Deniz Bayraktar (Denislav Orlinov) (he/him)

Affiliate Scientist, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, PT, MSc, PhD



  • Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, Turkey


Research Interests

  • Exercise Therapy
  • Physical Activity
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Auto-inflammatory Diseases

Dr. Deniz Bayraktar is a physiotherapist by background and an Associate Professor at Izmir Katip Celebi University in Turkey. He completed his PhD at Dokuz Eylul University in 2017, focusing on the effect of water-based exercises in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. He and his team are currently studying the effects of different exercise approaches in various childhood and adulthood rheumatic diseases. He is also closely collaborating with EULAR as the Official Representative of Turkish Health Professionals, and with the Pediatric Rheumatology European Association (PReS) as the Representative of Health Professionals in Auto-Inflammatory Working Party. Previously a research trainee at Arthritis Research Canada (July 2023 – June 2024) he was appointed as an Affiliate Scientist of the organization in June 2024.