Espen Saxhaug Kristoffersen

Associate Professor - Department of General Practice
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Phone +47 22850679
Visiting address Avdeling for allmennmedisin Kirkeveien 166 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • General Practice
  • Neurology
  • Headache incl. migraine
  • Medication overuse, addiction, dependency-related behaviour
  • Screening and Brief Intervention
  • Medical out-of-hour services
  • Mountain medicine, wilderness medicine, rescue medicine


  • 2017 to present: Associate professor, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2014-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2014: Ph.d with the thesis “Brief Intervention for Medication-overuse headache in primary care”
  • 2013-to present: resident, Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital
  • 2008-2014: PhD student - Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2011: part-time at the central primary care emergency ward in Oslo
  • 2010: General practitioner (part-time) in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2007-08: General practitioner and chief medical officer in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2005-07: Intern at Department of Medicine, Orthopedics and Surgery at Helse Førde hospital (Nordfjord/Førde) and the municipality of Balestrand
  • 2004-05:  Six months as resident doctor with students licentia practicandi at the Acute psychiatric ward, the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN)
  • 2004 Medical students mandatory practice period at Longyearbyen Hospital, Svalbard 3 months
  • 2003 Medical students mandatory practice period at Internal Medicine and Surgery, Hammerfest Hospital 2+2 months
  • 2005: Medical degree (MD) University of Tromsø
  • 1999-2005: Medical school, University Of Tromsø

Positions held

  • 2018-to present: Norwegian representative International Headache Society and European Headache Federation
  • 2017-to present: Board member and vice-chair of the Norwegian Headache Society
  • 2016-to present: European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Scientific Panel Headache
  • 2014-to present: Board member of the International Headache Society (IHS) Trainees and Residents Special Interest Group
  • 2013-2014: Member of the group “AG4 – kommunesektoren” in the national strategy process ”HelseOmsorg21”.
  • 2012-13: Member of the project group within the Norwegian Medical Association (representing the College of General Practice), working with the plan for further
    development of the Norwegian list patient system (“Opptrappingsplan for fastlegeordningen 2015-2020”).
  • 2012-2013: Board member of Oslo Legeforening
  • 2012-2015: Member of Project Group within the LVS (Doctors in Scientific Positions) and YLF (Junior Hospital Doctors Association), working with recruitment schemes for younger doctors into research
  • 2011-2015:  Board member of LVS (Doctors in Scientific Positions) at the Norwegian Medial Association
  • 2011-2015: Founding member of the Project Group (ALIS-utvalget) within the Norwegian College of General Practice, working with recruitment schemes for younger doctors into primary care
  • 2010-12: Board member of the PhD forum at HELSAM (The institute of general practice and public health) , University of Oslo
  • 2009-to present: Member of the Network Group for Out-Of-Hours Services at Norwegian College of General Practice (part of the Norwegian Medical Association)
  • 2005-2006 Union Representative (Nordfjord Sjukehus), Norwegian Junior Hospital Doctors' Association (YLF), the Norwegian Medical Association


  • European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award for the subspecialty Headache - 1st EAN Congress Berlin, Germany June 2015
  • Norwegian Neurological Federation  - National Headache fellowship 2018
  • Best poster presentation at the Norwegian Neurology Congress 2018
  • Forsberg og Aulies legat 2018


  • Research unit for Neuroscience at Oslo University Hospital
  • Health Service Research, Research Centre, Akershus University Hospital
  • Head and Neck Research Group, Akershus University Hospital
  • Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Department of Neuroradiology, Instituto Besta, Milano, Italy

Courses taught

  • 2008-to present: Teaching and censorship in various terms (including final exams) in Medical School at the University of Oslo
  • 2010-12: Various lectures held twice a year at the Oslo Emergency ward for the doctors there as a part of their educational activity
  • 2010-12: Teaching CME groups about headache
  • 2010-12: Project and course leader for a CME course called Management of chronic headache in primary care – course held 11 times (15 hours each course)
Published Apr. 13, 2011 2:45 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2018 11:17 AM


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