Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoglu graduated from Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 1990. He completed his internship in 6 months in England at Peterborough District Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital, working in Pediatrics, Vascular and General Surgery and Obstetrics Clinics. He started specialization of Neurosurgery in 1992 at Ankara Numune Hospital. He completed EANS training courses in September 1996 which he attended for four years and passed the European Board of Neurosurgery written exam. He became the Brain and Nerve Surgery specialist upon completing his specialization in 1997. In 1996 he went to Montreal Institute of Neurological Sciences for a month with his own means. Visiting Toronto from here, he met Prof. Dr. Charles Tator. He then went to Little Rock, Arkansas where he visited Dr. Glen Pait and Prof. Dr. Gazi Yasargil for a short time there.
He was appointed as the chief intern at the same hospital as soon as he became a specialist. In this hospital where he worked until 2010, he personally did the operations of complex cases such as cranial, spinal, pediatric, trauma and vascular neurosurgery and sometimes managed these operations. He worked in the Department of Anatomy in Ankara University and in research laboratories of Ankara University and Hacettepe University in order for being developed of complex spinal surgery operations.
In 1998-1999, at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Toronto, he studied “spinal cord injury and regeneration” with Prof. Dr. Charles Tator as “research fellow”. There, he conducted studies on spinal cord regeneration and bridging the injured spinal cord with peripheral nerve grafts. While maintaining an intensive clinical practice after returning to Turkey, he started Advanced Neurosciences doctorate at Institute of Medical Sciences at Hacettepe University. During his doctorate, he performed tissue and animal studies on neuroprotection, especially in the spinal cord injury. He received his Ph. D. (doctor of science) in 2005, by completing his thesis.
After that, his surgical cases he did, clinical, cadaveric and laboratory studies, academic meetings, lectures he gave, and conferences became part of his lifelong education.
Acıbadem Hospital Medical Awards: 1st Award: 20 October 2000, İstanbul: “Kaptanoğlu E, Tuncel M, Palaoğlu S, Konan A, Demirpençe E, Kılınç K: Comparison of the effects of melatonin and methylprednisolone in experimental spinal cord injury. J Neurosurgery (spine 1) 93:77-84, 2000”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Dr. Mahir Tevruz Scientific Research Award: Turkish Neurosurgical Association 15th Congress, Belek Antalya, 22-26 May, 2001: “Kaptanoğlu E, Caner HH, Sürücü S, Akbıyık F: Effect of mexiletine on lipid peroxidation and early ultrastructural findings in experimental spinal cord injury. J Neurosurgery (spine 2) 91:200- 204, 1999”
Tübitak ve Brain Research Society: Wyeth Award: 31 October 2001, Antalya : “Kaptanoğlu E, Tuncel M, Palaoğlu S, Konan A, Demirpençe E, Kılınç K: Comparison of the effects of melatonin and methylprednisolone in experimental spinal cord injury. J Neurosurgery (spine 1) 93:77-84, 2000”
The IInd world congress of perinatal medicine for developing countries and VIIIth national perinatology congress. Best Poster. 1-5 Ekim 2002, Antalya: “Solaroğlu A, Solaroğlu İ, Kaptanoğlu E, Dede S, Tan O, Beşkonaklı E, Haberal A, Kılıç K: Erythropoietin prevents ischemia-reperfusion induced oxidative damage in fetal rat brain”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Hamit Ziya Gökalp Young Neurosurgeon Research Award, 2nd, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 17th Congress, Belek-Antalya, 20-24 May, 2003: “Kaptanoğlu E, Palaoğlu S, Surucu S, Hayran M, Beskonaklı E: Ultrastructural scoring of acute spinal cord injury in the rat. J Neurosurg (Spine 1) 97:49-56, 2002”
IX. International Perinatology Congress: 2nd Best Poster, Ankara, 26-30 October 2003: “Solaroğlu İ, Solaroğlu A, Okutan Ö, Kaptanoğlu E, Sürücü SS: Magnesium sulphate exerts neuroprotective effect on germinal neuroepithelium (multipotent neural stem cells) after experimental transient intrauterine ischemia.”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Yıldız Yalçınlar Scientific Research Award, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 18th Congress, Kemer-Antalya, 22-26 May 2004: “Okutan O, Kaptanoğlu E, Solaroğlu I, Beşkonaklı E, Tekdemir I: Determination of the Length of Anteromedial Screw Trajectory by Measuring Interforaminal Distance in the First Sacral Vertebra. Spine. 2004 Aug1; 29(15):1608-1611.”
Turkish Spine Society, 7th International Congress on Spine, April 14-17, 2005 in Antalya-Turkey, Best Poster Award: “Kaptanoğlu E, Okutan O, Solaroğlu I, Beşkonaklı E: Transiliac anterolateral instrumentation of the fifth lumbar vertebra: E new surgical approach”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, 2nd Best Presentation Award, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 19th Congress, Kemer-Antalya, 27-31 May 2005, , , Congress book p: 23, 2005 : “Kaptanoğlu E, Palaoğlu S, Okutan O, Solaroğlu I, Kılınc K: Deneysel omurilik yaralanmasında melatonin ve melatonin reseptörlerinin kaspaz-3 bağımlı apopitoz ve nötrofil infiltrasyonu üzerine etkileri.”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Hamit Ziya Gökalp Young Neurosurgeon Research Award, 2nd, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 20th Congress, Belek-Antalya, 28April-2 May, 2006: “Kaptanoğlu E, Solaroğlu I, Surucu HS, Akbıyık F, Beşkonaklı E: Blockade of sodium channels by phenytoin protects ultrastructure and attenuates lipid peroxidation in experimental spinal cord injury. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 147(4):405-12 (2005)”
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Dr. Mahir Tevruz Research Award, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 24th Congress, 2009: “A neurosurgical view of anatomical evaluation of anterior C1-C2 for safer transoral odontoidectomy” Kağan Tun, Erkan Kaptanoğlu, Berker Cemil, S. Tuna Karahan, Ali Fırat Esmer, Alaiddin Elhan.
Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Dr. Yıldız Yalçınlar Research Award, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 24th Congress, 2009: “Ultrastructural evaluation of pulsed radiofrequency and conventional radiofrequency lesions in rat sciatic nevre” Kağan Tun, Berker Cemil, Ahmet Gürhan Gürçay, Erkan Kaptanoğlu, Mustafa F. Sargon, İbrahim Tekdemir, Ayhan Cömert, Yücel Kanpolat.
13.Turkish Neurosurgical Association, Hamit Ziya Gökalp Young Neurosurgeon Research Award, 3nd, Turkish Neurosurgical Association 26th Congress, 2011: ”An attemp to treat patients who have injured spinal cords with intralesional implantation of concentrated autologous bone marrow cells” Ayhan Attar, Murat Ayten, Mevci Özdemir, Enver Özgencil, Melih Bozkurt, Erkan Kaptanoğlu, Meral Beksaç, Yücel Kanpolat.