Respiratory Medicine

Ole Nørgaard Jensen

Head of department,Consultant, MD

Line Larsen

Head of Department,Head Nurse

Christian B. Laursen

Professor, Senior Consultant, Head of Research, PhD  

Core Tasks


Currently we are responsible for the highly specialized functions in pulmonology in Region Syddanmark and the focal point in Region Syddanmark for diagnosing and treating lung cancer, severe asthma, tuberculosis and complex pleurapulmonary infections. South Denmark Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases (SCILS) is part of the Department of Respiratory Medicine and serves as a tertiary referral center for rare and interstitial lung diseases, lung transplantation, pulmonary mycoses and other opportunistic infections. Diagnosis and treatment is handled in a close interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments with including several monthly MDDs, but also the highly specialised PUlmo-REuma clinic (PURE), which is managed by SCILS in collaboration with rheumatologists. Furthermore, SCILS acts as an European reference center for interstitial lung diseases by being member of the European Reference Network LUNG with monthly participation in international MDDs.


The department also runs Center for Lung Cancer (CFL), which follows international standards for invasive diagnostics and uses ENB, EBUS, rEBUS, EUS-b, medical thoracoscopy and advanced thoracic ultrasound. The OUH Simulationcenter (SimC) is used for all types of medical training for young doctors and specialists (and development of specialized medical functions and YL). The Department of Respiratory Medicine hasclose relationship with the Department of Occupational Medicine regarding airway challenge tests using provocative chambers for diagnosing labor related allergies, and the Center for Exercise induced Dyspnea hasclose collaboration with the Department for Otolaryngology on e.g., performance of continuous laryngoscopy exercise test





The Department of Respiratory Medicine is divided into:

A Hospital in patientClinic

A Telemedicine Unit

A Research Unit

A large Outpatient Clinic divided into interdisciplinary specialized teams:

  • Asthma and allergies

  • Lung Cancer

  • Interstitial lung disease

  • COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Tuberculosis

Research Areas

The Respiratory Medicine Research Unit conducts research within common as well as rare and orphan lung diseases:


  • Asthma and Allergy

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Lung CancerInterstitial

  • Lung Diseases

  • Pleural diseases

  • TubercuosisChronic

  • Pulmonary Aspergillosis


The focus is clinical research aiming to improve the health care service of patients with a respiratory condition in the Region of Southern Denmark.


More information about the Respiratory Medicine Research Unit at OUH.


Key figures

Beds A 11-bed ward
Employees 80
Annual outpatient visits 15.000
Annual overnight admissions 1.100