I believe that we as hospital doctors at Aalborg University Hospital are obliged to do research and that I as head of the shoulder and elbow unit should encourage this within my own subspeciality.
The shoulder- and elbow unit is mainly located at our satellite hospital in Farsoe, where we serve the entire population of North Region Denmark concerning more advanced shoulder diseases and surgery. Our focus is not only surgery; we are interested in providing the best treatment for each patient based on current evidence and best practice. Our team include specialized physiotherapists and nurses working closely together with the surgeons.
We are interested in all research that improve knowledge about shoulder- and elbow disorders and their treatment. Based on a strong tradition for radiostereometric analyses in Farsoe, we are
currently studying micromotions of glenoid components after total shoulder arthroplasty.
We have started collaboration with center for pain research at Aalborg University so far resulting in a publication regarding exercises and pain in patients with subacromial pain syndrome.
We are participating in multicenter randomized controlled trials regarding physiotherapy versus arthroplasty for degenerative glenohumeral diseases, operative versus nonoperative treatment of humeral shaft fractures, and suture versus tension-band fixation of olecranon fractures.
I am currently head of the Danish Shoulder Arthroplasty Register and as such interested in registry research. I am participating in studies the Danish registry as well as the Nordic Arthroplasty Register Association.
My other positions include membership of the European Commission’s Expert Panel under the Medical Device Regulations. I am previous chair of the Danish Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and previous board member of the Danish Orthopaedic Society.