Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu was born in Balikesir in 1966. After completing his primary and secondary education in Balikesir, He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 1990. He gained his expertise whilst completing his residency in Neurosurgery at Ankara Numune Hospital in 1997. Due to Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu completing the EANS training courses, in September 1996 he passed the European Board of Neurosurgery written exam. At the University of Toronto, Canada, Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu worked alongside Prof. Dr. Charles Tator, for a period of one year from 1998-1999 as a “research fellow” on “spinal cord injury and regeneration”.

Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu achieved ‘Acibadem Hospital Medical Research Award’ on spinal cord injury in 2000. He achieved the ‘Turkish Neurosurgery Society Dr. Mahir Tevruz Scientific Research Award’, and ‘Award of TUBITAK and the Brain Research Association Wheyt in 2001. He achieved the ‘Turkish Neurosurgery Society Hamit Ziya Gokalp Young Neurosurgeons Research Award’ in 2002. Within the Turkish Neurosurgery Society, he won many other awards, such as ‘Yıldlz Yalçınlar Scientific Research Award’. His academic interests are spinal cord injury, neuroprotection, regeneration and spinal anatomical studies.​

In 2000-2001, Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu took part in the preparation for publication of the Turkish Journal of Neurosurgery. In 2001-2006 worked as an assistant editor of the Turkish Journal of Neurosurgery. He became Head of Committee of Young Neurosurgeons in 2002 for Turkish Neurosurgery Association. He was elected to the Board of the Association of Turkish Neurosurgery Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Group for 2003-2009.

He became an Associate Professor in 2004. He was promoted as Doctor of Science by completing a doctorate (PhD) in 2005, at Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences on Advanced Neurological Sciences. He had been running a Neurosurgery Clinic, and was appointed as Deputy Chief in Ankara Numune Hospital in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed full Professor and Head of Near East University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery in Cyprus. He was elected to be President to the Association of Turkish Neurosurgery Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Board in 2015. He organised many courses and symphosiums under Turkish neurosurgical Society, Marmara University and AO Spine. He was appointed as full Professor at the Marmara University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery in Istanbul, in March 2015. He was appointed to Head of Neurological Institute, Marmara University, Istanbul in 2015. He has been working in Marmara University School of Medicine and Neurological Institute since then.

Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu was born in Balikesir in 1966. After completing his primary and secondary education in Balikesir, He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 1990. He gained his expertise whilst completing his residency in Neurosurgery at Ankara Numune Hospital in 1997. Due to Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu completing the EANS training courses, in September 1996 he passed the European Board of Neurosurgery written exam. At the University of Toronto, Canada, Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu worked alongside Prof. Dr. Charles Tator, for a period of one year from 1998-1999 as a “research fellow” on “spinal cord injury and regeneration”.

Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu achieved ‘Acibadem Hospital Medical Research Award’ on spinal cord injury in 2000. He achieved the ‘Turkish Neurosurgery Society Dr. Mahir Tevruz Scientific Research Award’, and ‘Award of TUBITAK and the Brain Research Association Wheyt in 2001. He achieved the ‘Turkish Neurosurgery Society Hamit Ziya Gokalp Young Neurosurgeons Research Award’ in 2002. Within the Turkish Neurosurgery Society, he won many other awards, such as ‘Yıldlz Yalçınlar Scientific Research Award’. His academic interests are spinal cord injury, neuroprotection, regeneration and spinal anatomical studies.​

In 2000-2001, Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu took part in the preparation for publication of the Turkish Journal of Neurosurgery. In 2001-2006 worked as an assistant editor of the Turkish Journal of Neurosurgery. He became Head of Committee of Young Neurosurgeons in 2002 for Turkish Neurosurgery Association. He was elected to the Board of the Association of Turkish Neurosurgery Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Group for 2003-2009.

He became an Associate Professor in 2004. He was promoted as Doctor of Science by completing a doctorate (PhD) in 2005, at Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences on Advanced Neurological Sciences. He had been running a Neurosurgery Clinic, and was appointed as Deputy Chief in Ankara Numune Hospital in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed full Professor and Head of Near East University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery in Cyprus. He was elected to be President to the Association of Turkish Neurosurgery Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Board in 2015. He organised many courses and symphosiums under Turkish neurosurgical Society, Marmara University and AO Spine. He was appointed as full Professor at the Marmara University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery in Istanbul, in March 2015. He was appointed to Head of Neurological Institute, Marmara University, Istanbul in 2015. He has been working in Marmara University School of Medicine and Neurological Institute since then.

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