Professor Henrik Ekberg
The Transplantation Society
Dr. Henrik Ekberg died suddenly in Thailand on 29th December 2012. He was the Senior Transplant Surgeon at the University Hospital in Malmö, Sweden, Professor of Transplant Surgery at Lund University and President-Elect of The Transplantation Society.
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He was educated in Lund, Sweden and qualified in 1976. His medical and surgical training continued in Lund where he was board certified in 1985. He then spent two years at Westmead in Sydney before returning to Sweden to take up a role as transplant surgeon at the University Hospital, Malmö where he became head of department and mentor to many surgeons and scientists.
Henrik's main research interest was in clinical immunosuppression where he brought together a unique series of international investigator driven multi-center clinical trials, including the seminal CAESAR and Symphony studies. He was an active contributor to many international collaborations including the European Best Practice Guidelines in Renal Transplantation and the KDIGO guidelines. He was an associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation and on the editorial board of Transplantation, Clinical Transplantation and Transplant International. He was Vice-president of the European Society of Organ Transplantation, and then a councillor, Treasurer, Director of Medical Affairs and, at the time of his death, President-Elect of The Transplantation Society.
He was a great friend to many people around the world – reliable, hard working and thoughtful – he was able to bring so many investigators to collaborate for a common goal in the immunsuppression studies. He worked tirelessly in the service of TTS for the last few years, as editor of the Tribune he brought the work of the society to light, as treasurer he helped build the success of the society and was in the process of planning the 2016 TTS congress in his beloved Thailand. His presence will be missed in many regions of our world where his work was always productive, always enthusiastically received and greatly valued by everyone he came into contact with.
Henrik lived an active life at home, finally swapping his boat in Sweden for a house in Thailand where he spent many happy weeks between his trips across the world and for his vacations. He died suddenly while exercising on his bike – always looking forward, always planning for the future of our field and for those around him. Henrik is survived by his partner Susan and his four children and two grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by so many.