Steinar Hunskaar (1956) is professor of general practice and former Head of Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. From 2003-2011, he was also Dean of the Research curriculum, School of Medicine, University of Bergen. He received his medical degree from University of Bergen in 1982 and has also a Bachelor degree of administration. He was trained in neurophysiology and later in internal medicine and general practice. His doctoral thesis (1987) dealt with pain mechanisms in the spinal cord.
Prof. Hunskaar’s main research field is urinary incontinence in women, and he is principal investigator for several large epidemiological projects. He is the leader of a research group for urinary incontinence, consisting of senior scientists, research fellows and PhD students.
Hunskaar has published a large number of articles about clinical and epidemiological aspects of incontinence in international journals, including the most distinguished like New England Journal of Medicine and BMJ. He was a member of the Cochrane review group for incontinence from the start until 2000. He was chair of the Committee on Epidemiology, 1st and 2nd International WHO/UICC Consultation on Incontinence (Monaco 1998, Paris 2001), and chaired the committee again for the 3rd Consultation in Monaco in 2004.
In addition he has more than 100 publications in several aspects of general practice, from clinical studies to more ideological papers, including editorials and original studies in many international journals. Prof. Hunskaar has also edited several books, his most famous work is the 800 pp Norwegian textbook of general practice, a well known work all over Scandinavia, which came in its third edition in 2013. He has also received national and international awards for teaching and research activities.
Dr. Hunskaar is an approved specialist in general practice in Norway, and has his clinical practice with responsibility for 425 persons in a local community.