25 July 2019

Kasper Iversen Is Awarded a Professorship in Emergency Medicine


On 1 August 2019, Kasper Iversen from the Department of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor at the hospitals in Herlev and Gentofte will take up his position as professor of emergency medicine. The professorship is supported by DKK 6 million from TrygFonden.

Emergency medicine is a relatively newly established medical specialty and thus has a great research potential. Now, Kasper Iversen from the Department of Clinical Medicine is given the opportunity to dive into relevant topics in the field when he takes up his professorship in emergency medicine on 1 August 2019.

‘I am very pleased to have been awarded this professorship. There is still relatively little research in the field of emergency medicine, and we lack evidence in a number of areas, so I look forward continuing our good research collaboration, regionally and hopefully nationally, with focus on improving the treatment and diagnostics of acutely hospitalised patients’, says Kasper Iversen, who in addition to his professorship will also in the future be associated with the Emergency Department at the hospitals in Herlev and Gentofte.

An Area with a Great Potential
In autumn 2018, Kasper Iversen co-authored a large study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal. The study, which received rather extensive press coverage in Danish media, showed that when health professionals take a look at a patient, they are better at predicting mortality than the algorithm used in the Danish emergency departments.

Right now, he is conducting a large, randomised study involving 150,000 patients which shall show whether the ‘clinical look’ can also be used to improve the risk assessment of hospitalised patients. Likewise, Kasper Iversen has recently published a number of results within cardiology which show that e.g. treatment at home can cut hospitalisation time in half for seriously ill heart patients.

’Emergency medicine is a newly established medical specialty, and we therefore see a number of unchartered research opportunities. I expect that it will be attractive to both our students and junior doctors because it provides opportunities for learning how to manage and communicate with emergency patients, for good teamwork and for treating patients within a wide range of the diseases. The newly appointed professor, who is the only one of his kind in the Eastern part of Denmark, will contribute to the scientific development of the specialty and to the recruitment of well-qualified younger employees’, says Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen.

Need for Research Within the Emergency Field
The professorship is supported by DKK 6 million from TrygFonden:

‘The emergency health care system treats many thousands of people every year. Emergency treatment is challenging. It is often difficult to establish which patients are critically ill and what they suffer from. Therefore, there is a great potential in conducting research into emergency care diagnostics and treatments’, says Anders Hede, Research Director at TrygFonden.

Kaper Iversen graduated with a medical degree from the University of Copenhagen in 2001. He is doctor of medical science and medical specialist in cardiology and - since February 2019 - also in emergency medicine. Since January 2016, he has been responsible for research in the Emergency Department at the hospitals in Herlev and Gentofte. He takes up his position as professor of emergency medicine on 1 August.

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