Following graduation from Thomasville High School, USA, Prof. Cantürk obtained his medical degree (MD) from Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine in 1988. After completing his general surgery residency at Cumhuriyet University in 1994, he worked as attending surgeon at the same institution for a short while. Thereafter he was assigned as assistant professor at Department of General Surgery at Kocaeli University School of Medicine in 1995. He is currently working at Kocaeli University as professor of surgery and surgical oncology since 2005. After its establishment, Prof. Canturk became a member of faculty in Breast & Endocrine Surgery Unit at Kocaeli University Hospital in 2008. He attended at Strang Cancer Prevention Center and Mamorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a visiting faculty in 1997.

Prof. Canturk is the founder of Kocaeli Breast Disease Society. He was associate general secretary of Turkish Federation of National Breast Societies. He is also one of the founder and steering commitee members of Marmara Asian Region Association for Postgraduate Education on Breast Diseases (MAYMET) and is also a faculty member of SENATURK, as well. He is recently assigned as executive committee member of SouthEast European Chapter of EURAMA. He is currently the head coordinator of Turkish Endocrine Surgery Study Group (TURKECAG) and member of editorial board of several national jounals. Prof. Cantürk wrote many book chapters and articles about breast cancer and its management.