Licence in medicine, Oulu (Finland) University, 1977. Doctor of Medicine, Oulu (Finland) University, 1987. Docent in gastroenterology surgery, Oulu (Finland) University, 1992.
General practitioner Siikalatva Health Service Center, 1977-1980. Resident in surgery Oulu University Hospital, 1980-1984, resident in gastroenterology surgery, 1984-1987, gastroenterology surgeon, 1987-1989. Assistant professor Oulu University, 1989-1999, professor, since 1999, professor surgery, since 2001.
Consulting surgeon Oulu University Hospital, since 1989.
Served with Finnish military, 1996. Fellow Finnish Surgical Society (Best Lecture award 1997), Finnish Gastroenterol. Society, Finnish Digestive Surgeons.
Married Pirjo Kaarina Pykko, Julky 28, 1975. Children: Johanna, Janne, Juho.