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One of the world’s oldest hand surgery clinics

Hand surgery is young as a medical discipline and as a research field. Lund University conducts research at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, which has one of the world’s oldest and largest hand surgery clinics.

In 1988, the University received Sweden’s first and at the time only professorship in hand surgery with Göran Lundborg (born 1943). The hand surgery clinic in Malmö has been one of the most internationally renowned and recognised research and operational areas in Sweden. At the clinic, there is a combination of resources from several professions such as hand surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and counsellors. All of their perspectives are important in caring for patients while being equally important for the research work carried out there. 

Hand surgery as a specialisation started in the USA, and 1945 saw the formation of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, which has been world leading since then. At the end of World War II, the American ideas were brought to Sweden and Scandinavia by orthopaedist Erik Moberg in Gothenburg. In 1962, an independent clinic was created in Malmö, with consultant and director Nils Carstam, another of the great pioneers of hand surgery.