Lina Davies Forsman

Affiliated to research

Lina Davies Forsman, MD, MGPH, 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. I also have an interest in other difficult to treat mycobacterial infections, including M.abscessus and MAC, and I am the chair of the Scandinavian NTM Expert Group.

I'm currently working in the University of Sydney, Australia, for an international postdoc with Professor Jan-Willem Alffenaar.

Research description

~~My research has focused on difficult to treat mycobacteria 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 have several international collaborations, including Fudan University, China, and University of Sydney, Australia. 

Areas of interest:

Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

Non-tuberculous mycobacteria Epidemiology Global Health Clinical trials Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics Mycobacterial microbiology  

Teaching portfolio

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

Main organiser of the national course  "Tuberculosis" for residents in Infectious Diseases

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

External lecturer for various institutions and clinics. 


Master of Global Public Health     2020

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 – 2022 Voted ”Best lecturer” 11 times by Karolinska medical students 2018 Nominated for the “Exemplary employee award”, Karolinska University Hospital (15 000 employees)