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Leif Bäck

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Associate Professor

"I decided to join Helsinki Hospital at the request of my friend Patrik Lassus. I was drawn by the hospital's unique operating model and the chance to work with a community of trusted colleagues."

Bäck's journey to becoming a medical professional was a series of chance events. As often in life, luck played a part in the outcome.

"I was interested in working with people, and since school was plain sailing I thought medical school might be the place for me. So, together with my friend, I decided to apply and got accepted," Bäck recalls.

His experience during his time as a medical student eventually led Bäck to specialize in ENT; as an intern he ended up in the ENT department, where he felt at home.

"I like working in ENT because it's such a diverse specialty. When I started, the most challenging area in ENT for me was head and neck surgery, which I managed to gain experience of before I even graduated. This field has offered me plenty of challenges. My job requires commitment, and it is often quite demanding, too. On the other hand, this is exactly why I still find my job so engaging," Bäck says.

The demanding job still rewards Bäck year after year, and staying motivated is easy thanks to continuous training and personal development.

"Although it might sound like a cliché, as a surgeon you're motivated because you see the results of your work immediately. At the same time, I need to make sure I develop my skills for the benefit of my patients."


Leif Bäck

  • Associate Professor; Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist
  • Specializes in: demanding head and neck surgery (e.g. tumors), sleep apnea and snoring
  • Career highlights: Consultant at HUCS Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases since 2000
  • Memberships: Finnish Association of Otolaryngologists; Scandinavian Society of Head and Neck Oncology; International Sleep Surgery Society



Helsinki Hospital is located on Bulevardi, and it is easy to reach by public transport. From the center of Helsinki, trams 6 and 3 stop on Bulevardi. Get off on Bulevardi at the Fredrikinkatu stop, which is right in front of the hospital. Buses 14 and 18 arrive nearby, on Albertinkatu. Get off at the Iso Roobertinkatu stop. If you are arriving by taxi, the main entrance is located on Bulevardi.


If you are arriving by car, you can park on Bulevardi, Fredrikinkatu, Annankatu, or in the vicinity. Parking is subject to a fee. The closest parking area is Autopark Bulevardi. The address for GPS navigators is: Bulevardi 23–27, Helsinki. There are also pay-to-park car parks in the vicinity, for example Q-Park Iso Erottaja, Yrjönkatu 8. 


Address: Bulevardi 22, 00120 Helsinki 

Phone: 09 417 00100

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