Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen graduated from Trondheim University, Norway in 1982 where she also did her anaesthesiology training. She was the first Norwegian female physician to complete her military services which she did in the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Lebanon. She has later worked with war and trauma anaesthesia for the Red Cross in Pakistan, Serbia and more, including several years working for the Norwegian Air Ambulance, Global Medical Support. Her base was Phoenix, AZ and London, UK, for the ten years she was Medical Director for MedAire, Europe, dealing with remote medical services. Her current working place is as full-time clinical anaesthesiologist in Bærum Hospital, Norway.
Her main professional interests and publications are on patient safety, including communication education, health organisation, and global health.
She has been the President of the Norwegian Society of Anaesthesiology, in addition to international boards like the Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, has held several roles, including President of the European Board of Anaesthesiology. At that time, she was the main driver for developing the Helsinki Declaration for Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, which was launched in 2010 and has got global reach. She has served as the Secretary of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and had many roles within the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, including chairing the Education Committee. She was actively involved in the two WFSA workforce studies, mapping all anaesthesia providers in the world. She has given many statements on the role of anaesthesia as part of health solutions in all countries at the WHO World Health Assembly and is currently supporting those countries who are developing national plans in anaesthesia, surgery and obstetrics. Currently, she serves as the WFSA President. She is also one of two non-US members of the board of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Dr Mellin-Olsen has received many international awards, including honorary membership of the ESA, and is a tireless travelling enthusiast for bringing anaesthesiologists together and empower them to improve patient care.