Ilkka Kaartinen trained in Tampere University hospital, Finland, and Helsinki University hospital, Finland. He currently works as a senior consultant of plastic surgery in Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
He did his PhD thesis in Tampere University in 2010 and has authored 25 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and several book chapters.
He was the president-elect of Finnish Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (FAPRAS) 2014-2015, and is the current president of FAPRAS since 2015. He is on the board of Finnish Society of Surgery since 2015.
He is mainly working on many fields of reconstructive microsurgery, especially breast reconstruction and microvascular lymph node transfer, lower extremity, and pelvic floor and genitourinary reconstructions.