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Kidney Transplantation by Murat Tuncer

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Educated and worked in Akdeniz University Organ Transplant Center which was the leading Kidney Transplant Center of not only Turkey but also for all of Turkey’s neighbor countries till 2008, Prof. Murat Tuner is probably the Nephrologist who has the highest number of patients who underwent Kidney Transplant and still followed by himself.

His team managed the first international cross-over transplant in the world in 2013 and the first simultaneous coronary by-pass & kidney transplant in 2012. Before that they were performing the “firsts” of Turkey such as first HLA incompatible kidney transplant in 2000, first blood type incompatible transplant in 2005 and first successful pancreas + kidney transplant in 2007.

Now as the Head of 3 of Medicana Hospital Group’s Organ Transplant Centers in İstanbul, he coordinates 3 Nephrologists, 6 General Surgeons and 7 other specialist physicians. The experience that covers over 4.500 transplants makes him one of the leading addresses of Turkey.

Prof. Murat Tuncer highlights the 1st year survival rate of Turkey as 99% which makes Turkey the best of Europe in success rates for living donor although the number of cases is considerably higher than those countries. In his centers ABO and HLA-incompatible transplants can regularly be performed.

Cross-over transplant became an ordinary practice for all centers but when it comes to multiple transplants which is also called “Domino Transplant”, only few centers can perform these. Prof. Tuncer and his team managed the first Seven-Way Donor Kidney Transplant in 2018. That was the highest kidney swap to date for Europe and Turkey where 7 operations were performed simultaneously with the participation of 23 physicians.

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