Valdis Zatlers was born on March 22, 1955.
1979 - graduated from the Institute of Medicine (later - Riga Stradinš University), Riga, Latvian SSR as an orthopedic surgeon;
1985 - became a chief of the traumatology unit at Riga Hospital Nr. 2;
1994 - director of the Latvian Traumatology and Orthopaedics Hospital;
1998 - chief of the board of the the Latvian Traumatology and Orthopaedics Hospital;
1988-1989 - a bord member of the Popular Front of Latvia;
2007 - became a President of Latvia as an independent candidate;
2011 - initiated, using his constitutional power as of the President, a referendum on the dissolution of the current Saeima (Parliament of Latvia). Later this year was defeated by Greens and Farmers' Union Andris Berzins in presidential elections.
July 2011 - founded the Reform Party, Latvia