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Jyrki Törnwall

Adjunct Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Chief Medical Officer

Jyrki Törnwall, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, treats chin and facial trauma and performs surgery of the mandibular joint as well as surgery related to facial and oral cavity cancer at Helsinki Hospital.

He sees Helsinki Hospital as an answer to clear foreign and domestic demand.

“Patrik Lassus and I have said for years that there is a need for a private hospital in Finland – one capable of performing major facial surgery. The neurosurgeons had been thinking along similar lines. The stream of patients changed in 2013 when the EU took a stand on the patient’s right to choose their place of care,” says Törnwall.

He was originally a dentist but began to train a general practitioner directly after his graduation.

“I thought about becoming a dentist or doctor as early as in high school. In the first or second year of my dental studies I realized that I wanted to learn more and also become a doctor,” he recalls.

After graduating as a physician, Törnwall spent two years as a researcher in La Jolla, California. When he returned to Finland, he started specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH). During 2002–2003, he spent time in England extending his skills to microsurgical treatment of oral and facial cancer. This technique can be used to reconstruct the tongue, lower jaw or upper jaw in connection with extensive cancer surgery.

“Ninety percent of my work is cancer surgery. The challenge of oral cavity cancer is that the patient is always left with functional or esthetic issues to some degree. Microsurgery is challenging but also rewarding; you get to see the patient speak and eat again and return to work after the illness and extensive surgery,” Törnwall says.


Jyrki Törnwall

  • Adjunct Professor; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Specializes in: chin and facial trauma, surgery of the mandibular joint, facial and oral cavity cancer and related surgery, joint prosthesis, facial area trauma
  • Main professional experience: HUCH since 2003; Head of Department since 2006
  • Memberships: Finnish Medical Association; Finnish Dental Association; Association of Maxillofacial Surgery; European Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Finnish Surgical Society; Duodecim



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. 


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