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About me

Sari Ponzer, MD, PhD is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Karolinska Institutet and the Head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Södersjukhuset (hospital). She is also the Head of Research, Education and Development at Södersjukhuset.

Sari Ponzer completed her undergraduate medical education at Karolinska Institutet in 1986 and became specialist in orthopaedic surgery in 1994. She defended her PhD thesis in traumatology in 1996. She has during the years published over hundred original papers and supervised 9 PhD students as main supervisor and 11 as co-supervisor. She worked for many years as a clinician and as lecturer and course director for undergraduate medical education.

She was the Head of the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet during years 2002-2007.  She chaired KIs curriculum committee for undergraduate medical education (2004-2007) and was responsible for the reform of KIs Nursing program (2010). She was Vice Dean of Education during 2008 and Dean of Education 2009-2011 at Karolinska Institutet. 

Research description

Sari Ponzer and her research group in orthopaedic traumatology are carrying out studies aimed at improving the care of patients with injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The main focus lies on patience with osteoporosis-related fractures, but the group is also working on a number of clinical and epidemiological studies concerning patients with cruciate ligament injuries, infections after surgery and the significance of psychosocial factors for recuperation after an injury. She has been the principal supervisor for nine doctoral students and assistant supervisor for eleven up to their thesis defence.

Since the 1990s, Ponzer has been deeply involved in education issues; she has worked as a supervisor, teacher, and course coordinator for medical students, and has led several pedagogical projects as well. Ponzer has also started a research group within medical education research with a focus on interprofessional training, the significance of mentorship for students in their professional development, as well as how students learn and how their learning can best be supported within clinical activities.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Guest lecturer in Melbourne in 2008

Guest lecturer in Perth in 2011

Karolinska Institutet pedagogical prize 2003

Matts Halldin Prize for pedagogical efforts in clinical education 2005

She has been the chair of the committee for the Karolinska Institutet prize for research in medical pedagogy since 2010.

She is a member of Advisory board of EQ Network since 2014.


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