He was born on 17 – June – 1959 in İzmir. He attended primary school at İzmir Ziya Gökalp Primary School between 1965-1970, secondary school at İzmir Hacı Şakir Eczacıbaşı Secondary School between 1970-1973, and high school at İzmir Atatürk High School between 1973-1976. After completing his education at Ege University Faculty of Medicine between 1976-1982, he graduated on 14-July-1982 and received the title of Medical Doctor. He completed his compulsory service in Diyarbakır in 1982-1986. During this period (between 1983-1985), he served as a Reserve Officer in the Presidential Guard Regiment. He worked as a specialization student in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Ege University Faculty of Medicine between May 1986 and July 1991, and received the title of Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist in July 1991. Between July 1991 and January 1992, he worked as a Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Ege University Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed as an assistant professor in January 1992 and worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Ege University Faculty of Medicine until October 1994. He received the title of Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University on October 20, 1994. He was appointed as Associate Professor on 14 March 1995. He was promoted to Professor in 2000. He is fluent in English.