Lina Davies Forsman

Lina Davies Forsman

Adjunct Lecturer
Telephone: +46852481575
Visiting address: BioClinicum J7:20, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K2 Medicin, Solna, K2 Infekt Färnert A, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Lina Davies Forsman, MD, MGPH, PhD, Associate Professor
    Senior Consultant Internal Medicine &

  • Infectious Diseases
    Affiliated researcher University of Sydney, Australia
    ~~I am a Senior Consultant in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine at the
    Infectious Disease department of Karolinska University Hospital, Solna,
    Sweden. My main research interest is tuberculosis (TB), especially
    multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), an interest set in motion by
    working for a year as a Senior Medical Officer in Tugela Ferry, Kwa-Zulu
    Natal, South Africa, Ten years after working in South Africa I successfully
    completed my thesis in Clinical Epidemiology, specialising in MDR-TB, at
    Karolinska Institutet, in 2018. I have been a member of the steering group of
    the Karolinska Institutet TB research centre and the National Advisory Board
    for TB in Sweden for several years. I also have an interest in other
    difficult to treat mycobacterial infections, including /M.abscessus/ and MAC,
    and I am the chair of the Scandinavian NTM Expert Group.
    I'm currently working in the University of Sydney, Australia, for an
    international postdoc with Professor Jan-Willem Alffenaar.
    After my postdoc, I will return to Sweden as a research fellow, funded by
    Region Stockholm. My research group consists of three PhD students, for whom
    I am the main supervisor of two.
    2015 Pfizer scholarship
    2014 Göran Sterner scholarship
    2009 – 2022 Voted ”Best lecturer” 12 times by Karolinska medical
    2018 Nominated for the “Exemplary employee award”, Karolinska University
    Hospital (15 000 employees)
    Postdoc University of Sydney, 2022-2023
    Postdoc Region Stockholm, 2020-2022
    Master of Global Public Health, 2020
    Leading for change KI/KS, 2020-21
    PhD Clinical Epidemiology, 2018
    Research school for clinicians in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet,
    Consultant Infectious Disease, 2012
    Consultant Internal Medicine, 2011
    Registered Medical Practitioner, 2006


  • ~~My research has focused on difficult to treat mycobacteria and treatment
    optimization, through repurposed and individualized therapy with therapeutic
    drug monitoring (TDM). In addition, I am interested in definitions of
    /M.tuberculosis/ resistance and determination of the level of resistance,
    i.e. the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Since my appointment as an
    adjunct lecturer at KI, I am also interested in evauating different
    pedagogical tools, such as team-based learning.
    I am also interested in social determinants for tuberculosis and Global
    Public Health, sparked by my experiences from working with tuberculosis in a
    high-endemic country such as South Africa. I have several international
    collaborations, including Fudan University, Shanghai, China, the University
    of Sydney, Australia and Friends for International TB Relief, Vietnam.
    Currently, I coordinate a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Sydney,
    Australia, investigating a new alternative for the treatment of pulmonary TB
    (NCT05664568) and initiating another RCT in Vietnam studying the feasibility
    of a shorter one month treatment of TB infection. I also lead
    microbiological, genomic, qualitative, prospective cohort studies and
    diagnostic accuracy studies.
    *Areas of interest:*
    Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, tuberculosis infection
    (latent TB)
    Non-tuberculous mycobacterium
    Global Public Health
    Clinical trials
    Mycobacterial microbiology
    Qualitative evaluation
    Pedagogical methods


  • Adjunct lecturer responsible for the Infectious Disease Course in the Medical
    Programme, Karolinska Institutet.
    Main organiser of the national course "Tuberculosis" for residents in
    Infectious Diseases
    Co-organiser of the Europe and Advanced Clinical Course of Tuberculosis
    (EACCTB) in Stockholm, 2017 and 2023


All other publications


  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2025

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Master Of Medical Science 60 Credits, Karolinska Institutet, 2020
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet, 2019

Distinction and awards

  • Associate Professor, 2024

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