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 was a visiting researcher at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, in 2021.  

She is currently a deputy member of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, appointed by the Norwegian government. 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, and in 2022 she was named one of Norway's leading Tech-Women by Abelia and ODA. She has previously worked as a Resident Doctor in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and served as the President of Young Internists of Norway.

Academic interests

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


  • 2019-present: PhD Candidate, Clinical Effectiveness Research Group, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo
  • Visiting researcher at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
  • 2015-2020: 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

  • 2019-2020: 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 
  • 2014: MD Student License, Dep. of GI surgery, Akershus University Hospital
  • 2013: Health Center Physician (MD Student License), Fyrstikktorget Health Center, Municipality of Oslo

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
  • 2019-2021: 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



  • Yu, Jingru; Refsum, Erle; Helsingen, Lise Mørkved; Folseraas, Trine; Ploner, Alexander & Wieszczy, Paulina [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2022). Risk of hepato-pancreato-biliary cancer is increased by primary sclerosing cholangitis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A population-based cohort study. United European Gastroenterology journal. ISSN 2050-6406. 10(2), p. 212–224. doi: 10.1002/ueg2.12204.
  • Helsingen, Lise Mørkved; Løberg, Magnus; Refsum, Erle; Gjøstein, Dagrun Kyte; Wieszczy, Paulina & Olsvik, Ørjan [Show all 16 contributors for this article] (2021). Covid-19 transmission in fitness centers in Norway - a randomized trial. BMC Public Health. ISSN 1471-2458. 21, p. 1–9. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-12073-0. Full text in Research Archive
  • Jodal, Henriette C.; Klotz, Dagmar; Herfindal, Magnhild; Barua, Ishita; Tag, Petter & Helsingen, Lise Mørkved [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Long-term colorectal cancer incidence and mortality after adenoma removal in women and men. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. p. 1–10. doi: 10.1111/apt.16686.
  • Juul, Frederik E.; Jodal, Henriette C.; Barua, Ishita; Refsum, Erle; Olsvik, Ørjan & Helsingen, Lise Mørkved [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2021). Mortality in Norway and Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1403-4948. p. 1–8. doi: 10.1177/14034948211047137. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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. 56(12), p. 1480–1489. doi: 10.1080/00365521.2021.1969683. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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