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Sari Ponzer

Professor/senior physician

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About me

Sari Ponzer, MD, PhD is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Karolinska Institutet and the Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Södersjukhuset (hospital). She is also the Director of Research, Education, Development and Innovation at Södersjukhuset.

Sari Ponzer completed her undergraduate medical education at Karolinska Institutet in 1986 and became specialist in orthopaedic surgery in 1994. She defended her PhD thesis in traumatology in 1996. She has during the years published over hundred original papers and supervised 10 PhD students as main supervisor and 12 as co-supervisor. She worked for many years as a clinician and as lecturer and course director for undergraduate medical education.

She was the Head of the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet during years 2002-2007.  She chaired KIs curriculum committee for undergraduate medical education (2004-2007) and was responsible for the reform of KIs Nursing program (2010). She was Vice Dean of Education during 2008 and Dean of Education 2009-2011 at Karolinska Institutet. 

Research description

Sari Ponzer´s research in orthopaedics aims at improving the care of patients with injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The main focus lies on osteoporosis-related fractures.   

Since the 1990s, Ponzer has also been deeply involved in educational issues; she has worked as a supervisor, teacher, and course coordinator for medical students, and has led several pedagogical projects in medical education with a focus on interprofessional education, leadership in education and professional development

She has been main-supervisor for 12 and co-supervisor for 19 PhD students.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Guest lecturer in Melbourne in 2008

Guest lecturer in Perth in 2011

Karolinska Institutet pedagogical prize 2003

Matts Halldin Prize for pedagogical efforts in clinical education 2005

She has been the chair of the committee for the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education since 2010.