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Dr. Tomas Albrektsson

MD, Ph.D., ODhc, RCPSG, born August 25th, 1945, Swedish citizen.

Professional Preparation

MD in 1973, PhD-thesis  Healing of Bone Grafts  defended in 1979 (Tutor: P-I Brånemark)

Full-time clinical work between 1973 and 1976, Associate professor (docent) in 1980.


Researcher & Head of Bone research Group at the Laboratory of Experimental Biology, Department of Anatomy, Gothenburg University, Sweden 1980 – 1986. Researcher and Head of Administration, Institute for Applied Biotechnology, Gothenburg, 1980-1986. Professor and Head of Department of Handicap Research (nowadays dept. of Biomaterials), Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg between1986 and 2012. Visiting professor at Malmö dental University since 2011.

Commissions of Trust

Previous or present Board member of several biomaterials-oriented commercial companies.

Board member of the dept of Surgical Sciences for more than 10 years and of the dept of Clinical Sciences 2006-2012.

Various Board positions (including several as chairman) of idealistic organisations with memberships of between 400 and 4000 individuals.

Networks in academia and industry

Substantial network with numerous research bodies over the years. 

Previous or present consultancies to stock market companies such as Nobel Biocare, Mediteam, Astra Zeneca, and 3i. Frequently invited as an external expert on international academic positions.

Entrepreneurial achievements

Close co-worker of P I Brånemark in the development of osseointegrated oral & craniofacial clinical treatment with international breakthrough in 1982 and 1992, senior member of team that has developed new osseointegrated hip arthroplasties for clinical usage (2010).

The Editor of 10 scientific books and a member of the Editorial Board of 8 international, scientific journals. Editor-in-Chief of Applied Osseointegration Research, a scientific monograph, since 2000. Several patents in the field of biomaterials. Editor of J Clin Medicine volume “osseointegration”, published as scientific papers and as a book (2019, 2020)

The author of about 675 abstracts, reviews, and scientific papers on bone grafts, vital microscopy of bone, experimental implants, oral and craniofacial reconstructions and orthopaedic implants. Paper by Brånemark, Albrektsson et al (1983)was in 2006 awarded as one of the top papers published in Biomaterials during 25 years. Paper by Wennerberg & Albrektsson (2000) awarded title of best paper in Int J Oral & Maxillofacial Implants published in the year of 2000. Ranked among the 6 most quoted scientists of the Medical faculty of Göteborg University in an investigation covering the years between 1986 and 2001.

Current Scopus (February of 2022) h-index of 92. A total number of more than 33.000 citations, Ranked as Second most quoted researcher in “Dentistry” of the world according to Ioannidis et al “updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” PLoS Biol 18 https://doi.org/10.1371 2020.  Ranked as first most rated expert on dental prosthesis based on a total of 29824 papers and the third most rated expert of the world on oral implants based on 16920 papers published between 2011 and 2021 https://expertscape.com/ex/dental+implants

Theses of graduate students

Supervisor or co supervisor of 45 Ph D theses at the own department and of 4 Ph D theses at Universities abroad. External examiner of 9 national and 14 international Ph D theses

Other relevant qualifications

More than 1350 invited lectures to professional audiences all over the world.

Awards, Honorary Memberships etc.

Awarded the gold medal of the city of Paris, France in 1989

Academician of the year, Singapore University 1994

Recipient of the IADR “Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award” Seattle, USA 1994

Honorary member of the British Facial and Audiological Implant Group since 1994

Doctor of Odontology, honoris causa, University of Buenos Aires, Argentine 1995

Honorary member of the Indian Society for Periodontology since 1996

Honorary visiting professor at Eastman Dental ,University College London,UK 1998-2012

Honorary member of the Slovenian Association for Osseointegration since 1999

Honorary member of the Lebanese Dental Association since 2002.

Recipient of the Jerome M and Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award, New York, USA 2004

Carlos Alberto de Menezes Berenguer Award, Salvador, Brazil, 2006.

Elected member of the Royal Society Arts and Sciences in Göteborg, Sweden in 2006

Award “Lifetime achievement in the Science of Osseointegration” Academy of OI, San Antonio,Tx, USA 2007

Honorary member of South African Academy of Prosthodontics since 2007.

Laney visiting professor at the Mayo clinic, Rochester, Minn. USA, 2008.

Honorary member of the Biomaterials Research Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden since 2008.

Honorary member of AON, Association Osseointegration Nordeste (Brazil) since 2009

Honorary member of Italian Society of Osseointegration since 2010

Doctor of Dental Surgery, honoris causa; Honorary Fellow Dent Surg, University of Glasgow, Scotland,  2010

Member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow;R.C.P.S.G. since 2010

Honorary member of British Society for Specialist Prosthodontic Disciplines,BSSPD in 2011

American Prosthodontic Society Gold Medallion Award, Chicago Ill,USA February 2012

Nobel Branemark Osseointegration Award, Seattle, USA, March 2014.   

Honorary member of the International piezoelectrical association, Milano Italy,Sept 2019        

Particular Honorary lectures out of 1350 presentations to professional audiences:

Osseointegration and Heat tolerance of bone at the original Toronto conference, Canada 1982       

Invited Key note lecture at 2nd World Congress on Biomaterials, Washington, USA, 1984               

Invited key note lecture at the AAP meeting of San Diego, USA 1985                                             

Inaugural distinguished scientist lecture, Sydney University,Australia 1992                                      

Visiting academician lecture, University of Singapore, Singapore 1993                                           

Honorary lecture at Indian Society of Periodontology, Mumpai, India 1996.                      

Alberto J Roemmer Foundation lecture at Buenos Aires University, Argentina 2000                   

TC White Symposium, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK 2001               

Key note lecture at American Prosthodontic Society, Chicago, USA 2005                                             

Nobel Symposium lecture, Karolinska University, Stockholm, Sweden 2006                                     

Bill Laney invited lecture at the Mayo clinic, Rochester MN, USA 2008                                         

Lectio magistralis of SIO, Roma, Italy 2010                                                                                             

Lectio magistralis at University of Genova, Italy 2012                                                                  

IIIrd George Zarb lecture, University of Toronto, Canada 2013.                                                    

Key note lecture Royal Society of Medicine, London UK, 2016                                                                            

Key note lecture at EAO and ACP webinar “The Osseointegration Day”May 3rd 2021