Our Themes and Functions

The care provided at Karolinska University Hospital is organized based on medical theme areas and a number of functions. Thematic care puts the patient's collective medical needs into even greater focus.

Our Theme areas and functions are:

Theme areas

  • Cancer
  • Children /Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital
  • Emergency and Reparative Medicine
  • Heart & Vascular and Neuro
  • Inflammation and Aging
  • Women's Health and Allied Health Professionals


  • Medical Diagnostics Karolinska
  • Perioperative Medicine & Intensive Care
  • Children Perioperative Medicine & Intensive Care

The hospital’s themes and functions have significant freedom to structure their organizations according to their respective needs. Several have opted for a so-called two-legged structure, with one Head of Department, often a physician, and one Head of Care Unit, often a nurse, responsible for nursing
operations, instead of the traditional model with one Head, often a physician.