Ilkka Helenius

Biography:

Professor Ilkka Helenius, MD, is the chief of pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis surgery at Turku University Hospital in Turku. He is the first professor of pediatric orthopedics and traumatology in Finland. He leads the multicenter studies of the Finnish Pediatric Orthopedic Study Group which focuses on scoliosis surgery, musculoskeletal tumors, and treatment of pediatric fractures. Professor Helenius has pioneered new techniques for scoliosis surgery in Finland and Nordic Countries such as pedicle screw technique, magnetically controlled growing rods, and tethering for idiopathic scoliosis. His research has led to improved practices in blood loss control and pain management in scoliosis surgery worldwide. Professor Helenius has frequently been invited as a speaker and to perform early onset scoliosis surgery in the Northern Europe. In 2017, he worked as a visiting professor and consultant orthopaedic spine surgeon at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, Denmark. Professor Helenius has resulted into over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles, several supervised PhDs, and improved care practices in paediatric orthopaedic surgery. He has 6750 total citations and H-index is 45.