Jan Vincents Johannessen
Born 25th May 1941 in Kristiansand, Norway
- M.D., University of Bergen, Norway (First in Class)
- Certified Specialist in Pathology
1983 Doctor of Medicine (Ph.D. in Medicine), University of Oslo, Norway
1968 – 72 Consultant and Head of Laboratory of Clinical Electron Microscopy,
Haukeland Hospital, and Prosector. University of Bergen, Norway.
1972 – 75 Consultant and Head of Laboratory of Ultrastructural Pathology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital and Norsk Hydro’s Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway.
1975 – 76 Chairman, Department of Pathology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital and Norsk Hydro’s Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway.
1976 – 83 Consultant and Head of Laboratory of Ultrastructural Pathology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital and Norsk Hydro’s Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway.
1979 – 82 Associate Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.
1982 – 2002 Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.
1983 – 2000 Consulting Oncologist, The Norwegian Cancer Registry (Institute for Epidemiological Cancer Research) Oslo, Norway.
1983 – 2001 President and CEO, The Norwegian Radium Hospital and Institute for Cancer Research, (Comprehensive Cancer Center.) Oslo, Norway.
1990 – date Director and CEO, The Montebello Center for Training and Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients and their Relatives, and National Competence Center (with The Norwegian Radium Hospital) for long term effects of cancer treatment, Mesnali, Norway.
2001- date The Norwegian Radium Hospital Foundation.
2002 – 2005 President & CEO, The Norwegian Radium Hospital TRUST Comprehensive Cancer Center, consisting of the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Institute for Cancer Research and The Norwegian Cancer Registry, Oslo, Norway.
2002-2005 Chairman of the Board, The Norwegian Cancer Registry (Institute for Epidemiological Cancer Research) Oslo, Norway.
2005 – 2007 International Director, Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet University Hospital THRUST. (HF).
2007-2011 International Director, The Oslo University Hospital THRUST (HF) (Merger of the Oslo University Hospitals: The National Hospital (Rikshospitalet,) The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Ullevaal Hospital and Aker Hospital)
Medical and scientific societies
1973 – 79 Member of the Board, The European Society of Pathology.
1976 – 88 Chairman of The Information Committee, The Norwegian Cancer Society.
- Member of the Executive Committee for the National TV fund raising campaign, The Norwegian Cancer Society.
1980 – 81 Chairman of the Council, The European Society of Pathology.
1981 – 83 President-elect, The European Society of Pathology.
1983 – 85 President, The European Society of Pathology.
1983 – 86 Co-Founder and Chairman, The Oncology Forum of Norway.
1983 – 88 Chairman of the Committee for Children with Cancer, The Norwegian Cancer Society.
1984 – 87 Deputy Chairman, The Norwegian Cancer Society.
1985 – 87 Past-President, The European Society of Pathology.
1986 – 89 Member of the Research Committee, The Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.
1986 – 94 Counselor, The International Union against Cancer – UICC.
1987 – 88 Chairman. The Norwegian Cancer Society.
- President, The Nordic Cancer Union.
1988 – 91 Chairman, Board of Publications, The International Union against Cancer – UICC.
1998 – 2000 Member of The Rector’s International Advisory Committee, Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Non-medical Institutions and Companies
1983 – date Board member, The Jeanette and Søren Bothner Foundation.
1983 – 87 Chairman of the Board, Norwegian Auto (Norsk Auto – sole distributor of Fiat in Norway).
1985 – 88 Councilor, The Norwegian Forum (Norsk Forum).
1985 – 1988 Member of Norwegian Forum’s Working Committee for the promotion of Norwegian research and development abroad.
1988 – 1990 Member of the Board, Taylor & Francis Publishing Corporation (Inc.)USA.
1989 Member of the Working Committee for Innovation, The Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences.
1989 – 1993 Government Representative, Advisory Council, The Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients for Medical Malpractice.
1991 – 1993 Member of the Committee for Government Information Strategy towards the year 2000.
1991 – 2005 Chairman. The Committee for Alternative Research. The Norwegian Society for the Protection of Animals.
1991 Member of the Board, The National Foundation for Dissemination of Research.
1991 – 2005 Chairman of the Board, The National Foundation for Research Information.
1992 – 2004 Representing the Public at Large in The Press Council of Norway.
1990 – 1997 Board member. The Polytechnic Society of Norway.
1997 – 1999 Deputy President. The Polytechnic Society of Norway.
1999 – 2003 President, The Polytechnic Society of Norway.
1998 – date Chairman, The Laurel Foundation (Laurbærfondet).
1999 – 2005 Member of the Board, Carema Health Care AB, Sweden.
2000 – 2001 Deputy Chairman of the Board, The National Theatre of Norway (Nationaltheatret).
2001 – 2009 Chairman of the Board, The National Theatre of Norway (Nationaltheatret).
2003- 2007 Member of the Board. The Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden.
2005 – date Member of the Electoral Organ, The National Museum of Art of Norway
Medical and Scientific Books
- Johannessen JV: Autopsy. Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget), Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
1977 – 78 Johannessen JV: Diagnostic Electron Microscopy. London, Part 1 1977. Part 2 1978.
1978 – 85 Johannessen JV (Editor-in-chief and part author): Electron Microscopy in Human Medicine, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 a, 11 b, McGraw-Hill International Book Company, New York.
1979 Lapis K, Johannessen JV (editors): Liver Carcinogenesis. Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, Washington, and McGraw-Hill International Book Company, New York.
1982 Johannessen JV, Sobrinho-Simões M: Diagnostic Electron Microscopy. Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, Washington, and McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.
1983 Longva H (architect), Johannessen JV (MD) Alvik E (MD): A Norwegian Hospital Building and Planning System. A New Concept in Hospital Planning. Oslo, Norway.
1983 Johannessen JV: Well Differentiated Thyroid Tumors. A Pathobiological Study. (Ph. D. Thesis). University of Oslo, Norway.
1984 Johannessen JV, Gould VE, Faria V, Gonçalves L, Soares J, Sobrinho-Simões M (editors): Electron Microscopy in Diagnostic Pathology. The Portuguese Society of Pathology, Lisbon, Portugal.
1985 Nylenna M, Gundersen S, Johannessen JV (editors): Kreft i allmennpraksis. (Cancer in general practice). The University Press, Oslo, Norway.
1990 Sobrinho-Simões M, Nesland JM, Johannessen JV: Exercises in Ultrastructural Pathology, Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, New York.
Present and previous Editorships of Periodicals
Editor-in-chief. (1980-2010), Ultrastructural Pathology. Launched by J.V. Johannessen and published in New York eight times annually
Electron Microscopy, Editor, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.
Medical Editor, Mot Kreft (Against Cancer).
Associate Editor, Pathology, Research and Practice.
Associate Editor, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology.
Series Editor, Ultrastructural Pathology Publications (Hemisphere Publishing Corporation).
Associate Editor, Histology and Histopathology.
Medical Editor, Kreftnytt (Cancer News).
Editor, Avanti – Magazine dealing with Italian fashion, design, cars and culture.
Managing Editor (European Division) Pathology, Research and Practice.
Editor-in-chief, UICC Cancer Magazine (including International Cancer News).
Series Editor, The Cancer Series (Hemisphere Publishing Corporation).
Editorial Board Member
Pathology, Research and Practice.
Journal of Submicroscopic Cytology.
Investigative and Cell Pathology (Diagnostic Histopathology).
Diagnostic Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Mikroskopie (German Journal).
Journal of Pathology.
Journal of Nutrition, Growth and Cancer.
International Journal of Surgical Pathology.
Histology and Histopathology.
Pathology & Oncology Research.
Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology.
Arquivos de Patologia Geral e Anatomia Patologica da Universidade do Coimbra.
Australian and Asian Journal of Cancer.
Guest Editor of several special publications of international periodicals.
Author/co-author of some 200 scientific articles published in international periodicals.
Profiled on the front page of “Cancer Research”, USA.
Lectures and Course Supervision
Guest lecturer and course supervisor at several European and American universities, and at numerous international congresses.
Faculty member at several international tutorials.
Chairman and Organizer of a series of courses or symposia about electron microscopy, ultrastructural pathology, pathology, and cancer research at a series of international congresses.
Lecturer at several national and international courses and seminars on leadership.
Books for the General Public
Johannessen JV: “Boken om kreft” (The Book on Cancer). The University Press (Universitetsforlaget), Oslo, Norway.
(“The Cancer Reference Book” by P. M. Levitt and E. S. Guralnick with A. R. Kagan and H. Gilbert, Paddington Press, New York and London, 1979. Translated and rewritten for Norwegian conditions.)
Johannessen J.V: “Bak skjermbrettet” (Behind the Folding Screen). J. M. Stenersen Publishing Company, Oslo, Norway.
Johannessen J.V. and Weidemann J.: “Kunsten å leve” (The Art of Living). H. Aschehoug & Co., Oslo (21 editions, 120,000 bound copies sold through bookshops).
Johannessen J.V. Revised and updated version of “Kunsten å leve” (The Art of Living). H. Aschehoug & Co., Oslo 2007 (Total sales of “Kunsten å leve” (The Art of Living) is 170 000 copies, making it the most sold non-fiction book ever in Norway.
Columnist on Medicine and Health, Culture, Politics and Society.
Regular or periodic columnist on subjects ranging from politics, science, art, culture to health and travelling in the following newspapers and periodicals:
Farmand (Business Weekly).
Norges Handels- og Sjøfartstidende (Norwegian Journal of Commerce and Shipping).
Dagens Næringsliv (Business Today).
Harvard Business Review (Norwegian edition).
Stat og Styring (Published by the Norwegian Government).
Series on cancer in several Norwegian nationwide newspapers, among others VG and Aftenposten (Norway’s leading daily newspapers).
Author of some 200 popular articles, information booklets etc. on science and health.
Film and Television
Co-author and medical adviser:
“Det hender ikke meg” (It does not happen to me).
Photography and direction by Jan Troell, featuring Liv Ullman, Ingmar Bergman, Lena Nyman, ABBA, etc. Produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society, broadcasted on television in several countries.
Manuscript and realization:
“Mot alle odds” (Against all odds).
Directed by Nils R. Mueller. Produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society, broadcasted on Norwegian National Television (NRK).
“Kreft i allmennpraksis” (Cancer in General Practice).
Directed by Odd Geir Sæther. Produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society, broadcasted on Norwegian National Television (NRK).
“Kamp for liv” (A Fight for Life)
– about the testing of new cancer drugs.
Directed by Odd Geir Sæther. Produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society , broadcasted on Norwegian National Television (NRK).
Co-author and co-presenter (with Turid Øversveen)
“Hva er kreft” (What is Cancer?) (28 minutes)
“Solen: Venn eller fiende?” (The Sun: Friend or Enemy?) (38 minutes)
“Brystkreft” (Breast Cancer) (45 minutes)
“Testikkelkreft” (Testicular Cancer) (43 minutes)
“Kreft hos barn” (Cancer in Children) (43 minutes)
“Kreft hos ungdom” (Cancer in Youths) (53 minutes)
All produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society, broadcasted by Janco Cable Television.
Idea and synopsis:
“Magiske kuler” (Magical Bullets)
“Hilde og Ole” (Hilde and Ole)
“Ungdom med kreft” (Youth with Cancer)
Produced for The Norwegian Cancer Society by Info-film and Video, and broadcasted by cable television in major Norwegian cities.
Short commercials – 1 – 3 minutes:
“En årlig dose” (A Yearly Dose) (idea and manuscript)
“Røyk” (Smoke) (idea and manuscript)
“Tjære” (Tar) (idea and manuscript)
“Forskning” (Research) (idea and manuscript)
“Sigarettpakken” (The Cigarette Pack) (idea and manuscript)
“Undersøk brystene dine selv” (Examine your Breasts Yourself) (idea and manuscript)
Various producers. Shown in Norwegian cinemas.
Film awards and distinctions:
Winner of the category health information: The Silver Lion Award to “A Yearly Dose”, 25th Advertising contest (Festival International du Film Publicitaire), Cannes, France.
Award winner with “The Cigarette Pack”, International Film Competition, Helsinki, Finland.
Published coverage and art pictures in among others:
Designed logos for:
Oncology Forum of Norway
The Norwegian Patients’ Association
The Norwegian Cancer Society
Scandinavian School of Oncology
The Montebello Center
The Italian Institute of Culture
The Norwegian Society of Pathology
Designed and wrote the text for a series of presentations by The International Union against Cancer – UICC, published in:
International Herald Tribune
International Business Week
The Far East Economic Review
Designed international periodicals as well, created book covers, CD covers and festival posters.
Aircraft profiling of British Airways.
Music, Pictorial Art, Glassmaking Art and Jewelry
Composer and songwriter for major national and international artists. He writes classical music and hymns, gospel, pop music, country songs, blues and rock.
His lyrics are in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English and German.
Has won several song writing competitions, and been awarded a number of gold, platinum and multiplatinum trophies for sales.
He has written songs for, among others, Placido Domingo, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Wenche Myhre, Roy Rogers, Shana Morrison, Carol Dennis, Maria Arredondo, Espen Lind, Jan Werner, Lotta Engberg, Lene Siel. Christer Sjøgren, Postgirobygget, Stephen Ackles, Steinar Albrigtsen, and a large number of other national and international artists.
Johannessen wrote the Norwegian and English texts of the official song of the IX Olympic Winter Games at Lillehammer in 1994, “Se ilden lyse” and “Fire in your Heart”, recorded by Placido Domingo and Sissel.
Together with Amund Enger he wrote the song “Let’s make a Brand New World” for the BBC fundraising “Hopes and Homes for Children of Bosnia”.
As a songwriter, he won in 1994, both the 1st and the 2nd awards at the National TV2’s competition for the best new Christmas song.
He wrote both lyrics and music of the official song on the occasion of the Norwegian National Television (NRK) fund-raising campaign in 1997: ”Hold You Against my Heart” (Halde deg inntil meg).
He was also Co-writer, with Lars Muhl, of the official song of the Norway March (Norgesmarsjen), “Footprints of Love” / “Kjærlighetsspor i sanden”.
Johannessen composed the title track of the classical instrumental CD “En rose i snøen” (A Rose in the Snow), recorded by the pianist Wolfgang Plagge and the violinist Pjotr Janowski.
At Christmas in 2001, together with Svein Gundersen, he wrote the title song for the CD of The Salvation Army, “Julegryta” (The Christmas Kettle), celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Christmas kettle.
Has written prologues presented by well-known Norwegian actors Wenche Foss, Lise Fjeldstad, Knut Risan and many others, and written texts for TV shows for Norwegian and German television.
Co-writer with Harry Belafonte, of narratives for the Oslo Peace Concert ( In connection with the Oslo 2 declaration between Israel and Palestine), and translation to English of the Methuen Songs by Mikes Theodora is, performed by Raja Saijonmaa and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Johannessen written and recorded a “sound sculpture/sound shower” for the Oslo International Airport at Gardermoen.
In 1993 he recorded, with actress Lise Fjeldstad and Jakob Weidemann, the audio version of his book “Kunsten å leve” (The Art of Living).
In 2007 he recorded, this time with actress Liv Ullmann, the revised version of the book with the same title.
He also read the audio version of Gabriel Scott’s “Pider Ro’s historier” (Pider Ro’s Stories)
All the audio books mentioned are in Norwegian.
Johannessen was a student of the late Jakob Weidemann since 1986, working with oil colors, acrylic, tempera, watercolors and graphic art.
The Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo opened with a separate exhibition of his paintings.
Johannessen has decorated a series of hotels, as well as private and public buildings, in Norway and abroad.
Separate exhibitions of paintings “Sinfonia Nordica” at the Recoleta Art Center in Buenos Aires, and the Cultural Center of Salta, Argentina in 2006.
Johannessen has had a number of other separate exhibitions in Norway and abroad, and has also taken part in a number of collective exhibitions.
Working with glass, he designs and shapes glass-plates, windows and other decorative elements, using “glass-fusion” techniques.
He creates jewelry merging silver, gold and glass in his own design.
Personal Honors and Awards
Award for Outstanding Student of Medicine.
The Semmelweiss Medal of the Semmelweiss Medical University, Budapest, Hungary.
The Jan Evangelista Purkyne Memorial Medal, Prague, The Check Republic.
The Copernicus Medal of The Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
The Research Award of the Nordic Cancer Union.
The Certificate of Excellence, American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
The Karl Evang Award for Distinguished contributions to Health Information.
The Lighthouse Award of The Salvation Army.
The “Primus Motor Award”, now called “The Art of Leadership Award”, awarded by Manpower and The Norwegian Institute for Personnel Administration.
The Medal of Honor, The Medical Faculty, University of Oslo.
Institutional Awards and Distinctions
The Norwegian Productivity Prize, awarded by The Polytechnic Society of Norway and The World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS).
The Montebello Center being nominated “The Design Institution of the Year” by The Norwegian Design Council.
“Prix d’Excellence”. Finalist. FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) for “The Leisure Center” (Trivselsanlegget) at The Norwegian Radium Hospital.
Elected Memberships and Honorary Memberships
Elected Member of the Norwegian Technical and Scientific Academy.
Elected Member of the Agder Scientific Academy.
Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Pathology.
Honorary Member of the Portuguese Society of Pathology.
Honorary Member of the European Society of Pathology.
Honorary Member of Euro Cell Path. Society.
Honorary Member of the Polish Academy of Science.
Honorary Professor of the Bulgarian International Association of Physicians.
Honorary Professor of the Zhengzhou University, China.
Honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causae), of the Catholic University of Salta, Argentina
The Gold Order of Merit of the City of Porto.
Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav
Commander of the Royal Orange-Nassau Order of the Netherlands.
Commander of the Royal Swedish Order of the Northern Star.
Commander of the Royal Belgian Order of the Crown .
Commander (The Grand Cross) of the Presidential German Order of Merit.
Officer of the Presidential Polish Order of Merit.
Officer of the Presidential Italian Order of Merit.