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Juha Pohjola

Neurosurgeon, Spinal Surgeon, Doctor

Neurosurgeon Juha Pohjola has been working at HUCH for more than 30 years in the fields of spinal surgery and pain management surgery. His main source of job satisfaction is still very basic: satisfied patients who feel better.

“Spinal surgery is a very rewarding field of surgery because most patients recover well and quickly. The actual surgical operations aren’t usually very difficult, but selecting patients requires experience. More than half of Finns have back problems at some point of their lives, but not many of them need surgery,” Pohjola explains.

“The major challenge is to find the patients who will benefit from surgical treatment. Once you have found the right patient, you must determine the correct surgical method and the correct timing.”

It was a coincidence that Juha Pohjola became a doctor. He wanted to study abroad and found that Switzerland had a quota for Finnish students. His choice of specialization was greatly influenced by his fellow student Juha Hernesniemi, nowadays Professor of Neurosurgery at HUCH.

“Neurosurgery is the most appreciated field of surgery worldwide. I guess that’s what appealed to me. And I felt that it was valuable, challenging work,” he says.

Pohjola’s practical thinking has evolved into a desire to continuously develop his professional skills. At Helsinki Hospital, Pohjola is particularly attracted by the opportunity to provide good patient service.

“Long waiting lists for surgery are frustrating. There are many really ill patients who cannot work or cope at home, and they may have to wait for surgery for six months,” he says.

“The most important thing for me as a doctor is that my work is directly related to the care of patients.”

Juha Pohjola

  • Neurosurgeon
  • Doctor 1975, neurosurgeon 1980. Special competence in pain management 1999.
  • Specializes in: spinal and lumbar spine surgery, pain management surgery, neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, functional neurosurgery, neurosurgical treatment of spasticity
  • Main professional experience: HUCH Department of Neurosurgery since 1980
  • Memberships: Finnish Neurosurgical Society; founding member of the Finnish Society of Spine Surgery



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 

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