Siitonen, Simo

Brigadier General (Med.)

Position

Surgeon General of the Finnish Defence Forces

Date and place of birth

27.10.1961, Lappeenranta

Family

Spouse Sanna Siitonen, Docent, Doctor of Medicine, three children

Education

  • Matriculation Examination, Sampo Upper Secondary School, Tampere 1980
  • Licentiate of Medicine, University of Tampere 1987
  • Specialist in Clinical Physiology, University of Tampere 1993
  • Specialisation into military medicine 1997
  • International Course on Aeromedical Science, RAF, England 1998
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Kuopio 2000
  • International Course on Aeromedical Science, USAF, USA 2002
  • National Defence Course 2012

Career in the Finnish Defence Forces

  • Physician of the Karelia Air Command 1994 – 1998
  • Researcher physician (Central Military Hospital) 1998 – 2000
  • Chief physician of the Air Force Ward (Central Military Hospital) 2000 – 2003
  • Chief Flight Surgeon of the Air Force 2003 – 2009
  • Military Surgeon General (Defence Command) 2009 – 2010
  • Director of the Centre for Military Medicine 2010 – 2011
  • Surgeon General of the Finnish Defence Forces 2011 –

Promotions

  • Lieutenant (Med.) 1994
  • First Lieutenant (Med.) 1995
  • Captain (Med.) 1997
  • Major (Med.) 2003
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Med.) 2005
  • Colonel (Med.) 4.6.2009
  • Brigadier General (Med.) 6.12.2011

Decorations and awards

  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish