Known as one of the best Neurosurgeons in the world Prof. Türker Kılıç, focused his practice on Tumor Surgery, Vascular Neurosurgery, Glioma Surgery, Meningioma Surgery, Aneurysm, and AVM. He operated on more than 15.000 brain tumor cases in his career.
Professor underlines the variety of conditions classified under Neuro-oncology, beginning from Benign conditions till Malignant brain tumors known as Glioblastoma. He refers proudly to his clinic that treats more than 1.000 brain tumor cases annually. Other than Glioma Surgery, the second surgery type that Prof. Kılıç performs most is Meningiomas and he has reached more than 3.000 case in 25 years. At the third level, comes vestibular Schwannomas and AVMs. By both volume and variety, Prof. Türker Kılıç’s clinic can undoubtfully be listed amongst the excellence centers of Neuro-Oncology in MENA and Europe.
“In every 22 months, knowledge in Neuro-surgery doubles. This changes almost everything, especially in the field of pituitary adenomas”.
Prof. Türker underlines that in this field of treatment they are actively using micro-surgery & endoscopic neurosurgery and adds that Intraoperative MRI (MRI scans during the surgical procedure) helps them determine when to go forward safely and when to stop and leave the rest of the tumor to Gamma Knife. Adding brain mapping & speech mapping onto these, he is able to use the most advance technologies, complementary to each other in his center.
Prof. Türker Kılıç highlights the importance of Turkey as ‘a hub for healthcare services’ because of two main reasons. The first is the quality of education in the field of medicine which historically proved to produce competent physicians. The second reason is technological advancements that Turkey has considering the last 15 years.
As being the Founding Dean of Turkey’s biggest private university Bahçeşehir University, Prof. Türker Kılıç tackles the debate over academic titles & performance, which a frequently asked question; Does high h-index also show high quality of surgical skill? He states even though academic performance does not always reflect good technical skills, it’s better to look first at highly qualified academic physicians to find physicians with superior skills. He holds an h-index of 34 and at the same time performed over 15.000 tumor surgery cases, that makes him a perfect example to prove academic and surgical quality go hand in hand.