Orthopedic surgeon
Muscle and tendon surgery

Name and title: Sakari Orava, MD, PhD, Professor, Chief of sports trauma and research

Special areas of expertise: Orthopaedic Surgeon, muscle and tendon surgery

Additional expertise: Special expertise in tendon and muscle surgery, arthroscopy, stress fractures, overuse injuries

Quote: “Doctor approaches all patients in the same way.”

Education and work history:

  • Medical degree, 1972
  • Specialist in General Surgery, 1977
  • PhD, 1980
  • Specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 1980
  • Specialist in Sports Medicine, 1986
  • Assoc. Prof. / Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Traumatology: University of Oulu, 1984, University of Turku 1995
  • Professor, 2001
  • Honorary Professor, University of Murcia, Spain, 2000
  • Specialisation service, University Hospital, Oulu, 1972–1976, 1979
  • Doctor, Oulu Deaconess Institute Sports Clinic, 1972–1977, 1979, 1986–1990
  • Assoc. Chief Surgeon, Keski-Pohjanmaa Central Hospital, Kokkola, 1977–1978, 1980–1985
  • Chief Physician, Oulu Deaconess Institute, 1986–1989
  • Chief Surgeon, Helsinki Deaconess Institute, 1990–1991
  • Chief Surgeon, Hospital Director, Meditori, Turku, 1992–1995
  • CEO, Meditori, 1993–1995
  • Chief Surgeon, Hospital Director, Tohtoritalo Hospital, Turku 1996–2000
  • Chief Surgeon, Chief of Sports Trauma and Research, Hospital Director, Mehiläinen Hospital, Turku, January 2001–January 2011
  • Consultant Orthopeaedic Surgeon, Chief of Sports Trauma and Research, Mehiläinen NEO Hospital, Turku, February 2011–2018
  • Orthopaedic Consultant 2019–

Patients include: numerous Finnish and foreign Track and Field Athletes, Olympic medallists, World and European Championship medallist, other top level athletes

Procedures per year: 350

Contact with sports clubs: Consultant for the Finnish Olympic Committee, Track and Field Society, Serie A Italy, La Liga Spain, English Premier League


  • Finnish Medical Association
  • Finnish Society of Sports Sciences
  • Finnish Orthopaedic Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFFORT)
  • International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)