About Per-Olof Hasselgren

Per-Olof Hasselgren, M.D., Ph.D., received his medical and surgical training at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. He moved to the United States in 1984. After coming to this country, he initially was on the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, where he rose through the ranks to become Professor of Surgery in 1994.

In 2002, Dr. Hasselgren was recruited to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, where he was appointed Director of Endocrine Surgery and Vice Chairman for Research. He was also appointed Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, where he holds an endowed chair and is the George H.A. Clowes Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Hasselgren’s main clinical interest is endocrine surgery and the majority of his surgical procedures include thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, and adrenalectomies. In addition, Dr. Hasselgren performs breast and general surgery.

Dr. Hasselgren also has a long-standing interest in research. The main focus of his research is the molecular regulation of protein degradation in skeletal muscle during conditions characterized by muscle wasting, in particular sepsis and cancer. He has also performed multiple studies on protein metabolism in the liver and intestinal mucosa. During his more than 30 years as a surgeon and scientist in the U.S., his research has been funded by a total of more than $13m, mainly through NIH grants.

Dr. Hasselgren is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Society for University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgeons, the Surgical Infection Society, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Boston Surgical Society, the New England Surgical Society, and the Halsted Society.

Dr. Hasselgren is on the Editorial Board for Nutrition and the International Journal of Interferon, Cytokines, and Mediator Research.  He is an Associate Editor for the journal Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental.

Dr. Hasselgren is also a proliferate author.  In addition to publishing more than 300 scientific papers, editorials and book chapters, he recently published a book, “Body Language.  From Head to Toe”.  The book is a collection of more than 2,000 idioms and other expressions related to body parts, thereby providing a link between anatomy and the written and spoken languages.

Dr. Hasselgren resides with his wife in Boston.  When time allows, they like to spend time in their second home in North Carolina (where they enjoy playing golf).  They have two married children and three grandchildren.