Subsequent advanced training at Amsterdam University Medical Centre provided him with a deep and broad grasp on all aspects of plastic, reconstructive, aesthetic and hand surgery. Prof Marco Ritt (Amsterdam) was his supervisor and mentor and is a world expert on hand and wrist surgery. Dr Henri Winters was one of his supervisors and is one of the top reconstructive surgeons in Europe.
Profs Stan Monstrey, Philip Blondeel, Koen Van Landuyt and Moustapha Hamdi guided him through the last three months of his training at their department in Gent, Belgium and inspired his love of autologous breast reconstruction and perforator flap surgery. Profs Luc De Smet and Ilse Degreef of Leuven University, Belgium taught him the finesses of hand and wrist surgery during a six-month fellowship at the conclusion of his advanced training. Following that, during a two-month observership in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the legendary Prof Ivo Pitanguy taught him that the essence of a successful career lies in embracing those around you and always striving for a better outcome. His team demonstrated world-class excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face and body and taught Dr Larsen many of the finesses of cosmetic surgery of the face and body.
In 2012 Prof Hamdi brought Dr Larsen on the Brussels University Hospital staff and taught him many valuable skills in perforator flap surgery and breast surgery; concurrently he worked in Amsterdam at Prof Ritt’s private day surgery for hand and wrist surgery, The Hand Clinic. In 2013 Mikko established a breast and head and neck reconstructive surgery service in The Hague, The Netherlands. While there, he remained engaged in research and teaching, including supervising a PhD project on advanced technology in wound healing, and was a member of the regional medical research ethics board.
In 2016, in search of new horizons Dr Larsen emigrated to Australia. He completed the year-long Royal Adelaide Hospital microsurgery fellowship programme and in 2017 settled in Launceston. He was awarded Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) by Examination in December 2018 and now works as a staff specialist at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH), and in private practice in Launceston and St Helens. The attraction to a regional centre such as Launceston, is the ability to offer a very broad palette of services to best serve the local community within the region. This is also reflected in the traineeship offered to RACS advanced trainees by Dr Larsen and his colleagues, and the international year-long fellowship programme initiated there by him in collaboration with the LGH Department of Surgery. He is the Supervisor of Training for the RACS accredited advanced training program in Launceston and is also the Fellowship Supervisor for the Launceston Regional Plastic Surgery Fellowship programme.