I was born in Niğde, in central Anatolia, and attended high school in Adana. I graduated from Ankara University Medical School, and began my career at Bakırköy Neurological Sciences Hospital, working in the clinic of Zeki Oral MD from 1987 to 1993. During this time, I completed my micro neurosurgery education under Professor M. Gazi Yaşargil at Zurich University.
From 1993 to 2003, I worked at Professor Necmettin Pamir’s Clinic at Marmara University, where I became an associate professor of neurosurgery in 2003. During this time, I gained expertise in neurooncology and vascular neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, working with Professors Donlin M. Long and Daniele Rigamonti.
Between 2004 and 2010, I served as Chief of Clinic at Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, where I led the clinic to become the only accredited clinic in Turkey by EANS. During this period, I also completed my endoscopic skull base training at the University of Pittsburgh.