Johan von Schreeb.

Johan Von Schreeb


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About me

Professor in Global Disaster Medicine at the Department of Global Public Health and head of the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters. The centre is a WHO collaborative centre that provides trainings in global disaster medicine and trauma care in austere settings, conducts research and supports policy work within the field.

I am a medical doctor specialised in general surgery and did my first field mission in 1989 with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and has since then continued to work with MSF in disasters world wide. For WHO, I coordinated international response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. In 2016. In 2016-17, I supported trauma care support to Mosul and in 2017  provided trainings in trauma care in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine and in 2018  conducted similar trainings in Yemen, all for WHO.  I collaborate with WHO and have co-authored the WHO publication "Classification and standards for Foreign Medical Teams (FMT) in sudden onset disasters" and "Essential clinical care in conflicts and complex emergencies"

I am the co-founder of the Swedish section of MSF and served as its President for seven years.

Based on my field experience as a front line surgeon I published the book “Katastrofdoktorn” Brombergs förlag, 2015. I regularly appear as a disaster medicine expert in radio and television. 

Research description

The research aims at providing scientific evidence to support improvements in assisting people and populations affected by disasters worldwide. Moreover, my research explores how health needs and risks vary depending on type of disaster and context. My group also explores type and level of trauma care needed in resource scarce settings and assess predictions models for early trauma mortality. Please see publication list for more information.

Teaching portfolio

The Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters runs several courses that focuses on managing significant number of disaster affected including management of injuries. The courses cover both clinical and public aspects of disasters using limited resources. The courses include the Erasmus + course "public health in disasters", that is offered in partnership with two European Universities. A 20 ECT course "public health response in disasters" is offered as a free standing course. Every semester a two week elective course (SVK) in "disaster medicine" for medical students is offered. Moreover, a 9-week humanitarian health assistance course is offered for volunteers deploying with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We offer specific trainings in disaster medicine for Swedish doctors undergoing specialisation. Through KI education the centre commisions courses and accepts assignments.


Professor, MD, PhD, Specialist in general surgery

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Awarded Swede of the year 2014 by the news magazine Fokus
  • Awardes the Prins Carl medal by the Swedish King in 2014 for outstanding humanitarian work
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