Louise Emilsson

Associate Professor - Departement of General Practice
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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Bowel cancer
  • Epidemiology - methods
  • Celiac disease
  • Screening
  • Registry and big data research
  • Causal inference
  • Statistical analysis
  • Clinical research

My research interests spans a broad range of topics within medicine, reflecting my clinical background as a specialist in general practice. I am particularly interested in epidemiological methodology, causal inference and spent my postdoc time with the causal inference group at Harvard School of Public health. I have extensive experience from big data analyses such as Swedish quality register, national health care registers and the American SEER-Medicare registers.

Courses taught

I teach in the MD program module 8 and I am also responsible for a 2-week elective class (MED3051) at University of Oslo. Further, I also teach EBM and research methodology at the MD programme at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Recently I published a postgraduate tutorial methodology paper on how to emulate a randomized trial using observational data in SAGE research methods cases https://methods.sagepub.com/case/impact-statin-survive-cancer-patients-inference-emulate-target-trial

Work experience

  • 2020->: Associate professor, Universitetet i Oslo
  • 2019->: Specialist in general practice, Årjängs vårdcentral
  • 2015-2019: Postdoc, University of Oslo.
  • 2016-2018 Postdoc, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
  • 2011 -2019: Specialization in General practice, Vårdcentralen Värmlands Nysäter, Sverige
  • 2009-2011: Internship, Arvika, Sverige


  • 2017-2018: Certificate in Applied Biostatistics (84 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM), Harvard University, The Harvard Catalyst Education Program
  • 2013 Oktober: Ph.D, Örebro University, Sverige
  • 2003-2008: M.D., Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sverige
  • 2001-2002: Music teacher programme, first year, violin, Ingesund School of Music
  • 2000-2002: 1 full academic year mathematics (60hp) and one semester chemistry (30hp), Karlstad University


Awarded Best citation award at the 22nd WONCA meeting in Seoul https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2019/04/HEPI-Newsletter-2019_final-pdf.pdf for the article «Examining Bias in Studies of Statin Treatment and Survival in Patients With Cancer», published in Jama Oncology.


EPoS - European Polyp Surveillance

NordICC - The Nordic-European Initiative on Colorectal Cancer

SAR - Surveillance after Adenoma Removal

I-SCAN - Risk of colorectal cancer in inflammatory bowel disease


Klinisk effektforskning https://www.med.uio.no/helsam/forskning/grupper/klinisk-effektforskning/

Jonas Ludvigsson https://staff.ki.se/people/joludv?_ga=2.266040971.565540786.1590478965-266275766.1553104945

Mingyang Song https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/mingyang-song/

Carol Semrad https://biologicalsciences.uchicago.edu/faculty/carol-semrad-md

Eric Wan https://fmpc.hku.hk/en/Our-Team/Academic-Academic-related-and-Medical-Staff/Dr-Eric-Wan/Dr-Eric-Wan


  • Maret-Ouda, John; Ström, Jennifer C.; Roelstraete, Bjorn; Emilsson, Louise; Joshi, Amit D. & Khalili, Hamed [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2022). Appendectomy and Future Risk of Microscopic Colitis: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Sweden. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2022.05.037.
  • Bretthauer, Michael; Løberg, Magnus; Wieszczy, Paulina; Kalager, Mette; Emilsson, Louise & Garborg, Kjetil Kjeldstad [Show all 21 contributors for this article] (2022). Effect of Colonoscopy Screening on Risks of Colorectal Cancer and Related Death. New England Journal of Medicine. ISSN 0028-4793. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2208375.
  • Jodal, Henriette C.; Juul, Frederik Emil; Barua, Ishita; Bretthauer, Michael; Kalager, Mette & Løberg, Magnus [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2022). Emergency hospital admissions, prognosis, and population mortality in Norway during the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1403-4948. 50(6), p. 795–802. doi: 10.1177/14034948221082959.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Radkiewicz, Cecilia; Semrad, Carol E.; Joshi, Amit & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2022). Gall Bladder Disease and the Risk of Small Bowel Cancer—Results from a Nationwide Swedish Cohort Study. Cancers. ISSN 2072-6694. doi: 10.3390/cancers14030469.
  • Rehnberg, Johanna; Ludvigsson, Jonas F.; Carrero, Juan-Jesus & Emilsson, Louise (2021). Cancer risk in patients with immunoglobulin A nephropathy: A Swedish population-based cohort study. Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation. ISSN 0931-0509. 37(4), p. 749–759. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfab322. Full text in Research Archive
  • Geerts, Jason M.; Kinnair, Donna; Taheri, Paul; Abraham, Ajit; Ahn, Joonmo & Atun, Rifat [Show all 32 contributors for this article] (2021). Guidance for Health Care Leaders During the Recovery Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Consensus Statement. JAMA Network Open. ISSN 2574-3805. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.20295. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lebwohl, Benjamin; Green, Peter; Emilsson, Louise; Mårild, Karl; Söderling, Jonas & Roelstrate, Bjorn [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Cancer Risk in 47,241 Individuals With Celiac Disease: A Nationwide Cohort Study. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2021.05.034. Full text in Research Archive
  • Song, Mingyang; Emilsson, Louise; Roelstrate, Bjorn & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2021). Risk of colorectal cancer in first degree relatives of patients with colorectal polyps: nationwide case-control study in Sweden. The BMJ. ISSN 1756-1833. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n877. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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
  • Emilsson, Louise; Semrad, Carol E.; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Green, Peter & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2020). Risk of Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma, Adenomas, and Carcinoids in a Nationwide Cohort of Individuals With Celiac Disease. Gastroenterology. ISSN 0016-5085. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.07.007. Full text in Research Archive
  • Song, Mingyang; Nguyen, Long Hoang; Emilsson, Louise; Chan, Andrew & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2020). Antibiotic Use Associated With Risk of Colorectal Polyps in a Nationwide Study. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2020.05.036. Full text in Research Archive
  • Song, Mingyang; Emilsson, Louise; Bozorg, Soran R.; Nguyen, Long Hoang; Joshi, Amit & Staller, Kyle [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2020). Risk of colorectal cancer incidence and mortality after polypectomy: a Swedish record-linkage study. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 2468-1253. doi: 10.1016/S2468-1253%2820%2930009-1.
  • Lebwohl, Benjamin; Haggård, Linnea; Emilsson, Louise; Söderling, Jonas; Roelstrate, Bjorn & Green, Peter [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2020). Psychiatric Disorders in Patients With a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease During Childhood From 1973 to 2016. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2020.08.018. Full text in Research Archive
  • Song, Mingyang; Emilsson, Louise; Hultcrantz, Rolf; Roelstraete, Bjorn & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2020). Long-Term Incidence and Mortality of Colorectal Cancer After Endoscopic Biopsy With Normal Mucosa: A Swedish-Matched Cohort Study. American Journal of Gastroenterology. ISSN 0002-9270. doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000001018.
  • Rehnberg, Johanna; Symreng, Adina; Ludvigsson, Jonas F. & Emilsson, Louise (2020). Inflammatory Bowel Disease Is More Common in Patients with IgA Nephropathy and Predicts Progression of ESKD: A Swedish Population-Based Cohort Study. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. ISSN 1046-6673. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2020060848.
  • Helsingen, Lise M.; Refsum, Erle; Gjøstein, Dagrun Kyte; Løberg, Magnus; Bretthauer, Michael & Kalager, Mette [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2020). The COVID-19 pandemic in Norway and Sweden – threats, trust, and impact on daily life: a comparative survey. BMC Public Health. ISSN 1471-2458. 20:1597, p. 1–10. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-09615-3. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bozorg, Soran R.; Song, Mingyang; Emilsson, Louise & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2019). Validation of serrated polyps (SPs) in Swedish pathology registers. BMC Gastroenterology. ISSN 1471-230X. 20:3(1), p. 1–10. doi: 10.1186/s12876-019-1134-6.
  • Jodal, Henriette C.; Helsingen, Lise M.; Anderson, Joseph C.; Lytvyn, Lyubov; Vandvik, Per Olav & Emilsson, Louise (2019). Colorectal cancer screening with faecal testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. ISSN 2044-6055. 9(10), p. 1–18. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032773.
  • Bleijenberg, Arne; Klotz, Dagmar; Løberg, Magnus; Dekker, Evelien; Adami, Hans Olov & Kuipers, Ernst J. [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2019). Implications of different guidelines for surveillance after serrated polyp resection in United States of America and Europe. Endoscopy. ISSN 0013-726X. 51(8), p. 750–758. doi: 10.1055/a-0916-8598.
  • Ludvigsson, Jonas F.; Choung, Rok Seon; Marietta, Eric V; Murray, Joseph A. & Emilsson, Louise (2018). Increased risk of herpes zoster in patients with coeliac disease – nationwide cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1403-4948. 46(8), p. 859–866. doi: 10.1177/1403494817714713.
  • Ludvigsson, Jonas F.; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Chen, Qi; Bröms, Gabriella; Wolf, Randi L & Green, Peter H.R. [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Anxiety after coeliac disease diagnosis predicts mucosal healing: a population-based study. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. 48(10), p. 1091–1098. doi: 10.1111/apt.14991.
  • Jodal, Henriette Cecilie; Løberg, Magnus; Holme, Øyvind; Adami, Hans Olov; Bretthauer, Michael & Emilsson, Louise [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2018). Mortality from post-screening (interval) colorectal cancers is comparable to that from cancer in unscreened patients-a randomized sigmoidoscopy trial. Gastroenterology. ISSN 0016-5085. 155(6), p. 1787–1794. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.08.035.
  • Bretthauer, Michael; Goderstad, Jeanne Mette; Løberg, Magnus; Emilsson, Louise; Ye, Weimin & Adami, Hans Olov [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Uterine morcellation and survival in uterine sarcomas. European Journal of Cancer. ISSN 0959-8049. 101, p. 62–68. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2018.06.007.
  • Plate, Susann; Emilsson, Louise; Soderberg, Martin; Brandberg, Yvonne & Wärnberg, Fredrik (2018). High experienced continuity in breast cancer care is associated with high health related quality of life. BMC Health Services Research. ISSN 1472-6963. 18(127). doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-2925-0.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Green, Peter H R; Murray, Joseph A; Mårild, Karl Staffan & Ludvigsson, Jonas F (2018). Mucosal healing and the risk of serious infections in patients with celiac disease. United European Gastroenterology journal. ISSN 2050-6406. 6(1), p. 55–62. doi: 10.1177/2050640617707868.
  • Emilsson, Louise; García-Albéniz, Xabier; Logan, Roger W.; Caniglia, E.C.; Kalager, Mette & Hernan, Miguel A. (2018). Examining Bias in Studies of Statin Treatment and Survival in Patients With Cancer. JAMA Oncology. ISSN 2374-2437. 4(1), p. 63–70. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2752.
  • Kuja-Halkola, Ralf; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Halfvarson, Jonas; Emilsson, Louise; Magnusson, Patrik K. & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2017). Birth weight, sex, and celiac disease: A nationwide twin study. Clinical Epidemiology. ISSN 1179-1349. 9, p. 567–577. doi: 10.2147/CLEP.S149181.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Løberg, Magnus; Bretthauer, Michael; Holme, Øyvind; Fall, Katja & Jodal, Henriette Cecilie [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2017). Colorectal cancer death after adenoma removal in Scandinavia. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. ISSN 0036-5521. 52(12), p. 1377–1384. doi: 10.1080/00365521.2017.1377763.
  • Øines, Mari Nanna; Helsingen, Lise M.; Bretthauer, Michael & Emilsson, Louise (2017). Epidemiology and risk factors of colorectal polyps. Baillière's Best Practice & Research : Clinical Gastroenterology. ISSN 1521-6918. 31(4), p. 419–424. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2017.06.004.
  • Ludvigsson, JF; Roy, A; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Green, PH & Emilsson, Louise (2017). Anxiety and depression in caregivers of individuals with celiac disease - A population-based study. Digestive and Liver Disease. ISSN 1590-8658. 49(3), p. 273–279. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2016.11.006.
  • Adami, Hans Olov; Csermely, Peter; Veres, DV; Emilsson, Louise; Løberg, Magnus & Bretthauer, Michael [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). Are rapidly growing cancers more lethal? European Journal of Cancer. ISSN 0959-8049. 72, p. 210–214. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2016.11.011.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Holme, Øyvind; Bretthauer, Michael; Cook, Nancy R.; Buring, Julie E. & Løberg, Magnus [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2017). Systematic review with meta-analysis: the comparative effectiveness of aspirin vs. screening for colorectal cancer prevention. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. 45(2), p. 193–204. doi: 10.1111/apt.13857.
  • Ludvigsson, JF; Jarrick, S; Murray, JA & Emilsson, Louise (2016). Celiac Disease and Risk of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura: Population-based Cohort Study. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. ISSN 0192-0790. 52(2), p. 141–145. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000750.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Murray, Joseph; Leffler, Daniel A. & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2016). Cancer in first-degree relatives of people with celiac disease. Medicine. ISSN 0025-7974. 95(32). doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000004588.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Abdul Sultan, Alyshah & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2016). No increased mortality in 109,000 first-degree relatives of celiac individuals. Digestive and Liver Disease. ISSN 1590-8658. 48(4), p. 376–380. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2015.11.016.
  • Adami, Hans Olov; Bretthauer, Michael; Emilsson, Louise; Hernan, Miguel A.; Kalager, Mette & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2016). The continuing uncertainty about cancer risk in inflammatory bowel disease. Gut. ISSN 0017-5749. 65(6), p. 889–893. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2015-311003.
  • Jover, Rodrigo; Bretthauer, Michael; Dekker, Evelien; Holme, Øyvind; Kaminski, Michal Filip & Løberg, Magnus [Show all 22 contributors for this article] (2016). Rationale and design of the European Polyp Surveillance (EPoS) trials. Endoscopy. ISSN 0013-726X. 48(6), p. 571–578. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-104116.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Sundström, Johan & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2015). Cardiovascular disease in patients with coeliac disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Digestive and Liver Disease. ISSN 1590-8658. 47(10), p. 847–852. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2015.06.004.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Wijmenga, Cisca; Murray, Joseph A. & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2015). Autoimmune disease in first-degree relatives and spouses of individuals with celiac disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. 13(7), p. 1271–1277. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2015.01.026.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Lindahl, B; Köster, M.; Lambe, M & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2015). Review of 103 Swedish Healthcare Quality Registries. Journal of Internal Medicine. ISSN 0954-6820. 277(1), p. 94–136. doi: 10.1111/joim.12303.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Magnus, Maria Christine & Størdal, Ketil (2015). Perinatal risk factors for development of celiac disease in children, based on the prospective Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISSN 1542-3565. 13(5), p. 921–927. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2014.10.012.

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  • Emilsson, Louise & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2019). Letter: you can stare at a vicious circle, but you can also try to break it—psychological health and coeliac disease. Authors' reply. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. 49(3), p. 348–349. doi: 10.1111/apt.15096.
  • Ludvigsson, Jonas F. & Emilsson, Louise (2019). Letter: the relationship between diet, mood and mucosal healing in coeliac disease remains to be verified—authors' reply. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. 49(1). doi: 10.1111/apt.15055.
  • Emilsson, Louise & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2019). Letter: anxiety after coeliac disease diagnosis predicts mucosal healing?a population-based study. Authors? reply. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. ISSN 0269-2813. 49(5). doi: 10.1111/apt.15130.
  • Emilsson, Louise; García-Albéniz, Xabier & Hernan, MA (2018). Association of Statin Use With Overall and Cancer Survival-Reply. JAMA Oncology. ISSN 2374-2437. 4(7), p. 1016–1017. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.0736.
  • Emilsson, Louise; Roy, Abhik; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Green, Peter H.R. & Ludvigsson, Jonas F. (2018). Depression and anxiety in caregivers of patients with celiac disease. Author's reply. Digestive and Liver Disease. ISSN 1590-8658. 50(3), p. 320–321. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2017.12.024.
  • Jodal, Henriette Cecilie; Løberg, Magnus; Emilsson, Louise; Adami, Hans Olov; Bretthauer, Michael & Kalager, Mette (2018). Surveillance after Adenoma Removal (SAR): en case-kohort studie.
  • Emilsson, Louise & Semrad, Carol E. (2017). Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Cardiac Risk Factors: Going Gluten-Free, for Better or Worse? Digestive Diseases and Sciences. ISSN 0163-2116. 62(9), p. 2215–2216. doi: 10.1007/s10620-017-4649-0.
  • Bretthauer, Michael; Kamiński, Michał Filip; Emilsson, Louise & Adami, Hans-Olov (2017). Uppföljning efter polypektomi: riktlinjer, tro och evidens. Läkartidningen. ISSN 0023-7205. 6.
  • Løberg, Magnus; Emilsson, Louise; Jodal, Henriette Cecilie; Bretthauer, Michael; Holme, Øyvind & Adami, Hans Olov [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2016). Surveillance After Adenoma Removal: Does It Make a Difference?

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