Department of Surgery

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The Department of Surgery is responsible for basic education in surgery at the Faculty of Medicine. Teaching is organised in general and gastrointestinal surgery, orthopedics and traumatology, hand surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, urology and physiatry. The Department conducts active research operations and is responsible for postgraduate research education in the field of surgery.

The Department of Surgery operates in facilities provided by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa at the Meilahti, Töölö, Jorvi and Peijas hospitals and the Meilahti Triangle Hospital. The Department conducts seamless cooperation with the hospital district. In addition to treating people living within the actual hospital district, the hospital district carries the nationwide responsibility for treating patients requiring transplantation surgery. Some nationwide responsibilities have also been centralised in the field of plastic surgery, including the treatment of patients with severe burns, cleft lip and palate patients, as well as patients requiring craniofacial surgery and sex reassignment surgery.

The Swedish-language teaching unit at the Department has the nationwide responsibility to provide basic education in Swedish.

Basic education in medicine includes advanced studies, which can be completed at the Department of Surgery in the form of a research project or a study project. Presentations on research projects are given annually. To many students, the commencement of an advanced research project has served as an impetus to writing their doctoral dissertation.

Advanced studies completed as a study project consist of a one-term seminar where various surgical fields are reviewed and examined. Both alternatives include a written piece of scholarly work.

Further information on specialist education can be found on the Faculty of Medicine website.

Trunk training in surgery (link in Finnish only)

The Department of Surgery has a long-standing research tradition with active operations in all specialisations. On average, some 400 medical papers completed at the Department are published each year, most of them in international journals of a high standard.

Most of the research is conducted by research groups in projects aiming for the completion of doctoral dissertations. The groups also accept undergraduate students as members. In addition to research careers, a research education is a solid foundation for physicians and other professionals in the service of both society and the private sector. Basic research is primarily conducted at Biomedicum (the University of Helsinki). Applied clinical research, in turn, is primarily conducted at the university hospital.

If you have a general interest in research, please contact the research coordinator or the research project liaisons directly.

Publications

Postgraduate research education is the responsibility of the programme coordinators of each individual discipline.

To contact other staff, please see the People finder and contacts

Professors
JA
Jari Petri Antero
Arokoski
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
CH
Caj
Haglund
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
TJ
Teppo
Järvinen
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
IK
Ilkka
Kiviranta
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology, Sport and fitness sciences
KL
Karl
Lemström
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Biomedicine, Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
PP
Pauli
Puolakkainen
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
AR
Antti Sakari
Rannikko
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
ET
Erkki
Tukiainen
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
MV
Maarit
Venermo
Professor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology

Teachers
MH
Mikko
Heinänen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Clinical medicine
KH
Kethe
Hermunen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
SH
Sina
Hulkkonen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
AI
Anna
Ikonen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
PK
Pekka
Kejo
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
TK
Tuomas
Kilpeläinen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
NL
Nina
Lindfors
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
Johanna
Louhimo
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology

MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor (Docent)
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Specialist in Abdominal Surgery

MS
Minna
Ståhl
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
RT
Riikka Maaria
Tulamo
Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery

Researchers
KH
Kalevi
Hietaniemi
Research Director
Department of Surgery
ST
Simo Pekka
Taimela
Research Director
Department of Surgery
Field of science Health sciences, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
KT
Kari
Tikkinen
Senior Researcher
Department of Surgery
Field of science Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology

Doctoral Students
TI
Thomas
Ibounig
Doctoral Student
Department of Surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Orthopedics and traumatology
  • Hand surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery
  • General surgery

Head of department

professor Pauli Puolakkainen
pauli.puolakkainen@hus.fi

Deputy head of department

professor Caj Haglund
caj.haglund@helsinki.fi

Programme coordinators

Gastrointestinal surgery
professor Pauli Puolakkainen, pauli.puolakkainen@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Service Centre
Stenbäckinkatu 9 A, PO Box 440
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 1410

Orthopedics and traumatology
professor Ilkka Kiviranta, ilkka.kiviranta@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Töölö Hospital
Topeliuksenkatu 5, PO Box 266
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 1807

Hand surgery
docent Nina Lindfors, nina.c.lindfors@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Töölö Hospital
Topeliuksenkatu 5, PO Box 266
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 0845

Plastic surgery
professor Erkki Tukiainen, erkki.tukiainen@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Töölö Hospital
Topeliuksenkatu 5, PO Box 266
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 1823

HUCS, Heart and Lung Center
professor Karl Lemström, karl.lemstrom@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Meilahti Tower Hospital
Haartmaninkatu 4, PO Box 340
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 2411

Urology
professor Kimmo Taari, kimmo.taari@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Meilahti Tower Hospital
Haartmaninkatu 4, PO Box 340
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 0041

General surgery
professor Caj Haglund, caj.haglund@hus.fi
Clinical Departments, Department of Surgery, Service Centre
Stenbäckinkatu 9A, PO Box 440
000290 HUS
Tel: +358 50 427 1280