Lina Davies Forsman

Affiliated to research

Lina Davies Forsman, MD, PhD
Senior Consultant Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases

About me

~~I am a Senior Consultant in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine at the Infectious Disease department of Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden. My main research interest is tuberculosis (TB), especially multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), an interest set in motion by working for a year as a Senior Medical Officer in Tugela Ferry, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Ten years after working in South Africa I successfully completed my thesis in Clinical Epidemiology, specialising in MDR-TB, at Karolinska Institutet, in 2018. I have been a member of the steering group of the Karolinska Institutet TB research centre and the National Advisory Board for TB in Sweden for several years.

Research description

~~My research has focused on MDR-TB and treatment optimization, through repurposed and individualized therapy with therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). In addition, I am interested in definitions of M.tuberculosis resistance and determination of the level of resistance, i.e. the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). I am also interested in social determinants for tuberculosis and Global Health, sparked by my experience from working with tuberculosis in a high-endemic country such as South Africa. I am also the Swedish organizer of a prospective clinical study in Xiamen, China, in collaboration with Fudan University (funded by the Swedish Research Council as well as the National Science Foundation of China), which is exploring drug exposure in relation to MICs in MDR-TB patients.

Areas of interest:

Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis Epidemiology Global Health Clinical trials Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics Mycobacterial microbiology  

Teaching portfolio

~~Lecturer on Karolinska Institutet’s Infectious Disease course for medical students, since 2010.

Co-organiser of the Europe and Advanced Clinical Course of Tuberculosis (EACCTB) in Stockholm, 2017.

External lecturer for various institutions and clinics. 


PhD Clinical Epidemiolgy             2018 Consultant Infectious Disease    2012 Consultant Internal Medicine     2011 Registered Medical Practitioner 2006  

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2015 Pfizer scholarship 2014 Göran Sterner scholarship 2009 – 2018 Voted ”Best lecturer” six times by Karolinska medical students 2018 Nominated for the “Exemplary employee award”, Karolinska University Hospital (15 000 employees)