Graduated from the 2nd Tartu Miina Härma secondary school and Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu (with honours).
Defended candidate’s thesis at the 1st Moscow Medical Institute in 1988, obtained Master’s of Public Health degree at University of Pittsburgh, PA (1991), and Doctors of Medical Sciences degree from the University of Tartu (1994).
Has given plenary presentations at several international conferences. Has received research support from Estonia and abroad.
Have coordinated World Health Organization (WHO) and European Union’s diabetes projects in Estonia.
Has supervised several residents, doctoral thesis and compilation of monograph. Has worked as assistant, docent and visiting professor in at Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu. Topics of scientific work are mostly related to immunology and epidemiology of endocrine diseases.
He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers published in international journals and editions.
Has had professional training in USA (1990–1992) and Germany (1995).
Has served as the member of the board of Tartu University Clinics (1995–1998), head of the Hospital of Endocrinology (1993–1999) and as the head of the department of endocrinology (2000–2002), Tartu University Clinics.
Has been advisor on endocrinology of the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Estonian Republic (1994–2000) and chairman of the Estonian Endocrine Society (1992-1998).