Development of cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgery has experienced a substantial evolution throughout the last decades. Our patients are older and more fragile compared with the ones in the 1990’s. 

Still the excellent postoperative outcome is maintained and in some aspects better. This improvement is the result of research in diagnostics, anesthesia and surgery.

The common aim of my research project is to further improve survival and quality of life for our patients. It includes studies on heart metabolism and evaluation of metabolic support at cardiac surgery as well as survey of cardiac function, survival and prognostic factors after aortic valve intervention both with open surgery and with catheter mediated technique.

I am also in charge of projects in which we evaluate surgery for atrial fibrillation and surgery for mitral regurgitation. 


About me


  • 1989 Medical Doctor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • 1998 Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 2006 PhD in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2015 Docent in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2021 Associate Professor


  • Scientific board member of SATS (Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery)
  • Research coordinator at the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital in Linköping
  • Member of the Swedish Reference Group for Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Principal Investegator for TACSI, GLUTAMICS II, Freestyle Nordic Experience


  • James Cook University, Australien
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Rigshospitalet i Köpenhamn
  • NTNU – Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet, Trondheim
  • Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


Selected publications

Recent publications




County Council of Östergötland

  • Gabriella Boano, PhD-student
  • Meriam Åström Aneq, Docent
  • Charitakis Emmanouil, PhD
  • Sofia Sunnerud, PhD-student
  • Henrik Hultkvist, PhD-student
  • Jonas Holm, PhD