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Oliver Gimm

Professor, Head of Division

The endocrine system is fascinating. It includes all tissues that produce hormones which then are secreted and which through the blood system reach all organs in the body. In this way hormones affect many functions of our body.

The endocrine system

If you skew the endocrine system, you lose the pathways to self. When endocrine patterns change, it alters the way you think and feel. One shift in the pattern tends to trip another.
Hilary Mantel

 I became interested in endocrine tumors already as a student when I studied the prognostic significance of different parameters in patients with papillary thyroid cancer. Later even studies of the parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands and the endocrine intestinal tumors followed. Although endocrine tumors are often small and benign, they can be of great clinical importance because of the increased hormone production.

I learned early that genes play a major role in the development of endocrine tumors but I could not imagine how much when I started to learn molecular genetics over a 3-year period in the United States. For example, until 2000 it was assumed that about 10 % of all tumors originating from the adrenal medulla (pheochromocytoma) are hereditary. Today we know that probably at least 30 % are hereditary.

First of all, many human diseases are influenced by, if not caused by mutations in genes.
Daniel Nathans

To identify genes involved in the pathogenesis of these tumors may help to develop new therapeutic modalities.


Selected publications

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Rodrigo A. Toledo, Nelly Burnichon, Alberto Cascon, Diana E. Benn, Jean-Pierre Bayley, Jenny Welander, Carli M. Tops, Helen Firth, Trish Dwight, Tonino Ercolino, Massimo Mannelli, Giuseppe Opocher, Roderick Clifton-Bligh, Oliver Gimm, Eamonn R. Maher, Mercedes Robledo, Anne-Paule Gimenez-Roqueplo, Patricia L. M. Dahia (2017)

Nature Reviews Endocrinology , Vol.13 , s.233-247 Continue to DOI

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Adam Stenman, Jenny Welander, Ida Gustavsson, Laurent Brunaud, Martin Backdahl, Peter Söderkvist, Oliver Gimm, C. Christofer Juhlin, Catharina Larsson (2016)

Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer , Vol.55 , s.452-459 Continue to DOI

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Ravi Kumar Dutta, Peter Söderkvist, Oliver Gimm (2016)

Endocrine-Related Cancer , Vol.23 , s.R437-R454 Continue to DOI

Latest publications


Ervin Beka, Oliver Gimm (2024) Voice Changes Without Laryngeal Nerve Alterations After Thyroidectomy: The Need For Prospective Trials - A Review Study Journal of Voice, Vol. 38, p. 231-238 Continue to DOI
Johan Eneholm, Ervin Beka, Róbert Kotán, Oliver Gimm (2024) A retrospective study comparing minimally invasive versus open surgical resection of small intestinal neuroendocrine neoplasms at a tertiary referral center European Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol. 50, Article 107936 Continue to DOI
Ervin Beka, Hanan Hanna, Pia Olofsson, Oliver Gimm (2024) Hemithyroidectomy, does the indication influence the outcome? Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), Vol. 409, Article 1 Continue to DOI


About me


  • 2010 Professor of Surgery, Linköping University
  • 2009 Associate Professor of Surgery (Sweden)
  • 2004 Associate Professor of Surgery (Germany)
  • 2003 Specialist in Surgery (Germany)
  • 1999-2000 Post-doc, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH (USA)
  • 1997-1998 Post-doc, DFCI, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (USA)
  • 1995 Dissertation, Medical School of Hannover (Germany)
  • 1998-1994 Medical student, Medical School of Hannover (Germany)


  • I teach medical students in anatomy and the care of acute ill surgical patients


  • “Kandidat kork-priset”, spring term 2014



  • Member of LiU Cancer


  • Collaboration with professor Peter Söderkvist (IKE), professor Anders Persson (IMH) and professor Kajsa Uvdal (IFM) at Linköping University