Doctor Alexander Börve biography

I am a medical professional combining expertise as an orthopedic surgeon and a tele dermatology expert, committed to advancing the intersection of technology and healthcare. My journey began at the esteemed University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I honed my skills and gained valuable clinical experience. In pursuit of broader horizons and a passion for digital health, I ventured to the Bay Area in January 2013. It was at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, that I immersed myself in an enriching environment as a visiting PhD candidate from 2013 to 2014. My PhD thesis, a seminal work focusing on Digital Health, served as a precursor to my continued contributions to the field. Following my studies at UC Berkeley, I founded First Derm in 2014, blending my expertise in orthopedic surgery and tele dermatology. This platform was developed to facilitate accessible dermatological consultations through telemedicine. This endeavor led to the publication of five peer-reviewed scientific papers that further the dialogue on integrating traditional medical practices with digital innovations. My aim remains: to optimize patient care through the synergy of classical medicine and modern technology.    

Research articles by Doctor Alexander Börve


  1. Börve A., and R. Molina-Martinez. “A Pilot Study of a Medical Information Service Using Mobile Phones in Sweden.” Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 15.8 (2009): 421-22. Web.
  2. Börve A., Holst A., Gente-Lidholm A, Molina-Martinez R., and Paoli J. “Use of the mobile phone multimedia messaging service for teledermatology.” Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (2012): 18- 292. Web.
  3. Börve, A., Terstappen K., Sandberg C., and Paoli J. “Mobile Teledermoscopy—there’s an App for That!” Dermatology Practical & Conceptual 3.2 (2013): n. pag. Web.
  4. Börve A, Dahlén Gyllencreutz J, Terstappen K, Johansson Backman E, Aldenbratt A, Danielsson M, Gillstedt M, Sandberg C, Paoli J. “Smartphone Teledermoscopy Referrals: A Novel Process for Improved Triage of Skin Cancer Patients.” Acta Derm Venereol (2014). Web.
  5. Using artificial intelligence on dermatology conditions in Uganda: A case for diversity in training data sets for machine learning. Henry Kamulegeya, Mark Okello, John Mark Bwanika, Davis Musinguzi, William Lubega, Davis Rusoke, Faith Nassiwa, Alexander Börve (in review) doi:
  6. Jakob Kisselgof. "Malignant Melanoma Classification with Deep Learning"  Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health The Royal Institute of Technology. Stockholm 24/01/2019.
  7. Escalé-Besa A, Yélamos O, Vidal-Alaball J, et al. Exploring the potential of artificial intelligence in improving skin lesion diagnosis in primary care. Sci Rep. 2023;13(1):4293. Published 2023 Mar 15. doi:10.1038/s41598-023-31340-1
  8. Escalé-Besa A, Fuster-Casanovas A, Börve A, et al. Using Artificial Intelligence as a Diagnostic Decision Support Tool in Skin Disease: Protocol for an Observational Prospective Cohort Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2022;11(8):e37531. Published 2022 Aug 31. doi:10.2196/37531

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