Ishita Barua

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Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 21 Bygg 20 Gaustad sykehus 0372 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1089 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Medicine (Student)


Ishita Barua is a MD and a PhD candidate in the Clinical Effectiveness Research Group at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence in colorectal cancer diagnosis and colonoscopy. She is one of the initiators behind and lecturers in the medical elective subject called MED3065: AI, innovation, big data and clinical decision support

She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2020, and is a visiting researcher at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, in 2021.  

She has previously worked as a resident doctor in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and she is the president of Young Internists of Norway. She has also been appointed by the Norwegian government as a deputy member of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board. In 2021, she was named one of top 30 women in Norway changing the field of Artificial Intelligence, by NORA - The Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium. 

Academic interests

  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer and screening
  • Epidemiology
  • eHealth


  • Visiting researcher at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
  • 2019-present: PhD, Clinical Effectiveness Research Group, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo
  • 2017-2020: B.Sc., Health Economics and Management, University of Oslo
  • 2007-2014: Medical Doctor (, University of Oslo


  • 2021: Applied AI in Health Care, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • 2020: Health innovation and entrepreneurship, University of Oslo

Scholarships & Awards

Clinical Experience

  • 2019-present: Endoscopist, Vestre Viken Trust, Baerum Hospital
  • 2016-2018: Resident Doctor in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Vestre Viken Trust, Baerum Hospital
  • 2016-2018: Endoscopist in CRC-screening, Cancer Registry of Norway
  • 2016-2019 Doctor, Supplemented Primary Care Unit, Follo
  • 2015-2016: Junior/Intern Doctor, Enebakk Municipality
  • 2014-2015: Junior/Intern Doctor, Akershus University Hospital 
  • 2013-2014: MD Student License, Dep. of GI surgery, Akershus University Hospital

Organizational Experience

  • 2021-present: Board Member, The Nordic Privacy Center 
  • 2020-present: Board Member, NORDE (Norwegian Council for Digital Ethics)
  • 2019-present: Deputy member, The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board
  • 2019-present: Board Member, The Norwegian Gastroenterology Society’s Interest Group for Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • 2019-present: President, Young Internists of Norway
  • 2018-2019: Advisory Board Member, The Norwegian Medical Association
  • 2017-2019: Board Member, Young Internists of Norway
  • 2014-2016: Elected representative for the Junior Doctors, Akershus University Hospital
  • 2013-2014: President, Medical Subject Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo



  • Schult, Anna Lisa; Botteri, Edoardo; Hoff, Geir; Holme, Øyvind; Bretthauer, Michael & Randel, Kristin Ranheim [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2021). Women require routine opioids to prevent painful colonoscopies: a randomised controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. ISSN 0036-5521. p. 1–11. doi: 10.1080/00365521.2021.1969683. Full text in Research Archive
  • Barua, Ishita; Guerrero Vinsard, Daniela; Jodal, Henriette C.; Løberg, Magnus; Kalager, Mette & Holme, Øyvind [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2020). Artificial intelligence for polyp detection during colonoscopy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Endoscopy. ISSN 0013-726X. doi: 10.1055/a-1201-7165.
  • Barua, Ishita; Mori, Yuichi & Bretthauer, Michael (2020). Colorectal polyp characterization with endocytoscopy: Ready for widespread implementation with artificial intelligence? Baillière's Best Practice & Research : Clinical Gastroenterology. ISSN 1521-6918. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2020.101721.
  • Schult, Anna Lisa; Randel, Kristin Ranheim; Barua, Ishita; Svendsen, Hege Marie; Bernklev, Linn & Sandvei, Per [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2018). Screening mot tarmkreft i hele Norge. Indremedisineren. ISSN 1891-1617. 2, p. 25–29.

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