diabetes, and psychological problems, are common.
Per Wändell's research aims to uncover illness patterns in different immigrant populations, identify the most effective treatments, and determine the best way for the healthcare system to reach patients in order to implement preventive measures.