Teppo Järvinen

Professor, Head

Role in FICEBO: Head

Favorite part of your job?
Working with amazingly motivated, driven, and ambitious people who have manage to remain selfless and are loyal to truth, social-justice, and the common good.

Why did you decide to enter your field?
For inexplicable reasons, I have wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon since I was six.  Following in the footsteps of my Dad who was an orthopedic surgeon treating Olympic Athletes.  More recently, Bob Johnson (Univ. of Vermont, USA) provided an outstanding role model for the profession, back in 1986-7 when my family spent a year in Vermont during my Dad’s sabattical.

Who/What inspires you?
Nature’s beauty inspires me, as does the loyalty of friends.  I also find the unselfishness those who work for the common good for its own sake particularly inspiring.

The most interesting article you’ve read recently?
Overcoming overuse: the way forward is not standing still—an essay by Steven Woloshin and Lisa M Schwartz. BMJ 2018

Your favorite book and why?
Selling Sickness by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels, perhaps not for its artistry but for it being an important catalyst that led me pursue evidence-based medicine and develop my skills in critical appraisal.
Unknown Soldier by Väinö Linna.