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.
Since 1997 when Prof. Türker Kılıç had received his special training for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Karolinska Institute, Sweden where the treatment is invented, he has performed over 12.000 cases. Prof. Kılıç states the fact that Gamma Knife is a “technical advancement complementary to surgery” and the most common diagnosis where he uses this device is ‘metastasis’.
‘Especially in the last 5 to 6 years, Gamma Knife became the first treatment of choice in that field’
He emphasizes that Gamma Knife is not always an independent specific treatment modality but rather a complementary technical advancement in neurosurgery. In pituitary adenoma, sometimes it is used before micro or endoscopic surgery, sometimes used after surgery as complementary. Through this way of combined technique, risks and side effects are decreased and an increased success rate of the surgery is achieved.
“A good Gamma Knife radio surgeon is the one who is good at the microsurgical treatment of this specific condition as well.”
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 the technological advancements that Turkey has considering in the last 15 years.
As is 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 a high h-index also show the 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.