Professor of Propedeutics of Internal medicine
Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tartu and University Hospital
Honorary Fellow of the European Federation of Internal medicine and Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia 1985
PhD at the University of Tartu 1990
DrMed Sci at the University of Tampere, Finland 1998
Has been working at the University of Tartu since 1990
Has been Vice-dean on residency training of the Medical Faculty of the University of Tartu 2006-2016
President of the Estonian Society of Internal medicine 2006-2017
President of the Estonian Society of family physicians 1996-2001
The main areas of research have been devoted to the health outcomes in chronic diseases (diabetes, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis) and factors having an impact on this, diagnosis and clinical significance of hypolactasia, assessment of different diagnostic methods, reforms in primary health care and medical education. Altogether more than 250 publications, out of them 85 in international peer-reviewed journals. Supervised 6 PhD theses.
The main teaching responsibilities are in teaching physical examination and communication skills for undergraduate medical students, general internal medicine for residents, methodology of research and publications for PhD students.
Adviser of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Internal Medicine.
Consultant of the World Bank Health projects in medical education and primary care in several countries of Central Asia, Russia, Moldova, Macedonia.