About myself

I am a Professor in International health and have broad working experience in research and public institutions, international organisations and NGOs.

By training, I am a medical doctor with long and extensive experience in hospital work, research, disease control, management, research management, and teaching and work in developing countries. My professional profile includes surgery in developing countries, population studies, maternal and child health, and control of tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, malaria and malnutrition.

In Norway, I have also worked as a surgeon at Haukeland University Hospital, focusing on Breast and Endocrine surgery.

Scientific Publications and Book Chapters  

Current position:

Adjunct Professor, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Adjunct Professor, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia

Adjunct Professor, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Professor emeritus at Centre for International Health, University of Bergen

Previous positions

Professor at Centre for International Health, University of Bergen (up to August 2019)

Senior Consultant (Endocrine and Breast Surgery) at Haukeland University Hospital.

E-mail: bernt.lindtjorn@cih.uib.no

Current research projects

Previous research projects:

Work Experience

  • Centre for International Health, University of Bergen: Professor, 1998 to date (http://www.uib.no/persons/Bernt.Lindtjorn#profil)
  • Centre for International Health, University of Bergen: Director, 1998 – 2000 and 2004 – 2007
  • European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership: Interim Executive Director (December 20, 2004 to June 20, 2005)
  • European Malaria Vaccine Initiative:  Contact Holder (EMVI); 2003 to 2007
  • Health work in Ethiopia: Gidole Hospital (1980 – 1982, 1985; 2008 – 2014), Arba Minch Hospital (1984, 2000 – 2014); Yirga Alem Hospital (1978-1980; 1985-1987; 1992-1993; 2000 – 2006); Coordinator famine relief work in Ethiopia 1984-1985
  • Haukeland University Hospital: Consultant Specialist in Endocrine Surgery; 1996- date
  • Consultancy work in China, Mongolia, India, Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan and Bangladesh.


  • Dr, Med.  University of Bergen, 1992. Thesis: Child health and nutrition. A study from drought-prone areas in southern Ethiopia.
  • Medical specialist – General Surgery (Norway, 1996)
  • Cand Med (Medical Degree) – Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. 1976

Supervisor for PhD students


  • 43 PhD students
  • Mentored postdoctoral fellows: 7


Supervisor Master Thesis

Completed: 16

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