Advisory Board on Socio-Medical Affairs

The Advisory Board is charged with the handling of medical issues related to health insurance.

Kela’s Board nominates the Advisory Board for a period of three years. The current term of office is 1 March 2019–28 February 2022.

Chair
Chief Medical Director (acting) Jari Välimäki, Kela (surgery, orthopaedics)
from 1 October 2019 M.D., Ph.D., Specialist in Neurology Janne Leinonen, Kela

Deputy chair and member
Senior Medical Officer, Adjunct Professor Miia Turpeinen, FinCCHTA (clinical pharmacology)

Secretary and member
Senior Medical Advisor Katariina Kallio-Laine, Kela (neurology)

Members Experts

General Secretary, Adjunct Professor Ilona Autti-Rämö, Council for Choices in Health Care in Finland, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (paediatric neurology)

Adjunct Professor Sari Atula, Helsinki University Hospital (neurology)

Director General, Adjunct Professor Markus Henriksson, National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (psychiatry)

Professor Oskari Heikinheimo, Helsinki University Hospital (gynaecology)

Chief Physician, Adjunct Professor Eero Hirvensalo, Helsinki University Hospital (surgery, ortophaedics and traumatology)

Professor Oskari Heikinheimo, Helsinki University Hospital (gynaecology)

Professor Erika Jääskeläinen, University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine (psychiatry)

Professor Risto Huupponen, University of Turku, Institute of Biomedicine (clinical pharmacology)

Professor Satu Lahti, University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry (community dentistry, health care)

Research Physician, MD Hanna-Mari Jauhonen, Fimea (ophthalmology)

Professor Eija Lönnroos, University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine (geriatrics)

Chief Physician, Adjunct Professor Asko Järvinen, Helsinki University Hospital (internal medicine, infectious diseases)

Chief Physician, Professor Mika Mäkelä, Helsinki University Hospital (paediatrics and allergology)

Senior Medical Advisor Helena Kastarinen, Kela (internal medicine, nephrology)

M.D., Ph.D., Specialist in Occupational Health, Eva Helaskoski, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (occupational health care)

Head of Research Team Karoliina Koskenvuo, Kela Research Department

Director Heikki Pärnänen, Finnish Medical Association (general medicine)

Senior Medical Advisor Tanja Laukkala, Kela (psychiatry)

Executive Director Matti Pöyry, Finnish Dental Association (dentistry, orthodontics)

Head of Operational Division, Adjunct Professor Heikki Lukkarinen, Turku University Hospital (paediatrics and adolescent medicine)

Professor Timo Strandberg, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine (internal medicine, geriatrics)

Professor Jukka Meurman, University of Helsinki, Institute of Dentistry (clinical dental care, cariology and endodontics)

Professor Markku Sumanen, Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine (general medicine)

Managing Editor, MD Raija Sipilä, The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim (health care)

Professor Pekka Ylöstalo, University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry (clinical dental care, parodonthology and geriatric dentistry)

Head of Department, Adjunct Professor Tero Soukka, Turku University Hospital, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases (dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery)

 

Professor Liisa Suominen, University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Dentistry (dentistry, health care)

 

Senior Medical Director Kirsi Vainiemi, Kela (occupational health care, general medicine)

Section for Pharmaceutical Affairs               

 

Chair
Adjunct Professor, Senior Medical Officer Miia Turpeinen, FinCCHTA (clinical pharmacology)

 

Secretary       
Senior Medical Advisor Helena Kastarinen, Kela

 
Members  

Professor Risto Huupponen, University of Turku

Research Physician, MD Hanna-Mari Jauhonen, Fimea

Chief Physician, Adjunct Professor Asko Järvinen, Helsinki University Hospital

Senior Medical Advisor Katariina Klintrup, Kela (oncology)

Head of Operational Division, Adjunct Professor Heikki Lukkarinen, Turku University Hospital

Professor Eija Lönnroos, University of Eastern Finland

Coordinator Anne Rönneberg, Kela

Chief Medical Director (acting) Jari Välimäki, Kela

Section for Dentistry

 

Chair
Professor Pekka Ylöstalo, University of Oulu

 

Secretary       
Senior Dental Advisor Sari Helminen, Kela

 
Members  

Professor Satu Lahti, University of Turku

Professor Jukka Meurman, University of Helsinki

Executive Director, DOdont Matti Pöyry, Finnish Dental Association

Head of Department, Adjunct Professor Tero Soukka, University of Turku

Professor Liisa Suominen, University of Eastern Finland