Jan Sundquist

  • Professor of Family Medicine, Lund University, Sweden
  • Director, Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University/Region Skåne, Malmö, Sweden
  • Family Physician, Sorgenfri Primary Health Care Centre, Malmö

Email: Contact
Address: Center for Primary Health Care Research
CRC, Building 28, Floor 11
Jan Waldenströms gata 35
Skåne University Hospital
205 02 Malmö

Telephone: +4640391378
Fax: +4640391370

Personal Information and Personal Statement

My record of scholarly, clinical, and administrative experience and accomplishment includes an extensive number of peer-reviewed publications (564 articles published), specialties in both family and community medicine and public health, and a highly successful record of raising funds from both private and governmental sources in Europe and the U.S., including 4 R01 grants from the NIH as a PI. A key aspect of my multidisciplinary research has been the health of racial/ethnic minority groups, immigrants and refugees. My research has a strong focus on the influence of social and familial environments on psychiatric and drug use disorders where I have used large nationwide databases to provide insights into mechanisms and risk factors, as well as performed a randomised clinical trial/intervention in patients with depression and anxiety in a primary health care setting.


  • 6/1997  MD, University of Umeå, Sweden
  • 1982-1986  Residency in Family Medicine, Örebro, Sweden
  • 1990-1994  PhD, Epidemiology, Lund University, Sweden
  • 1991-1993  Specialty in Community and Social Medicine, Dalby, Sweden
  • 1/1995 – Docent (Associate Professor), Family Medicine, Lund University, Sweden
  • 1997-1999 Postdoctoral fellowship, Epidemiology, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  • 1/2007  Postgraduate training, Program for Department of Medicine Chiefs, Harvard School of  Public Health, Harvard, Massachusetts, USA

Current Position

  • 10/2008-present Director of the Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University
  • 10/2008-present Professor of Family Medicine, Lund University, Sweden 

Previous Positions

  • 01/1987-06/1990 Head of Norra Fäladen, Primary Health Care Center, Lund, Sweden
  • 01/2000-10/2008  Professor and Chair, Center for Family and Community Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 03/2007-05/2014 Consulting Professor of Medicine, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA


(for prizes and awards, see Ten-Year Track Record)

  • 1995-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow in Transcultural Psychiatry, Lund University, award from the Swedish Medical Council (MFR)
  • 1997-1999 Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology, Stanford University, award from Henning & Johan Throne-Holst Foundation and The Swedish Society of Medicine and MFR. 

Supervision of Graduate Students/Postdoctoral Fellows and Support/Development of Young Researchers

During the course of his career Dr. Sundquist has demonstrated intellectual leadership both in the international academic and national primary health care communities. This has been combined with a strong commitment to mentoring postdoctoral students and young faculty researchers (lecturers).

  • 1997-2010. Seven Graduate PhD students. All completed degrees and published 4 or more articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals. All are now academic researchers and/or clinicians in family medicine.
  • 1999-2015. Fifteen Postdoctoral Fellows. Five became faculty members and research professors at Karolinska Institute or Lund University, and three will be appointed as professors in the near future at Karolinska or Lund University.

Global Medicine for Residents and Founding of Research School in Family Medicine   

  • 2006.  Founded the CeFAM Center for Global Medicine, for teaching residents in India and Africa.
  • 2006. Founded a new research school in Family and Community Medicine at Karolinska Institute.
  • 2008-2012. Founded several new programs for scientific training of residents and other clinicians (one-week as well as lengthier courses) as part of my duties as Director at the Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University.   

Organization of Scientific and Collaborative Meetings (Relevant Examples)

  • 1996, May. Chair of Immigrant Section, 6th European Congress on Suicide. “Attempted Suicide among immigrants in Sweden.” Lund, Sweden.
  • 2005, June. Lead organizer and keynote speaker. “Primary health Care Research in a Changing World.”14th Nordic Congress in General Practice. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2011-2014. Swedish representative on team of (18 people) for 3-year project, European and North African Migrants: Health and Health Systems. This 3-year collaborative project (EUNAM) with researchers from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt; Germany, France, and Italy reviewed health effects of migration and developed scientifically valid state-of-the-art evaluations and recommendations for scientific and health policy measures to improve the conditions for EU immigrants.

Commissions of Trust and Institutional Responsibilities

  • 2014 External expert, The Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU)
  • 2005 Evaluator, Uppsala University Evaluation and Revision of the Research Units in Västerås, Falun, and Gävle, Sweden.
  • 2001-2015 External Expert (professorial appointment), Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Kuopio Finland, Stanford University, Odense University.
  • 2003 External Expert on Health Services Research and Social Epidemiology, Commissioned by the British Medical Council, United Kingdom.  
  • 2003-2004 Research Funding Expert, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
  • 2003-2004 Advisor to Propose Method for Organizing All Extra-Hospital Medical Research,  Stockholm County, Sweden.
  • 2002-2004 Member, 10-person Board of Directors, Swedish Association of General Practice.
  • 2000-2006 Expert, Priority Committee for Public Health, Swedish Research Council.
  • 1996-1998 Member, Department Board, Department of Community Health Science, Lund University.
  • 1996-1997 Member, Human Ethics Committee, Lund University Hospital.
  • 1995-1997 Member, Swedish Medical Research Council’s Program Committee for Migration Studies.

Leadership and Faculty Development (for more details, also see Ten years’ track-record)

  • 2000-2008.  Instrumental in expanding CeFAM at Karolinska Institute to over 200 employees.
  • 2008-2016.  Built the Center of Primary Health Care Research (CPF) at Lund University, now the largest Department of Family and Community Health in Europe.
  • 2005-2012.  Created and Implemented Science and Training Centers for Clinical Research and Recruitment of Young Faculty: Developed 38 Science and Training Centers in clinical family medicine.

Major Collaborations

For the last 15 years, Dr. Sundquist has initiated and sustained, long term research collaborations with international faculty funded by Swedish, European, and American councils.

  • 1997–present.  Marilyn Winkleby, PhD, MPH, Professor of Medicine. Social epidemiology, health disparities, neighbourhood impact on health, community based interventions. Stanford University, California, USA.
  • 2009–present.  Kenneth Kendler, MD, Professor of Psychiatry.  Genetics, family environment, mental health. Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
  • 2005–present.  Kari Hemminki, MD. PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics. Family and genetic studies, immigrant populations and cancer disorders. Division of Molecular Genetic Epidemiology, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2007–present.  Casey Crump, PhD, MD. Vice Chair for Research and Senior Faculty. Population health sciences, big data, statistical modelling. Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Department of Population Health Science and Policy, School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA.

Ten-Year Track Record: Jan Sundquist, MD, PhD

10 Representative Publications from Last 10 Years, Impact Factor, Number of Citations

Note: Between 1993 and 2016/07 Dr. Sunquist has published 564 articles in international peer-reviewed medical and public health journals, with a median impact factor = 4.1, average impact factor = 2709.4/564 =4.8 and a total impact factor =2709.4. His Scopus h-index from 1993 – 2016/07 is 47 (without self-citations). 

  1. Sundquist J, Hagströmer M, Johansson SE, Sundquist K. Effect of a Primary Health-Care Based Controlled Trial for Cardiovascular Fitness in Refugee Women. BMC Fam Pract. 2010 Aug 2;11:55. PMID: 20678219. IF = 1.467. Citations 8.
  2. Crump C, Winkleby MA, Sundquist K, Sundquist J. Comorbidities and mortality in persons with schizophrenia: a Swedish national cohort study. Am J Psychiatry. 2013 Mar;170(3):324-33. PMID: 23318474. IF=13.559. Citations 159
  3. Sundquist J, Ohlsson H, Sundquist K, Kendler KS. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and risk for drug use disorder: a population-based follow-up and co-relative study. Psychol Med. 2015 Apr;45(5):977-83. PMID: 25119068. IF=4.085. Citations: 3 
  4. Crump C, Sundquist K, Winkleby MA, Sundquist J. Mental disorders and vulnerability to homicidal death: Swedish nationwide cohort study. BMJ. 2013 Mar 4;346-57. PMID: 23462204. IF=16.378. Citations: 32
  5. Sundquist J, Lilja A, Palmér K, Memon AA, Wang X, Johansson LM, Sundquist K. Mindfulness group therapy in primary care patients with depression, anxiety and stress and adjustment disorders: randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Feb;206(2):128-35. PMID: 25431430. IF=7.343. Citations: 18
  6. 6.  Kendler KS, Ohlsson H, Sundquist K, Sundquist J. Peer Deviance, Parental Divorce, and Genetic Risk in the Prediction of Drug Abuse in a Nationwide Swedish Sample: Evidence of Environment-Environment and Gene-Environment Interaction. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Apr;71(4):439-45. PMID: 24576925 IF=13.747. Citations: 14
  7. 7. Sundquist J, Ohlsson H, Winkleby MA, Sundquist K, Crump C., School Achievement and Risk of Eating Disorders in a Swedish National Cohort. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;55(1):41-46. PMID: 26703908. IF =7.260. Citations 1
  8. 8.  Ji J, Zöller B, Sundquist K, Sundquist J. Increased risks of coronary heart disease and stroke among spousal caregivers of cancer patients. Circulation. 2012 Apr 10;125(14):1742-7. PMID: 22415143. IF=14.948. Citations: 42.
  9. 9. Sundquist K, Li X, Hemminki K, Sundquist J. Subsequent risk of hospitalization for neuropsychiatric disorders in patients with rheumatic diseases: a nationwide study from Sweden. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008 May;65(5):501-7. PMID: 18458201. IF=10.782. Citations 30.
  10. 10. Kendler KS, Maes HH, Sundquist K, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J. Genetic and Family and Community Environmental Effects on Drug Abuse in Adolescence: A Swedish National Twin and Sibling Study. Am J Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 1;171(2):209-17. PMID: 24077613. IF =13.559. Citations 28.

Research Monograph

2002. Sundquist J, Johansson SE (Editors). The Importance of place of birth. Health in different immigrant groups in Sweden (In Swedish: Födelselandets betydelse. Hälsan i olika invandrargrupper i Sverige).  National Institute of Public Health. Sweden. 

Selected Invited Presentations to Peer Reviewed International Conferences

  • 2005, June. Organizer and keynote lecture, “Primary health Care Research in a Changing World" 14th. Nordic Congress in General Practice, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010, Feb 11. Keynote speaker, ”The AKC concept to stimulate research in primary health care in China.” International Conference in Public Health and Primary HealthCare. Beijing, China.
  • 2010, 7 Sept. Keynote speaker, ”La Investigación en Atención Primaria en Suecia” (Research in Primary Care in Sweden), 31st National Congress of General Practice. Gran Canaria, Spain.
  • 2011, May.  Keynote speaker ”Translational Research in Depression and Anxiety.” National Danish Family Practice Organization of University Departments. Middelfart, Denmark.
  • 2012, Oct. Keynote speaker “Social capital and health: experiences from Lund, Sweden. “Invited by the Japanese Society of Rural Medicine. Shimane University, Japan.
  • 2012, May. Keynote lecture.  ”The Center for Primary Health Care Research, an Infrastructure for Excellent Research”. Invited by the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg,Germany.
  • 2014, March. Keynote lecture. “Medical Education and Primary Health Care Research in Sweden.” Invited by Kyoto University, Japan.
  • 2014, Oct. Keynote lecture. “Immigration, Social Capital and Mental Disorders.”Asian Conference in Public Health, Wakayama University and Shimane University, Japan.
  • 2016, April. Invited lecture “Swedish Family Medicine. A Translational Approach.” School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
  • 2016, June 17. Invited Lecture  “Mindfulness group therapy in primary care patients with depression, anxiety or adjustment disorders: randomized controlled trial and follow-up study.” at WONCA, European  Conference of Family Doctors. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2005-2011. Invited Lectures. Immigrant mental health, Neighbourhood influences on health disparities, Interventions to address psychiatric challenges and substance abuse in immigrant groups, Multi-Level modelling and novel statistical approaches for longitudinal data.  Stanford University Department of Medicine, Stanford, California.

Organization of International Conference in Relevant Field

  • 2005, June. Lead organizer and keynote speaker. “Primary health Care Research in a Changing World.”14th Nordic Congress in General Practice. Stockholm, Sweden (600 international participants).

Prizes and Awards

  • 2002. Stockholm County Award for Fighting Racism and Xenophobia, funded by Stockholm County, the Regional Government in Stockholm City, Sweden.
  • 2002. The Swedish Research Council Excellent Researcher Prize for Building an Innovative Primary Care Research Milieu at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.    
  • 2004. Swedish Army Gold Medal for Excellent and Devoted Service to Sweden, funded by Swedish Army.

Leadership, Faculty Development and Major Contributions to Early Careers of Excellent Researchers

2000-2008. Instrumental in expanding CeFAM at Karolinska Institutet, from 20 to 200 employees and from 4 to 20 new senior faculty members. By 2008, when Dr. Sundquist was recruited to Lund, CeFAM was the largest department of family and community health in Europe; the budget increased from 10 million to 93 million Swedish crowns (nearly 14 million dollars).

2008-2015. Built the Center of Primary Health Care Research (CPF) at Lund University from zero to 60 full and part-time employees, 41 doctoral students and from 1 to 13 new senior faculty members. Now the Director of the largest Department of Family and Community Health in Europe and the most scientifically productive (800 original research articles published, 10/2008-12/2015).

2005-2012. Created and Implemented Science and Training Centers for Clinical Research and Recruitment of Young Faculty: Developed 14 Science and Training Centers in clinical family and community medicine in Stockholm County and Gotland 2005-2008, and 11 in the county of Skåne 2010-2016, one at Shimane University Japan 2012, and one in Changping, Beijing, China 2010. These facilitate a two-way flow of ideas, information, knowledge, and skills between clinicians/researchers at local health care centers and Lund University via research faculty on site mentoring, seminars, and a Web portal.

2016 Established a new unit “Migration and Health” at CPF with the objective to implement evidence-based research to enhance health and integration in immigrants of all ages.

Other Examples of Leadership and Accomplishments

  • 2011. Established the Molecular Family Medicine Laboratory at CPF, the first laboratory in Europe dedicated to research in the field of primary care that focuses on molecular and genetic research with direct translation of discoveries for personalized medicine in primary care.
  • 2012.   Established the Genetic and Environmental Analytic Laboratory at CPF to conduct advanced and innovative statistical and epidemiological studies using data from Swedish registers and clinical trials.
  • 2001-2021. 15-years of uninterrupted support from National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA: in total six large R01 grants to Dr. Sundquist’s research group (four as PI), which is extraordinary for a European researcher.
  • 2011-2014. The Swedish coordinator for a EU project about North African migration to Europe  (EU and North African Migrants: Health and Health Systems).

Dr. Sundquist has published > 560 peer-reviewed articles (Link to PubMed.gov)


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