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MD, University of Copenhagen (1968)

Chief Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Hvidovre University Hospital (1989-2004)

Head, Section for Surgical Pathophysiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (2004- )

Professor of Surgery, Copenhagen University (1991-2005)

Professor of Perioperative Therapy, Copenhagen University (2006- )


Ph.D., Copenhagen University 1977, “Clinical course and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical function in glucocorticoid treated surgical patients”.


Scientific publications: > 1,250 articles, predominantly within the topics of surgical pathophysiology, acute pain physiology and treatment, the surgical stress response, regional anaesthesia, postoperative fatigue, postoperative immunofunction, fluid management, cognitive function and perioperative morbidity. The research results have been condensed into the concept of “Fast-track surgery”, which is undergoing implementation worldwide.


H-index: 117 (Web of Science)                             >57,500 citations, >4,400/yr last 2 years


Invited Lecturer in International Scientific Symposia: > 400 invited lectures in international scientific meetings in Europe, North- and South America, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Invited Guest Lecturer; visiting professor: > 150 invited lectures in various university departments of Surgery and Anaesthesiology in Europe, North- and South America, South East Asia, Middle East, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Honorary awards and lectures:

Honorary Doctor, Linköping University, Sweden 1987

Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Anaesthetists, England 1995

Honorary Fellow, American College of Surgeons, US 2003

Honorary Fellow of The German Surgical Society, Germany 2005

Honorary Member of the Chilean Surgical Society, Chile 2006

Honorary Member of the Chilean Colorectal Society, Chile 2006

Honorary Member of the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Germany 2007

Honorary Member of the Spanish Society of Colo-proctology, Spain 2010

Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australia 2012

Honorary Fellow, American Surgical Association, US 2012

Honorary Fellow, American Society for Colon & Rectal Surgeons, US 2013

Honorary Member Danish Surgical Society, DK 2013


The ASRA Lecture, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, San Diego, US 1984

The Arwid Wretlind Lecture, European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Greece 1990

The Husfeldt Lecture, Danish Society of Anaesthesiology, Denmark 1991

The Steen-Otto Liljedahl Lecture, Linköping University, Sweden 1991

The Annual Honorary Lecture, Faculty of Anaesthetists in Ireland, Dublin 1991

The Hust Memorial Lecture, Department of Surgery, Atlanta University, Atlanta, US 1992

The Annual Honorary Lecture, Danish Society of Orthopedic Surgery, Copenhagen 1993

The Bonica Lecture, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Seattle, US 1993

The Martin H:sson Holmdahl Lecture, Swedish Society of Anaesthesiology, Stockholm, Sweden 1994

The Ben Covino Lecture, Harvard University, Boston, US 1995

The Ferguson Lecture, Harvard University, Boston, US 1995

The Rutherford Morrison Lecture, Newcastle University, England 1998                            

The Queen Ingrid of Denmark Honorary Lecture, Denmark, Åbenrå, 1998

The Bengt Ihre Oration, Linköping University, Sweden 1998                                                    

The Annual Health Care Lecture, British Society of Anaesthetists, London 1999

The Annual Pain Lecture, British Pain Society, Edinburgh, England 1999

The Bruce Scott Lecture, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia, Cambridge, England 2001

The Carl Koller Lecture, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia, Malta 2003

The Michael Cousins Lecture, Australian & New Zealand Anaesthesia Society, Hobart, Australia 2003

The Thomas G Williams Lecture, Canadian Surgical Society, Ottawa, Canada 2004

The Ron Needs Lecture, Toronto University, Canada 2004

The Labat Lecture, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Toronto, Canada, 2005

The Litchfield Lecture, Oxford University, England 2005

The Rupert B Turnbull Memorial Oration, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, US 2005

The Theodor Kocher Lecture, Berne University, Switzerland 2005

The Harry E Bacon Lecture, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Seattle, US 2006

The International Surgery Lecture, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, US 2006

The Nicoll Lecture, International Association for Ambulatory Surgery, Amsterdam, Holland 2007

The British Journal of Surgery Lecture, Society of Academic Surgeons, Birmingham, England 2008

The Annual Lecture of the American Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, Miami US 2008

The British Journal of Surgery lecture, German Surgical Society, Munich, Germany 2009

The Honorary Lecture, Scandinavian Society of Gastroenterology, Stavanger, Norway 2009

The Ron Needs Lecture, Toronto University, Canada 2009

The Astley Cooper Oration, British Hernia Society, Bournemouth, UK 2009

The Simpson Memorial Lecture, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland 2010

The Henry Starling Lecture, University College of London, UK 2010

The Eigil Amundsen Honorary Lecture, Oslo University, Norway 2010

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia Distinguished Award Lecture, Alicante, Spain 2010

The Gelman-Zinner Lecture, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University Boston, US 2011

The Wesley Bourne Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 2011

The Prithvi Raj Honorary Lecture, World Institute Pain, Miami, US 2012

The Jacques Perissat Lecture, European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, Brussels, 2012

The First Henrik Kehlet Lecture, Enhanced Surgical Recovery Society, Cannes, FR 2012

The Peter Glass Lecture, Stony Brook University, NY, US 2015

The British Journal of Surgery Lecture, Society of University Surgeons, Jacksonville, US 2016

The Earl Wynands Lecture, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada 2016

The Rod Armstrong Lecture, Kings College, Ireland, 2016

The Michael Freeman Honorary Lecture, 18th EFORT Congress, Vienna, Austria 2017

The Lars Påhlman Memorial Lecture, European Colorectal Congress, St. Gallen, CH 2017

The Adrian Henry Lecture, British Orthopaedic Association, Liverpool, UK 2017  

The Honorary Lecture, Swedish Society of Perioperative Medicine, Malmö, S 2017

The Somsri Pausawadi Honorary Lecture, Thai Pain Society, Bangkok, Thailand 2018

The John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecture, 17th World Congress of Pain, Boston, US 2018

The Merel Harmel Honorary Lecture, Duke University, NC, US 2019

The Rynd Honorary Lecture, Irish Faculty of Pain Medicine, Dublin, Ireland, 2020

The Annual John Bonica Honorary Lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, US, 2023


Other Honorary Awards
The Novo-Nordic Award, Denmark 1996

The August Krogh Award, Denmark, 2000

The Gimbernat Prize, Catalan Surgical Society, Barcelona 2007

The Fritz-Erler Award, Erlangen University, Germany 2009

The Kirsten and Freddy Johansen Clinical Research Prize, Copenhagen University, Denmark 2011

Global Excellence Award, Capital Region, Denmark 2012 and 2016

Excellence in Research Award, American Society of Anesthesiologists, US 2014

First honorary award in Zealand University Hospital, DK 2016

First recipient of the BJS Society Award, 2023


- Perioperative pain management

- Transition to persistent post-surgical pain

- Fast-track surgery/enhanced surgical recovery programmes

- Hip and knee replacement

Main research areas

Development and future improvement of fast-track surgery/enhanced recovery programmes regarding surgical technique, fluid management, pain management, orthostatic intolerance, blood management, organisation and rehabilitation.  

Current research

Future improvement of fast-track surgery/enhanced recovery programmes regarding specific topics (see above) across surgical procedures although using hip and knee replacement as a relevant surgical model for other procedures.

Potential conflicts of interest

No conflict of interest.


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