Irene Wessel

Irene Wessel

Consultant, ph.d., associate professor. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and neck surgery and audiolog. Rigshospitalet 2071

Research areas:

My current research activities focus on:

– Head and neck cancer

– Electrochemotherapy

– Oral, Enteral and parenteral nutrition

– Dysphagia

– Pre- and rehabilitation Head and neck cancer.

Academic profile:

2019- Senior consultant, Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and neck surgery, RH

2016-2020 Senior ward physician, Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and neck surgery, RH

2012 Consultant, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and neck surgery, Rigshospitalet

2011 Associate professor, Copenhagen University

2009- 2012 Staff specialist, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and neck surgery, Rigshospitalet.

2002 PhD from Copenhagen University.

2001- 2009 Resident, Basic and Specialist training Otorhinolaryngologi

1998- 2001 Ph.d. scholarship, Dept of Pathology, Rigshospitalet, Funded by Forskerakademiet

1998: MD, University of Copenhagen

Board Membership:

2016-2017 Board Member in Danish Society of Dysphagia

2014-: Board Member in SSHNO, (Scandinavian Society for Head and Neck Oncology)

2011-2014: Board Member in DSKE (Danish Society for Clinical Nutrition).

2010-2019 Board of DAHANCA (Danish Head and neck cancer group).

2006-2009: Board Member in Yngre Otologer, (Society of younger Otorhinolaryngolgists)

Scientific activities:

2018 Member of working group to define standard for FEES and MBS in head and neck cancer

2017 Member of working group SST, drafting of decision support tools for cancer patients.

2007-2015 Member of several working groups to revise the National guidelines on treatment on relaps of Head and Neck cancer, Oral cancer, Salivary gland cancer, Nose and paranasal sinuses, Dysphagia, After treatment, Unknown primary,

2004- 2010: Establishment of Head and Neck surgery Biobank okt 2004. Initiator in protocol writing, applications, fundraising, implementation of the biobank.

Research projects:

Current co-supervisor for 6 phD students.

Previous supervisor for 2 completed PhD studies, 7 Master thesis for Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition, 3 Master studies (medicin scholar).

Official opponent at 2 phD thesis.


37 peer reviewed publications.

Co-author on several National guidelines on treatment of Head and neck cancer.