Secretary General Cathrine Marie Lofthus

Secretary General Cathrine Marie Lofthus

Portrettfoto av departementsråd Cathrine Lofthus

The Secretary General is the Ministry’s highest permanent official. The Secretary General is tasked with relieving and acting as an advisor for the Minister in the work relating to management and coordination of the Ministry’s work. The Secretary General is the Minister’s closest colleague and advisor, both regarding technical and policy matters.

Phone: +47 22 24 84 07


2008     Doctor of Medical Science (dr. med.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

2002     Certified physician

2000     Professional studies degree, medicine ( 

1998     University college graduate business administration and management, University of South-Eastern Norway

Professional experience (last 15 years)

2021–                 Secretary General, Ministry of Health and Care Services

2015–2021        Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority

2012–2014        Deputy CEO/Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Oslo University Hospital

2010–2012        Project Director, Oslo University Hospital

2009                   Chief Medical Advisor/Head of Department, Department of Professional Development and Research, Aker University Hospital

2007–2008        Senior Consultant/Head of Department, Department of Endocrinology, Aker University Hospital

2005–2006        Specialty Registrar, Centre for Endocrinology, Aker University Hospital

Board appointments

2019–2021        Oslo Science City

2019–2021        Oslo Cancer Cluster

2019–2021        KLP (Kommunal landspensjonskasse gjensidige forsikringsselskap (mutual insurance company))

2018–2021        Norwegian Healthnet – Public Enterprise

2016–2021        National eHealth Board

2015–2017        National Council for prioritisation in the health and care services

2006–2013        Norwegian Internal Medicine Association

Professional development and research

Principal supervisor for 2 PhD students

Lecturer in required courses for the specialised subject of endocrinology

Lecturer and instruction for medical students

Referee for international academic journals

Assignments for the Norwegian Knowledge Centre and the Norwegian Directorate of Health

Research projects at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Awards for presentations of research work

Key competencies

Group management and corporate governance

Change management and restructuring

Organisational development

Institutional planning, budgeting and financial management

Strategic work and analysis

Operation and management of hospitals, including capacity utilisation, analysis of control data and improvement of operational efficiency

Research management and professional development

Quality work and patient safety, work on patient pathways

Competence development

Clinical ICT and digitalisation

Extensive project experience, including large-scale building projects

Media and communications experience

List of publications