Graduate, Institute Medical, Riga, 1979. Attended, Yale University.
Orthopedic surgeon Riga Hospital Northern 2, chief traumatology unit, 1985. Director Latvian Traumatology and Orthopedics Hospital, 1994—2007, board chief, 1998—2007. President Republic of Latvia, since 2007.
Board member Popular Front of Latvia, 1988—1989. Member of Latvian Association Orthopaedics and Traumatology (former deputy chief), Latvian Arthroscopy Association (founder).
Married Lilita Zatlere. 3 children.