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Dr Greger Lindberg graduated from the Medical School at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, in 1978. After Internship at the Seraphimer Hospital he began working at Huddinge University Hospital in 1980.

Dr Lindberg qualified as a Specialist in Internal Medicine 1985 and in Gastroenterology 1988. In 1991 he was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist. In 1992 he moved with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology to the Department of Surgery and in 1996 surgeons and physicians at Huddinge University Hospital joined to form the Centre for Gastroenterology where he works today.

Dr Lindberg has been involved with clinical research since 1975. His early research concerned medical decision making and computer assisted diagnosis and in 1982 he defended his PhD thesis "Studies on Diagnostic Decision Making in Jaundice". After that he studied the pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, and treatment of patients with various forms of dyspepsia. This led to a growing interest in gastrointestinal motility.

Dr Lindberg learned about intestinal manometry at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. Here a team developed a technique for ambulatory monitoring of small bowel motility which became an important tool for the study of patients with suspected motility disorders. They also took the diagnosis one step further by exploring the underlying structural abnormalities in laparoscopy assisted full thickness biopsies of the jejunum. The model disease for the team's studies was intestinal pseudo-obstruction but it soon became evident that these techniques could be applied also to patients with so called functional bowel disorders. This is where we no explore pathogenetic and etiologic factors.

In 1991 Dr Lindberg was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. His scientific production includes 64 original papers (58 published, and 6 in manuscript), 22 books and book chapters, and 10 overviews and other scientific publications.

What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
My PhD thesis was about the differential diagnosis of jaundice. Although my studies mainly concerned mathematical modelling and computer aided diagnosis, I found gastroenterology fascinating because there were so many unclear thoughts about causality and disease mechanisms in gastroenterology. Obviously, there was a lot that could be done.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
As a student I admired Professor Gunnar Biörck a lot. He was my mentor. Later on I must say Professor David L Wingate is the greatest "lateral" thinker I have ever met.
Which research paper (by another person) influenced you the most?
Bayes T. Essay towards solving a problem in the doctrine of chances. Phil Trans R Soc 1763; 53: 370-418. (Although Thomas Bayes may not have been the real author). Goldberger AL, Rigney DR, West BJ. Chaos and fractals in human physiology. Sci Am 1990; 262: 42-49.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
That there seems to be an underlying structural correlate in the myenteric plexus of patients with so called functional bowel disorders.
What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
That I began smoking at the age of 12.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To become a good father for my children. To change the world.
What is your greatest regret?
That I began smoking at the age of 12.
How do you relax?
With my family, usually far away.
What is your favourite sport?
Ice-hockey. Foppa (Peter Forsberg) 4-ever.
What is your best place in the world?
Menjangan Island, between Java and Bali, Indonesia.
What is your favourite film?
The Bridges of Madison County
What car do you drive?
VW Sharan (but I would rather have an open sports car)
What is your best electronic "toy"?
My iMac
What book are you reading at the moment?
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

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