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About me

I have a professional background in medicine, medical statistics and public health. Currently I am a lecturer in medical statistics and statistical consultant at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics. I am a course leader for PhD and MPH courses and involved in teaching basic epidemiology and Statistics 1 and statistics 2 for masters students and basic, intermediate and advanced statistical courses for PhD students. Since 2010 I have been involved as guest lecturer and visiting Associate professor in medical statistics in Riga Stradins University, Latvia.

Before joining Karolinska Institutet in October 2007, served as health manager and medical doctor in the Ministry of Health, Ethiopia and as Assistant professor in Public Health (Associate Professor, 1998) and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Addis Ababa University (AAU).




Masters of Public Health (MPH), Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia, 1992.
Doctor in Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1987


  • Epidemiology, Umeå University, Sweden, February 2- May 5, 1998
  • Qualitative Methods I and II, Umeå University, Sweden, February 2- May 5, 1998
  • Graduate summer program in Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA, July 1996
  • Epidemiology and Field Research II, Advanced Course, Umeå University, Sweden, May 30-June 10, 1994
  • Anthropology of health and health care, University of Amsterdam, The Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands and Mahidol University, Bangkok, January 24- February 25, 1994
  • District health management, Certificate, WHO, and Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, 1988

Research description

Research, statistical consultancy and editorial work


  • Authored or co-authored and published 24 articles
  • Authored statistical methods of research protocols
  • Received research awards as primary- or co-applicant

Currently involved in the following research projects

  • eHealth in primary health care
  • Chiropractic care and physiotherapy
  • Oral health and substance use disorder

Research funding (Selected)

  • Teaching medical Statistics for PhD students – minimizing pains and maximizing empowerment – an innovative project (Primary applicant), 2013
  • Tailored interactive training with virtual teacher encounters to improve understanding and retention of basic statistics among doctoral students (Co-applicant), 2010
  • "Illicit drug use" - an international study : country coordinator and principal investigator for the Ethiopian study, 1998
  • “Immunization project” - a multi-national study. Patterns of vaccination acceptance. Country coordinator and principal investigator for the Ethiopian study, 1996

Editor of scientific bulletin

  • Community Health Bulletin, Department of Community Health, Addis Ababa University: 1994-1997

Member of an editorial board

  • Editorial Board of the Ethiopian Medical Journal, 1995-2000
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Felege Tena Newsletter, (Newsletter of the Ethiopian Public Health Association), 1994-1998
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Community Health Bulletin, Department of Community Health, Addis Ababa University, 1994-1998


Teaching portfolio

Courses given, LIME, Karolinska Institutet, 2007-2017

  • Longitudinal data analysis- classical and modern methods, 2015-2017
  • Basic course in medical statistics, face-to-face, TBL and online PhD courses, 2007-2017
  • Intermediate statistics – regression model, PhD course, 2014-2017
  • Basic epidemiology and statistics 1 for Masters students, 2012-2017
  • Statistics 2 for Masters students, 2012-2017
  • Statistics 1 for clinicians in molecular biology, PhD, course, 2012-2017
  • Statistics 2 for clinicians in molecular biology, PhD course, 2012-2017
  • ANOVA and Regression analysis, 2010-2017
  • Multivariate analysis, 2010-2013
  • Statistical reasoning and Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT), 2009-2010
  • Degree project for public health sciences, 2013-2017
  • Degree project for health informatics, 2014-2015


  • Foster students’ knowledge in medical statistics by connecting statistical course content to research work- more than 2000 PhD students’ successfully completed the basic course; more than 500 PhD students successfully completed intermediate and advance medical statistics courses
  • Taught Basic Epidemiology and Statistics 1 and Statistics 2 and quantitative analysis and research methods for Masters students- more than 200 Masters students successfully completed the course
  • Developed and delivered intensive medical statistics course for more than 200 PhD students in Riga Stradins University, Latvia
  • Developed and successfully implemented seminars in choosing statistical methods, statistical reasoning, planning statistical analysis and critical review of scientific article
  • Earned excellent student evaluation
  • Co-developed and implemented team based learning
  • Supervised 24 Masters and 2 PhD students in different public health and health informatics topics as primary or co-supervisor (Addis Abba University, KI and Riga Stradins University)  

Statistical consultancy

  • Statistical consultations for various institutions at KI ( 2007- present)
  • Public health, epidemiological and statistical consultations for various institutions in the Faculty of Medicine, AAU, ministry of health of Ethiopia, non-governmental organizations,researchers (1993-1998, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia)
  • Demonstrated expertise in statistical analysis and acted as corporate resource- provided 1-3 statistical consultations per week
  • Oversaw analyses and reports and provided expertise in diverse contexts
  • Ensured complete and accurate data was reported and supervised data analysts

Academic honours, awards and prizes


  • Francesco Pocchiaro award of the World Health Organization granted to encourage young researchers: 50th World Health Assembly, May 1997, Geneva
  • Fogarty fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA, 1996
  • Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission Research Award, 1996


Prenatal Exposure to Snus Alters Heart Rate Variability in the Infant
Nordenstam F, Lundell B, Cohen G, Tessma Mk, Raaschou P, Wickström R
Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2017;19(7):797-803

Text messaging (SMS) as a tool to facilitate weight loss and prevent metabolic deterioration in clinically healthy overweight and obese subjects: a randomised controlled trial
Silina V, Tessma Mk, Senkane S, Krievina G, Bahs G
Scandinavian journal of primary health care 2017;35(3):262-270

Clinical characterisation at onset of childhood psoriasis - a cross sectional study in Sweden
Lysell J, Tessma M, Nikamo P, Wahlgren Cf, Ståhle M
Acta dermato-venereologica 2015;95(4):457-61

Patient Demonstration Videos in Predoctoral Endodontic Education: Aspects Perceived as Beneficial by Students
Edrees Hy, Ohlin J, Ahlquist M, Tessma Mk, Zary N
Journal of dental education 2015;79(8):928-33

Predictors of sustained maternal milk feeds in extremely preterm infants
Omarsdottir S, Adling A, Bonamy Ak, Legnevall L, Tessma Mk, Vanpée M
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2015;35(5):367-72

Factors of importance for self-reported mental health and depressive symptoms among ages 60-75 in urban Iran and Sweden
Momeni P, Wettergren L, Tessma M, Maddah S, Emami A

As time goes by: Stakeholder opinions on the implementation and use of a virtual patient simulation system
Botezatu M, Hult H, Tessma Mk, Fors Ugh
MEDICAL TEACHER 2010;32(11):e509-16

Early Hyperglycemia Is a Risk Factor for Death and White Matter Reduction in Preterm Infants
Alexandrou G, Skiold B, Karlen J, Tessma Mk, Norman M, Aden U, et al
PEDIATRICS 2010;125(3):e584-91

Gender specific variations in the description, intensity and location of Angina Pectoris: A cross-sectional study
Ghezeljeh Tn, Momtahen M, Tessma Mk, Nikravesh My, Ekman I, Emami A

Measuring social alienation in adolescence: Translation and validation of the Jessor and Jessor Social Alienation Scale
Safipour J, Tessma Mk, Higginbottom G, Emami A

Physician order entry or nurse order entry? Comparison of two implementation strategies for a computerized order entry system aimed at reducing dosing medication errors
Kazemi A, Fors Ug, Tofighi S, Tessma M, Ellenius J
Journal of medical Internet research 2010;12(1):e5-

Virtual patient simulation for learning and assessment: Superior results in comparison with regular course exams
Botezatu M, Hult H, Tessma Mk, Fors Ugh
MEDICAL TEACHER 2010;32(10):845-50

Virtual patient simulation: Knowledge gain or knowledge loss?
Botezatu M, Hult H, Tessma Mk, Fors U
MEDICAL TEACHER 2010;32(7):562-8

The Iranian version of Angina Pectoris characteristics questionnaire: reliability assessment
Najafi-ghezeljeh T, Kassaye Tessama M, Yadavar-nikravesh M, Ekman I, Emami A

The magnitude of khat use and its association with health, nutrition and socio-economic status
Belew M, Kebede D, Kassaye M, Enquoselassie F

Magnitude, type and outcomes of physical violence against married women in Butajira, southern Ethiopia
Deyessa N, Kassaye M, Demeke B, Taffa N

Prevalence and outcomes of sexual violence among high school students
Mulugeta E, Kassaye M, Berhane Y

Modifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease among young people in Addis Ababa
Betre M, Kebede D, Kassaye M

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  • Vija Siliņa, Mesfin K. Tessma, Peteris Tretjakovs, Gita Krievina, Guntis Bahs. Differences in omentin levels between healthy overweight people with and without signs of fatty liver, in 20th Wonca Europe conference 2015
  • Vija Siliņa, Mesfin K. Tessma, Peteris Tretjakovs, Gita Krievina, Guntis Bahs. Differences in weight and waist circumference reduction between people of different HOMA-IR among clinically healthy overweight and obese individuals. Riga Stradins University, ISBN 9789984793528 (Riga, Latvia 2014)
  • Vija Siliņa, Mesfin K. Tessma, Ilze Jakobsone, Guntis Bahs. Correlation of anthropometric, liver enzymes, hepatic density values in clinically healthy overweight men and women. March 21-22, 2013. Riga Strandins University Scientific Conference, Latvia.
  • Mesfin K Tessma. Mobile telephone-based diabetes control in developing countries: an innovative strategy - the virtual doctor. Third World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry, 9-11 March 2012, London.
  • Mesfin K Tessma, Olivier Courteille, Margareta Krook-Brandt, Solvig Ekbla. Teaching and learning linear regression: virtual teacher or face to face (F2F) method-a comparative study. March 27, 2012, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 
  • Mesfin K Tessma, Jakob Bergström, Margareta Krook-Brandt, Magnus Backheden, Hans Hindbeck. Teaching and learning basic medical statistics among doctoral students a comparative study - the blended approach. March 27, 2012Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Courteille O, Tessma M K, Krook-Brandt M, Ekblad S. Exploring doctoral students learning experience and attitudes towards a virtual teacher in basic medical statistics. March 27, 2012Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
  • Mesfin Tessma. Reliability and validity of an assessment instrument for anxiety, depression and stress among asylum seekers living in Sweden: Presented at the Scientific International Conference in the field of Migration, Social Medicine and Global Mental Health, Stockholm, Sweden, May 25, 2010