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Honorary Member 2014

Jan Erik Varhaug M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway
Professor of Surgery University of Tromsø, Norway

Founding Member of ESES

Jan Erik Varhaug M.D.
Jan Erik Varhaug M.D.
honoured by Michael Brauckhoff (Norway) during the “Opening Ceremony“


Name: Jan Erik Varhaug.
Date of Birth: August 28 1942, Kristiansand, Norway
Sex: Male.
Citizenship: Norwegian
Married to Inger-Lene Varhaug, born 1945
Children Lene 1968; Pål 1971

Present position: Professor Emeritus, University of Bergen, Since October 2012

Recent academic position: Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway (1991- 2012)
Professor of Surgery 2010 and 2011 University of Tromsø, Norway
Prior to 1991: Assistant and Associate professorships, University of Bergen

Recent clinical position: Clinical Chief Consultant Surgeon, Breast and Endocrine Surgery 1984 – 2005. Senior Consultant in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway until retirement September 2013.

Academic Degrees: Cand. med., Univ of Oslo 1967. Dr. med., Univ of Bergen 1984.

Medical edu. Authorized MD, Norway 1968 exam (US) 1967
Authorized Specialist General Surgery 1976.
Fellow, Division of Endocrine Surgery of the European Union of Medical Specialists (2004)
Authorized Specialist Breast-and Endocrine Surgery 2007 (Novel speciality).

Residency in General Surgery, Innherred Hospital and Haukeland University Hospital.
From 1973 clinical and/or academic positions Haukeland University Hospital and Institute of Surgical Science, UoB; Chief, Endocrine-& Breast Surgery Unit 1984-2004.

Listing of the most important affiliations:
Full time research periods with grants from: - Norwegian Research Council 1981-83:
Norwegian Res Council 1991-92: - Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA (12 months); Norwegian Cancer Society 1999 (4 months); Norwegian Cancer Society 2002 (2 months).

Research areas: - Experimental surgery, gastric mucosal blood flow (Dr med Thesis 1984) -Clinical and basic cancer (thyroid and breast) research – Project Leader Translational Research on Thyroid Carcinoma, joint project with Institute of Molecular Biology, UoB and international collaborators (especially Belgium and USA) –

Breast cancer, clinical; molecular biology, multisenter studies.
Various disorders relevant to endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal).
Please cf. Pubmed)
Research grants yearly from the Norwegian Cancer Society, and from Western Norway Regional Health Authority for the project Thyroid carcinoma; clinical and molecular aspects.

Supervisor of PhD students: Main supervisor: 5 completed +1 ongoing (dissertation 2013); Co-supervisor for 4 complited.
Research evaluation (peer-reviews): Doctorate and Professorial evaluation committees at Universities of Oslo, Trondheim, Uppsala, Stockholm, Lund, Aarhus, and Bergen
- Norwegian Research Council (Basic Biomedicine) 1994-98; –Norwegian Cancer Society (clinical and translational) 1994-99; –EU Biomed-2 program, Brussels 1995; – Reviewer for International journals (~ 150 manuscripts)

Teaching: University of Bergen, Medical School. Postgraduate teaching in Norway and internationally > 30 years
Visiting professor, Cleveland Clinics 1979; Duke University 1991, Univ of Louisville, KY 1992. – Turkish Surgical Society, Ankara 2010
Examinator for Fellowship degree EUMS arranged at ESES meetings Vienna, Krakow, Barcelona, Gothenburg

Academic and professional committees (selected external institutions):
Norwegian Breast Cancer Group, Chairman 1988-91 +Council member -2004.
Scandinavian Section of Endocrine Surgeons, Chairman 1993-95; National Delegate 1988 –present. –
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), Corresponding member since 1992
Norwegian Mammography Screening project, Governmental Planning and Reference groups 1993-99.
International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC); National Delegate 1999– 2008.
European Union, Surgical Education; National delegate Division of Endocrine Surgery 1999–2013.
Norwegian Cancer Society, Reference Council 2000– 2008.
Participant, Founder meeting of International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, SanFransisco 1979
Participant, Founder meeting, European Society of Endocrine Surgeons (ESES), Vienna 2004

Total career publications: 130 in peer-reviewed journals + 12 book chapter /reviews /editorials. (Publications last 5 years : 30 articles + 7 book chapters.)

HonoraryAwards: “Best clinical teacher”, by Medical students, Univ of Bergen, 1994
Honorary Member, The Norwegian Surgical Society, 2008
Recipient of Best Quality Prize, from The Western Norway Regional Health Authority, 2008
Recipient of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, Knight 1. Class, 2009.
Honorary Member, The Norwegian Society of Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Updated May 2014
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