Associate professor Outi Kaarela studied, trained and completed her PhD in Oulu University, Oulu Finland. She is a specialist in Plastic surgery and Hand surgery. She has worked as Fellow in Glasgow’s Canniesburn Unit in Scotland. Since 2000 she has been the chief in training plastic surgery in Oulu University Hospital.
Outi Kaarela has been active in harmonizing the Plastic Surgery training programme in Finland with other Finnish Plastic surgery trainers; Professor and Associate Professors. She has been a member of Executive committee and President of the Finnish Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (FAPRAS) association and is still active in several national and international committees related to the associations work.
Outi Kaarela has been a diplomate in various positions of EBOPRAS representing FAPRAS and at present President of The European Union of Medical Specialists Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery section. She has been a member of EURAPS since 2009.
Outi Kaarela is (co-) author of 48 peer reviewed papers. Her main fields of clinical and scientific interests are hand surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery, soft tissue sarcomas and microsurgery in general.