Karolinska takes over the presidency of the European University Hospital Alliance


The CEO of Karolinska University Hospital, Björn Zöega, will become the president of the European University Hospital Alliance, which represents more than 220,000 employees.

In November, Björn Zöega and Karolinska University Hospital will take over the presidency of the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA). The EUHA represents more than 220,000 employees, and was created in order to enable comparisons between university hospitals, thereby further developing the working approach to the provision of care.

The EUHA is an advisory organisation for decision-makers working within European health and medical care, and, by participating in an international network, the EUHA's members can share expertise and experience with regard to care, research and education in order to strengthen the expertise and innovation within the hospitals.

Together, the EUHA conducts more than 300 funded research and development projects, and more than 6,000 clinical studies. One example of the EUHA's activities during 2020 is the work performed related to COVID-19, including working to address the challenges and how we can help and learn from each other, common testing strategies, and forums for discussion within different professions (for example, concerning new technology). Another of this year's activities is the collaboration concerning cell therapy and gene therapy with the aim of accelerating the development and making it easier for patients to gain access to this treatment.

The period of Björn Zoëga's presidency is seven months, during which time Karolinska will host the 'Members Assembly' on 10 June. Karolinska took over the presidency from Germany's Charité (Berlin), and will be succeeded in summer 2021 by Vall d'Hebron (Barcelona).

Facts about the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA)

The European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA) was formed in 2017.
The alliance has representatives from Europe's nine biggest university hospitals:

  • Karolinska University Hospital
  • Charité (Berlin)
  • Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus
  • UZ Leuven
  • King's Health Partners (London)
  • Ospedale San Raffaele (Milan)
  • Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
  • Erasmus MC (Rotterdam)
  • The Medical University of Vienna / Vienna General Hospital.