The Team

Doctor Aki Hintsa

DR AKI HINTSA 1958-2016

Docteur Aki Hintsa
Docteur Aki Hintsa

Dr Hintsa is a respected Sports Surgeon who has operated many worldclass athletes. His main areas of interest have been arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery.

During his stay in Ethiopia as a missionary doctor in 1990´s Dr Hintsa created the Logical Framework Approach of Human High Performance. The philosophy and concept has been the platform for his later work with many Olympic athletes, top-level racing drivers and business executives in the world.

Dr Hintsa is one of the most respected personalities in the Formula 1 society due to his approach and successful work with the world champions such as Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen and Mika Häkkinen.

Since 2003 Dr Hintsa has worked at the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Racing team and is currently the chief medical officer of the team and Head of McLaren Human High Performance laboratory, which utilizes the Hintsa philosophy.



  • 2003 - Specialist in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1995 - Specialist in General Surgery, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 - Medical Doctor, University of Turku, Finland


  • 2006-present - Chief Medical Officer of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Racing team & Head of McLaren Human High Performance Lab
  • 2003-2006 - Team Physician of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Racing team
  • 2004-2006 - Chief Physician of Mehiläinen Helsinki Hospital, Finland
  • 2001-2006 - Head of Sports Medicine of Mehiläinen
  • 2001-2006 - Chief Medical Officer of the Finnish Olympic Committe & Chief Medical Officer of the Finnish Olympic team
  • 1986-2006 - Consultant Doctor of Finnish Anti-Doping Agency
  • 1993-2004 - Team Physician for Finnish Track and Field National teams
  • 1999-2000 - Chief Physician of Ähtäri District hospital, Finland
  • 1997-1998 - Missionary Doctor in Ethiopia
  • 1996-1997 - Chief Physician of Ähtäri District hospital, Finland
  • 1993-1995 - Acting Senior Consultant in the Clinic of Surgery in the University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1992         - Missionary Doctor in Ethiopia
  • 1985-1991 - Assistant Doctor and Acting Senior Consultant Doctor in General Surgery in Seinäjoki Central Hospital, Finland
  • 1984-1991 - Team Physician for various Finnish sports clubs
  • 1983         - Assistant Doctor in the Clinic of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care in Seinäjoki Central Hospital, Finland
  • 1977-1983 - Assistant in the Clinic of Physiology and Sports in the University of Turku, Finland


  • Finnish - Native
  • English - C2 (Proficiency)
  • Swedish - C1 (Advanced)
  • German - B2 (Upper Intermediate)
  • French - A1 (Elementary)


Interests: Sports, History