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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


Hospital Workload for Weapon-Wounded Females Treated by the International Committee of the Red Cross: More Work Needed than for Males
Andersson P, Muhrbeck M, Veen H, Osman Z, Von Schreeb J
World journal of surgery 2018;42(1):93-98

A declaration to the UN on wars in the Middle East
Burkle Fm, Erickson Tb, Von Schreeb J, Redmond Ad, Kayden S, Van Rooyen M
Lancet (London, England) 2017;389(10070):699-700

Hans Rosling Obituary
Ekstrom Am, Von Schreeb J, Forsberg B, Allebeck P

Learning from 2523 trauma deaths in India- opportunities to prevent in-hospital deaths
Roy N, Kizhakke Veetil D, Khajanchi Mu, Kumar V, Solomon H, Kamble J, et al
BMC health services research 2017;17(1):142-

No Calm After the Storm: A Systematic Review of Human Health Following Flood and Storm Disasters
Saulnier Dd, Brolin Ribacke K, Von Schreeb J
Prehospital and disaster medicine 2017;32(5):568-579

Safety, productivity and predicted contribution of a surgical task-sharing programme in Sierra Leone
Bolkan Ha, Van Duinen A, Waalewijn B, Elhassein M, Kamara Tb, Deen Gf, et al
The British journal of surgery 2017;104(10):1315-1326

The Solidarity and Health Neutrality of Physicians in War & Peace
Burkle Fm, Erickson T, Von Schreeb J, Kayden S, Redmond A, Chan Ey, et al
PLoS currents 2017;9():-

30-Day In-hospital Trauma Mortality in Four Urban University Hospitals Using an Indian Trauma Registry
Roy N, Gerdin M, Ghosh S, Gupta A, Kumar V, Khajanchi M, et al
World journal of surgery 2016;40(6):1299-307

Disaster Medicine "Governments will only let certified Medical Teams into the Country"
Epping B, Von Schreeb J

Education and Training of Emergency Medical Teams: Recommendations for a Global Operational Learning Framework
Amat Camacho N, Hughes A, Burkle Fm, Ingrassia Pl, Ragazzoni L, Redmond A, et al
PLoS currents 2016;8():-

Effects of the West Africa Ebola Virus Disease on Health-Care Utilization - A Systematic Review
Brolin Ribacke Kj, Saulnier Dd, Eriksson A, Von Schreeb J
Frontiers in public health 2016;4():222-

How Bad Is It? Usefulness of the "7eed Model" for Scoring Severity and Level of Need in Complex Emergencies
Eriksson A, Gerdin M, Garfield R, Tylleskar T, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2016;8():-

Lessons Learnt from the Fukushima Accident-A Swedish Medical Preparedness Perspective
Stenke L, Von Schreeb J, Simonsson M, Johansson J, Postgård P, Sigurdsson S, et al
Radiation protection dosimetry 2016;171(1):134-8

The Chennai consensus on in-hospital trauma care for India
Roy N, Gerdin M, Ghosh Sn, Gupta A, Saha Ml, Khajanchi M, et al
Journal of emergencies, trauma, and shock 2016;9(2):90-2

The Surgical Workforce and Surgical Provider Productivity in Sierra Leone: A Countrywide Inventory
Bolkan Ha, Hagander L, Von Schreeb J, Bash-taqi D, Kamara Tb, Salvesen Ø, et al
World journal of surgery 2016;40(6):1344-51

Traumatic transfers: calibration is adversely affected when prediction models are transferred between trauma care contexts in India and the United States
Gerdin M, Roy N, Felländer-tsai L, Tomson G, Von Schreeb J, Petzold M, et al
Journal of clinical epidemiology 2016;74():177-86

Validation of a novel prediction model for early mortality in adult trauma patients in three public university hospitals in urban India
Gerdin M, Roy N, Khajanchi M, Kumar V, Felländer-tsai L, Petzold M, et al
BMC emergency medicine 2016;16():15-

Validation of international trauma scoring systems in urban trauma centres in India
Roy N, Gerdin M, Schneider E, Kizhakke Veetil Dk, Khajanchi M, Kumar V, et al
Injury 2016;47(11):2459-2464

A Promising Tool to Assess Long Term Public Health Effects of Natural Disasters: Combining Routine Health Survey Data and Geographic Information Systems to Assess Stunting after the 2001 Earthquake in Peru
Rydberg H, Marrone G, Strömdahl S, Von Schreeb J
PloS one 2015;10(6):e0130889-

Assessing cesarean section and inguinal hernia repair as proxy indicators of the total number of surgeries performed in Sierra Leone in 2012
Bjerring Aw, Lier Me, Rød Sm, Vestby Pf, Melf K, Endreseth Bh, et al
Surgery 2015;157(5):836-42

Assessment of caesarean section and inguinal hernia repair as proxy indicators of total number of surgeries
Bjerring Aw, Lier Me, Roed Sm, Vestby Pf, Endreseth Bh, Salvesen Ø, et al
Lancet (London, England) 2015;385 Suppl 2():S21-

Foreign Medical Teams in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan 2013 - Who Were They, When Did They Arrive and What Did They Do?
Brolin K, Hawajri O, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2015;7():-

Humanitarian assistance and accountability: what are we really talking about?
Tan Ys, Von Schreeb J
Prehospital and disaster medicine 2015;30(3):264-70

Met and unmet needs for surgery in Sierra Leone: A comprehensive, retrospective, countrywide survey from all health care facilities performing operations in 2012
Bolkan Ha, Von Schreeb J, Samai Mm, Bash-taqi Da, Kamara Tb, Salvesen Ø, et al
Surgery 2015;157(6):992-1001

Predicting Early Mortality in Adult Trauma Patients Admitted to Three Public University Hospitals in Urban India: A Prospective Multicentre Cohort Study (vol 9, e105606, 2014)
Gerdin M, Roy N, Khajanchi M, Kumar V, Dharap S, Fellaender-tsai L, et al
PLOS ONE 2015;10(12):e0144886-

Rates of caesarean section and total volume of surgery in Sierra Leone: a retrospective survey
Bolkan Ha, Von Schreeb J, Samai Mm, Bash-taqi Da, Kamara Tb, Salvesen Ø, et al
Lancet (London, England) 2015;385 Suppl 2():S19-

Who is performing surgery in low-income settings: a countrywide inventory of the surgical workforce distribution and scope of practice in Sierra Leone
Bolkan Ha, Hagander L, Von Schreeb J, Bash-taqi D, Kamara Tb, Salvesen Ø, et al
Lancet (London, England) 2015;385 Suppl 2():S44-

Who Is Worst Off? Developing a Severity-scoring Model of Complex Emergency Affected Countries in Order to Ensure Needs Based Funding
Eriksson A, Ohlsén Yk, Garfield R, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2015;7():-

[Challenges and opportunities for the next generation in global health]
Frielingsdorf H, Bushayija E, Nordström A, Nyberg F, Rosling H, Von Schreeb J, et al
Lakartidningen 2014;111(46):2012-3

Does need matter? Needs assessments and decision-making among major humanitarian health agencies
Gerdin M, Chataigner P, Tax L, Kubai A, Von Schreeb J
Disasters 2014;38(3):451-64

Early hospital mortality among adult trauma patients significantly declined between 1998-2011: three single-centre cohorts from Mumbai, India
Gerdin M, Roy N, Dharap S, Kumar V, Khajanchi M, Tomson G, et al
PloS one 2014;9(3):e90064-

Ebola and indirect effects on health service function in sierra leone
Bolkan Ha, Bash-taqi Da, Samai M, Gerdin M, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2014;6():-

Funding based on needs? A study on the use of needs assessment data by a major humanitarian health assistance donor in its decisions to allocate funds
Olin E, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2014;6():-

Optimal evidence in difficult settings: improving health interventions and decision making in disasters
Gerdin M, Clarke M, Allen C, Kayabu B, Summerskill W, Devane D, et al
PLoS medicine 2014;11(4):e1001632-

Predicting early mortality in adult trauma patients admitted to three public university hospitals in urban India: a prospective multicentre cohort study
Gerdin M, Roy N, Khajanchi M, Kumar V, Dharap S, Felländer-tsai L, et al
PloS one 2014;9(9):e105606-

Foreign field hospitals after the 2010 Haiti earthquake: how good were we?
Gerdin M, Wladis A, Von Schreeb J
Emergency medicine journal : EMJ 2013;30(1):e8-

Hospital stay as a proxy indicator for severe injury in earthquakes: a retrospective analysis
Zhao Lp, Gerdin M, Westman L, Rodriguez-llanes Jm, Wu Q, Van Den Oever B, et al
PloS one 2013;8(4):e61371-

Information for action? Analysis of 2005 South Asian earthquake reports posted on Reliefweb
Von Schreeb J, Legha Jk, Karlsson N, Garfield R
Disaster medicine and public health preparedness 2013;7(3):251-6

Emergency surgery data and documentation reporting forms for sudden-onset humanitarian crises, natural disasters and the existing burden of surgical disease
Burkle Fm, Nickerson Jw, Von Schreeb J, Redmond Ad, Mcqueen Ka, Norton I, et al
Prehospital and disaster medicine 2012;27(6):577-82

Is operational research delivering the goods? The journey to success in low-income countries
Zachariah R, Ford N, Maher D, Bissell K, Van Den Bergh R, Van Den Boogaard W, et al
The Lancet. Infectious diseases 2012;12(5):415-21

Multiple injuries after earthquakes: a retrospective analysis on 1,871 injured patients from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake
Zhao Lp, Rodriguez-llanes Jm, Wu Q, Van Den Oever B, Westman L, Albela M, et al
CRITICAL CARE 2012;16(3):R87-

[Surgery is needed in low and middle income countries. Highly cost-effective public health intervention]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2012;109(3):86-

Surgical management of closed crush injury-induced compartment syndrome after earthquakes in resource-scarce settings
Gerdin M, Wladis A, Von Schreeb J

Time for order in chaos! A health system framework for foreign medical teams in earthquakes
Lind K, Gerdin M, Wladis A, Westman L, Von Schreeb J
Prehospital and disaster medicine 2012;27(1):90-3

Timing and type of disaster severity data available on Internet following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Wefer A, Von Schreeb J
PLoS currents 2012;4():e4fb3fd97a2d3c-

[Adverse effect of Sifrol or not?]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2011;108(16-17):932-

Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks by Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Phone Network Data: A Post-Earthquake Geospatial Study in Haiti
Bengtsson L, Lu X, Thorson A, Garfield R, Von Schreeb J
PLOS MEDICINE 2011;8(8):e1001083-

[International disaster medicine should be regulated. The experts meeting in Cuba a starting point for better cooperation and coordination]
Wladis A, Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2011;108(18):974-5

Low referral completion of rapid diagnostic test-negative patients in community-based treatment of malaria in Sierra Leone
Thomson A, Khogali M, De Smet M, Reid T, Mukhtar A, Peterson S, et al

[There is difference between humanitarian and military medical aid]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2011;108(10):550-

Essential Surgery at the District Hospital: A Retrospective Descriptive Analysis in Three African Countries
Galukande M, Von Schreeb J, Wladis A, Mbembati N, De Miranda H, Kruk Me, et al
PLOS MEDICINE 2010;7(3):e1000243-

Human Resource and Funding Constraints for Essential Surgery in District Hospitals in Africa: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Survey
Kruk Me, Wladis A, Mbembati N, Ndao-brumblay Sk, Hsia Ry, Galukande M, et al
PLOS MEDICINE 2010;7(3):e1000242-

[Tuberculosis in Somalia with consequences in Sweden]
Winstrand A, Kulane A, Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2010;107(51-52):3279-81

Increasing Access to Surgical Services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Priorities for National and International Agencies Recommended by the Bellagio Essential Surgery Group
Besg, Luboga S, Macfarlane Sb, Von Schreeb J, Kruk Me, Cherian Mn, et al
PLOS MEDICINE 2009;6(12):e1000200-

Foreign field hospitals in the recent sudden-onset disasters in Iran, Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan
Von Schreeb J, Riddez L, Samnegård H, Rosling H
Prehospital and disaster medicine 2008;23(2):144-51

War and public health
Von Schreeb J

[A new group of professionals a solution for physicians shortage. Specialized for life-threatening obstetric and surgical problems]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2007;104(13):1022-4

Clinic entrance interviews: a new method to assess needs after a sudden impact disaster
Von Schreeb J, Karlsson N, Rosling H
Open medicine : a peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal 2007;1(3):e153-9

Mortality in Iraq
Von Schreeb J, Rosling H, Garfield R
LANCET 2007;369(9556):101-author

[Access to health services directed by needs or money?]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2004;101(8):696-701

[Health is more than just health care. Working in poor countries gives new perspectives on the whole spectrum of the medical profession]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2003;100(46):3726-7

Health needs of Palestinians
Von Schreeb J
LANCET 2002;360(9334):723-

[The debate on physicians' morals must go on!]
Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 1999;96(41):4406-7

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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