Doctor of Medicine, University Oslo, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oslo, 1979.
Research fellow University Oslo, 1972-1978. Surgical resident Ullevaal University Hospital, Oslo, 1978-1984. Chief resident University Hospital, Tromsö, Norway, 1984-1985, consultant, 1986-1992.
Professor University Tromsö, 1989-1992. Consultant, director experimental cardiac surgery Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, since 1992.
Commander Royal Norwegian Navy, 1978. Member Scandinavian Association Thoracic Surgery (board member since 1992), Scandinavian Society Research Cardiothoracic Surgery (secretary general since 1990), European Association Cardiothoracic Surgery (membership committee since 1995).
Married Guro Ellen Valen, November 20, 1991.