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Orthopaedic surgeon , sports medicine physician

Sakari Yrjo Orava, Finnish orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine physician. Achievements include performing over 20,000 surgeries throughout his career, many involving top athletes including Haile Gebreselassie, Merlene Ottey, Didier Deschamps, Josep Guardiola, Marta Domínguez and David Beckham.

Background

Orava, Sakari Yrjo was born on June 17, 1945 in Kokkola, Finland. Son of Johannes and Hertta (Palomäki) Orava.

Education

Doctor of Medicine, University Oulu, Finland, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oulu, Finland, 1980.

Career

Assistant registrar surgery & orthopaedics University Hospital, Oulu, 1971-1976, clinical teacher, 1979. Assistant chief surgeon K-P Central Hospital, Kokkola, Finland, 1977-1978, 80-85. Chief physician Deaconnes Institute, Oulu, 1986-1989, chief surgeon Helsinki, Finland, 1990-1991, Hospital Meditori, Turku, Finland, 1992-1995.

Chief surgeon, medical director Tohtoritalo 41400, 1996—2000. Chief physician, hospital director Mehilainen Private Hospital & Sports Clinic, 2000—2005, chief sports traumatology & research, since 2005. Consultant, physician Finnish Athletic Amateur Association, Helsinki, 1972—2003.

Tutor, lecturer Finnish Central Sports Organization, Helsinki, 1975—2003. Consultant Runner's Clinic, Rome, since 1986, Green Spring Valley Sports Rehabilitation Center, Baltimore, 1989—1996, Sports Medical Research Institute, Helsinki, since 1990, Clinisport, Turku, 1990—2004, Clinica Valle Giulia, Rome, since 1995, Campolongo Hospital, Salerno, Italy, 1999—2002, Clinica Cemtro, Madrid, since 2001. Senior lecturer University Oulu, since 1984, University Turku, since 1996.

Honorary professor University Murcia, Spain, 2000. Professor University Turku, 2001. Managing director Meditori Ltd., Turku, 1992—1995.

Medical director Hospital Meditori Tohtoritalo, 1992—1999. Hospital director Mehilaincau Clinic, 2000—2005. Served with Finnish Army, 1964-1965.

Achievements

  • Achievements include performing over 20,000 surgeries throughout his career, many involving top athletes including Haile Gebreselassie, Merlene Ottey, Didier Deschamps, Josep Guardiola, Marta Domínguez and David Beckham.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: A Book for Recreational Athletes, 1991. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Chief medical officer Finnish Olympic committee, Helsinki, 1986—2001. Head physician Summer Olympic Games, Seoul, South Korea, 1988, Barcelona, 1992, Atlanta, 1996, Sydney, 2000. Member of Finnish Christian Medical Society (vice-chairman 1991-1998), Finnish Society Sports Medicine 1983-1990, European Society Sports Medicine, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy, International Society Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedics Sports Medicine (member sports medicine board 1999—2002), Scandinavian Association Sports Medicine (board directors 1988-1993), Finnish Medical Association, Finnish Surgical Society, Finnish Orthopaedics Society.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Hunting, literature, drawing, painting.

Connections

Married Aira Mirjam Haapanen, September 1, 1968. Children: Markus, Hanna-Maria.

father:
Johannes Orava

mother:
Hertta (Palomäki) Orava

spouse:
Aira Mirjam Haapanen

children:
Hanna-Maria Orava

Markus Orava