Medical doctor, biologist and instructor in wilderness medicine
Wilderness medicine has been a passion of mine since I started working as a physician in 2006. My day-to-day work as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in Gothenburg, Sweden is a rewarding way to meet a wide variety of patients.
I have had the privilege to be part of the group that introduced the Scandinavian version of Diploma of Mountain Medicine, ScanDiMM as well as the group that brought AWLS to Sweden and Norway. I recently had the opportunity to participate as the expedition doctor for the 2017 Magic-DML expedition to Antarctica for the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
In my private life, outdoor activities have played a large role and has, among other paths, led me to a one year course for wilderness guides as well as work as a sea-kayak guide. As a result of my love for the outdoors I have probably spent many months or probably years in a tent and hammock. Climbing in different forms have continued to be a source of joy and even though I feel most at home on traditional granite routes, climbing has brought me to locations such as the Himalayas, South America, Africa and Australia. I have been a member of the medical committee of the Swedish climbing association and developed the first-aid course norm for Swedish climbing instructors.
Research in the field of biology has resulted in long periods in the rainforests of Central America, where I learned about heat-related illnesses, insect bites and tropical medicine. As a doctor, I have participated in medical work in impoverished regions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Kenya and Nicaragua. Improvisation and working with limited resources can be challenging and humbling but carries many important lessons that I have tried to integrate into my work and teaching.