About me

Research group leader of the group Surgical Care Science

Pernilla Lagergren (born Viklund) became a registered nurse in 1999 and doctor of medicine (Ph.D.) in 2006 at KI. Thereafter, she conducted a post-doc period during 1 ½ years at the University of Bristol, England, in 2006-2007. She has an associate professorship since 2010 and in 2011 she was appointed a full-time position as a professor at KI. Since March 2018 she has a chair (permanent professor) in surgical care sciences at the Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom on a part-time basis.

Research description

Pernilla leads her own research group within surgical care science. Her main research area is health-related quality of life (HRQOL), particularly in patients with cancer of the oesophagus. Her research focuses on factors influencing the HRQOL and recovery after surgical treatment for cancer in a short and long-term perspective. Moreover, she evaluates if HRQOL can be used as a prognostic factor. Further, her research involves methodological development of the use and management of HRQOL data with the aim of facilitating the interpretation of patient reported outcomes and improving the evaluation of potential confounding factors. Her future research will continue to focus mainly on patients with oesophageal cancer, and she will develop this area using patient-reported outcome measures where aspects of psychosocial distress, social support and coping are among other. Moreover, her future research aims to include patients family and their need of support. She hopes that the future research in this field will make a major contribution to improving the quality of life of oesophageal cancer patients and their closest family.



Teaching portfolio

Associate professor in care sciences 2010


Registered nurse, Hälsohögskolan, Umeå 1999

PhD in Surgery, Karolinska Instiutet, Stockholm 2006

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Recipient of Hilda och Alfred Erikssons research prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2020

Recipient of Eric K. Fernströms research prize in medicine for young scientists at Karolinska Institutet 2018

Recipient of Anders Jahre's research prize in medicine for young scientists 2015

Visiting professor at King's College, London, UK 2013-

Recipient of Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagbergs research prize 2012

Elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences 2012 -

Member of the Steering Committee of the European Collaborative Group on Cancer Survivorship 2012 -

Recipient of a Postdoctoral Stipend Award from the Swedish Society for Medical Research 2007