René Horsleben Petersen

René Horsleben Petersen

Klinisk Professor

Petersen is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, specializing in lung surgery. He holds a PhD in the field of Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) as well as a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration.

His primary research focus is minimally invasive lung surgery, education and simulation in VATS and ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery). He is also conducting research in the fields of lung cancer screening and video-assisted thymectomy.

Petersen teaches regularly at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH and has experience supervising medical students for their master’s degree as well as PhD students.

For more than a decade Petersen has led clinical immersions at his centre with participation from clinics around the world and has proctored many thoracic surgeons in VATS Lobectomy by a Standardized Anterior Approach. He has given numerous lectures and educational seminars on VATS Lobectomy, performed live surgery and presented at numerous international conferences.

He has more than 90 publications in international peer-reviewed journals within the topics: VATS Lobectomy, VATS Segmentectomy, VATS Thymectomy, VATS Education and Simulation, Enhanced Recovery and Lung Cancer Screening.
He acts as a councillor and as Director of Guidelines for the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS). He is on the editorial board and reviewer for several scientific journals.

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