Siitonen, Simo

Brigadier General (Med.)

Position

Surgeon General of the Finnish Defence Forces

Date and place of birth

27th October 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