Dr. Franktien Turkstra completed her PhD thesis in venous thromboembolism in 1998 at the Amsterdam University Medical Center, location Academic Medical Center (AMC). She started her internship Internal Medicine afterwards and specialized as a rheumatologist between 2002 and 2005. During her specialization she cooperated in research in Systemic Lupus in the Amsterdam UMC location Vrije Universiteit. Since 2005 she works as a rheumatologist in Amsterdam, at Reade, center for Rehabilitation and Rheumatology.
Since some years she has a steadily growing cohort of with patients with confirmed and suspected Behçet Syndrome. Research in this cohort is done at the Amsterdam Rheumatology and immunology Center (ARC) in Amsterdam, in Reade. Epidemiological studies are done in cooperation with Dr Yusuf Yazici from New York. More basic immunological studies will be done in the AMC.