Foti Fotiu was born in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey in 1942. With part of his family, he emigrated first to Brussels, Belgium then to the United States to Albany, New York in 1962. Fotiu served in the United States Army as a medical specialist at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. After an honorable discharge, he attended Hudson Valley Community College and for 25 years her served at the Administrative Director of the Department of Radiology at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, New York. Foti remains active in the Greek Orthodox Church with his wife Theresa, where they reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Fotiu graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York with an AAS degree in Radiology Technology. Following his employment at St. Peter's and Child's Hospitals of Albany, New York, Fotiu completed his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at Siena College in Loudonville, New York and also pursued a Master's Degree with courses in Public Administration at the State University of Albany, New York. For more than 25 years Fotiu was Administrative Director of the Department of Radiology at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, New York. He completed several Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programs during his career, including one of Cornell University through the Johnson School of Management.