Lasse Rämö

MD, Orthopedic surgeon, PhD student

Who are you?

I am a senior consultant in orthopedics and traumatology working in the pelvic and lower extremity unit of Helsinki University Hospital. Besides that, I am a husband and a father of 10 lovely kids.

What is your role in FICEBO?

I am clinical researcher doing my PhD on the FISH study.

Favorite part of your job?

In the clinical work, the favorite part of my job is the to see patients sometimes with more and sometimes with less severe injuries to be able to walk or run again and return to previous activities or work. In scientific work my favorite part is the collaboration with amazingly talented colleagues and learning from them.

Why did you decide to enter your field?

While I was in upper secondary school, I was seduced to orthopedic surgery by an experienced surgeon who brought me with him a few times to Töölö hospital when he was on duty and I got to assist him in several operations. After that I decided I will endeavor to be a doctor.

Who/What inspires you?

I am inspired by wonders of the nature especially when I’m hiking with my kids.

The most interesting article you’ve read this year?

A paper in the BMJ Christmas issue about a use of parachute in preventing major traumatic injuries or death when jumping off from an aircraft. They were not able to show any benefit from parachute use compared to control group without parachute. This article nicely elaborates on generalizability of RCT. They were only able to recruit participants who consented to jump off from a stationary aircraft. You have to understand the limits of external validity of the results of any given trial.