Doctor of Medicine, Tampere (Finland) University, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy, Tampere (Finland) University, 1992.
Resident Tampere University Hospital, 1986-1991, resident in cardiothoracic surgery, 1991-1994, cardiothoracic surgeon, 1994-1996, since 1997. Research fellow CT-surgery Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1996-1997.
Second lieutenant Finnish Army, 1985. Member Finnish Society for Thoracic Surgery (secretary 1996-1999, board directors since 1999).
Married Tuija A. Heikkonen, June 9, 1984. Children: Antti, Anni.