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I was born in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit, but moved at an early age to the American West Coast where I grew up. Sweden has been my home for over 30 years. I am married and we have four children and five grandchildren (so far).
My academic education started at the University of California, San Diego, where I received my BA in physiology in 1987. I studied medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University. Immediately after receiving my Medical degree in 1993, I was registered as a PhD student at the Department of Surgery, Uppsala University, where I defended my thesis in 1998.
I became a specialist in pediatrics in 2004 with a special focus on pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition from 2004-2011. Since 2011, I am medical director for the preventive Child Health Services in Uppsala County, with an overarching responsibility for preventive health care for all children 0-5 years in the county.
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