Dr Olle Ljungqvist
Olle Ljungqvist MD, PhD received his medical degree and obtained his PhD on glucose metabolism in hemorrhage at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. He completed his residency and held several clinical positions in gastrointestinal surgery at the Karolinska Hospital and was appointed Professor of Surgery Nutrition and Metabolism in 2005 at the Karolinska Insitutet. He chaired the Center for Gastrointestinal Disease at Ersta hospital 1999-2008, Stockholm before taking up his current position as Professor of Surgery at Örebro University, Sweden in 2009.
Dr Ljungqvist has served as Chair of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN), the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN) as part of the International Surgical Society. He co-founded the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society 2010. He proposed the use of preoperative carbohydrates instead of overnight fasting for elective surgery and has been active in research in surgical stress, metabolism and nutrition and outcomes focusing on ERAS publishing more than 200 original contributions and reviews.
5 Minutes with Dr Olle Ljungqvist
- What topics are of most interest to you and what will you be speaking on at the ASA NSC 2016?.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS); various aspects from its history to current developments, Guidelines and implementation of ERAS, and why ERAS works; the pathophysiology.
Metabolism and nutrition in surgery
- Why should your presentation not be missed?
ERAS represents a change in dogmas but also in how surgery and anesthesia needs to change to improve care
- How does attending events like the ASA NSC inform or relate to your current practice?
I hold the academic chair at my department where we run ERAS, and I lecture world wide on these topics.
- What do you think are the most exciting recent developments in the field of Anesthesiology?
Several; novel techniques in the use of local anesthetics, muscle relaxation and its reversal, metabolic management from an anesthesia point of view, and the growing interest in anesthesia to study also the long term outcome effects
- What are the biggest challenges?
Having clinicians change from traditional care to current updated evidence based care and to adopt care processes to fit modern practice
- What are you most looking forward to when you visit Melbourne, Australia??
Meeting colleagues and discussing topics of common interest, but also to spend time exploring Melbourne and perhaps have time for a game of golf.