Ewa Roos, PT, PhD

University of Southern Denmark


PhD (1999) and Associate Professor (2003) Lund University, Sweden. Professor (2007-) and Head of Research (2007-2020), Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy, Department of Sports and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark; Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne University, Australia (2010-20). Adjunct Professor, LaTrobe University, Australia (2015-). Professor Roos has a passion for advancing the frontiers of knowledge in muscle and joint health to improve the quality of life of those with musculoskeletal disease and to improve health care delivery for these conditions. Her focus is on patient-reported outcomes, exercise therapy, surgical treatments and clinical care pathways. Professor Roos is the author of 300+ peer-reviewed publications. She has published ground-breaking randomized trials comparing exercise therapy to orthopaedic surgery in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal. Her work has been cited in total 23.537 times and her h-index is 71 (Web of Science, October 2022). She has supervised 28 PhD-theses to completion. Six of her PhD students are now full professors and four of them have received awards and/or prestigious post-doctoral funding from the Swedish and Danish Medical Research Councils, and ERC Starting and Consolidator grants. Professor Roos is an internationally leading researcher and change agent in the field of musculoskeletal health. She has been able to both produce high-impact clinical research and translate that research into clinical tools that are easily and effectively implemented in hospitals, primary care clinics and community settings. She has served as an expert on clinical guideline committees for osteoarthritis (Sweden and Norway 2003, Sweden 2007-12, 2017-20, Denmark 2012, Osteoarthritis Research Society International 2014, China 2017), thereby impacting the delivery of clinical care worldwide. One of the principal outcomes from her research has been the development of the Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) project for people with knee and hip pain. Since 2013, more than 1500 clinicians in Denmark have been trained in delivering GLA:D® care to 65,000+ patients. GLA:D® is now available in nine countries on four continents. In 2019, GLA:D® won the ValueBasedHealthCare Prize in competition with 175+ international applications. In 2014, her contribution to public health was recognised when she won the OARSI Clinical Research Award for her “outstanding work in exercise as prevention and treatment of joint pain, joint injury and osteoarthritis”. In 2014, she was awarded the Queen Ingrid of Denmark’s prize for outstanding arthritis research by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the Danish Rheumatism Association. Professor Roos has as main or co-applicant obtained funding for a grand total corresponding to the equivalence of 12 611 380 Euros.