Personal profile


Education and previous employments

1983 -  Graduated from University of Copenhagen as medical doctor (MD)

1994 -  Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMSc; doctoral thesis: ”The microcirculation of the heart with special reference to the role of reactive oxygen metabolites in the microvascular reperfusion injury; University of Copenhagen,

1995 - Board certified specialist in General Internal Medicine

1997 - Board certified specialist in Cardiovascular Diseases (Cardiology)

2004-05 - Professor of Invasive Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Copenhagen


Current employments and administrative functions

1998 - Chief Physician (consultant), Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital

2007 - Professor of Cardiac Arrhythmia, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

2013 -  Coordinating Professor at the Heart Centre, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen

2014 -  Deputy Head of Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen

2015 -  Director of Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology (following Stig Haunsø), The Heart Centre, Rigshospitalet

Main research areas

Research is currently focused on cardiac arrhythmias including: Atrial fibrillation, ion channel diseases, genetics in arrhythmia, inflammation in arrhythmia, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, ICD treatment, CRT (Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy; biventricular pacing) of heart failure, catheter ablation, ECG analysis.

Supervisor on 30 bachelor or master thesis projects (of these 25 have been successfully finalised, 5 are ongoing). Supervisor on 25 Ph.D. projects (of these 17 have been successfully defended, one has been submitted to University of Copenhagen, 7 are ongoing).

Comments to list of publications


Author or co-author of more than 270 research papers in peer reviewed journals of which more than 220 are original

scientific publications. In addition, author of 16 book chapters or books.


In my clinical work I primarily take care of patients with cardiac arrhythmia diseases. I have expertise in implantation and control of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (pacemakers, ICDs and CRTs). I have experience in lead (electrode) extractions (using passive, mechanical and laser tools), radiofrequency catheter ablation and renal denervation for hypertension. I was the first in Northern Europe to perform implantation of leadless pacemakers (Medtronic Micra). Besides the invasive treatment of cardiac arrhythmia patients, I have expertise in their pharmacological antiarrhythmic treatment. Furthermore, I also take part of handling patients with inherited arrhythmic disorders as well as patients with general cardiologic diseases and symptoms.

Current research

Genetics in cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of stroke due to early identification of atrial fibrillation in high risk individuals (the loop study), mar

Potential conflicts of interest

Research grants and personal fees from Medtronic; research grant from Gilead, research grant and personal fees from Biotronik and personal fees from Boehringer Ingelheim, Novo Nordisk, Bayer and Astra-Zeneca.

External positions

Konst. Institutleder, Institut for Klinisk Medicin, SUND, Københavns Universitet., University of Copenhagen

2005 → …


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