Professor Nurullah Akkoç obtained his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency, in Turkey. During his training, he went to the University of Florida in USA as a research fellow in immunology for two years. He then spent additional two years at the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at Erlangen University in Germany as a clinical and research fellow. After his return, he started the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, where he served as its chief till 2017. He is currently in private practice as a rheumatologist in Izmir. He has published over 100 articles, many of them in international journals of high impact. He is the past president of the Rheumatology Society of Turkey and the Rheumatology Federation of Turkey.