Prof. Mahir Özmen is one of the highly acknowledged Oncosurgeons of Turkey alongside his academic accomplishments that makes him a recognized international surgeon. He has published over 200 research papers with 4000 citations that carries himself to a very high H-index which is an international measure of academic performance.
He holds many international titles including American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASBMS), Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons Glascow FRCSİ, Fellow of European Board of Surgery FEBS etc. and acts as an international teaching and governing surgeon who trains surgeons from all around the world.
Prof. Özmen speaks about the surgical oncology procedure and he actually divides into two main categories, tumors in the upper GI (gastrointestinal) and tumors in the lower GI due to different surgical approach and techniques. Whatever the type of surgery is, the target of it should be to create a tumor free resection (R0) where surgeon leaves no cells of tumor behind.
If it is R1, it means micro-tumors are left behind where you can’t see the tumor left behind with naked eye and if it is R2 it means you can still see the tumor left behind. In these cases, radio or chemotherapy is required after the initial procedure. So Prof. Mahir Özmen specifies his main goal is curative surgery, that means to do extensive surgery in order to leave no tumor behind.
Prof. Özmen emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary approach and underlines the need for a team of physicians from different disciplines who can discuss the best option for selected cases. He underlines the strength of his center by stating that they have access to laparoscopic, robotic or open surgery and he and his team possesses vast experience to deal with any size or location of tumor.
“Yes, the number of cases of the surgeon who perform the procedure is very important, but it is not everything”
Although he has performed a huge number of cases in oncosurgery, Prof. Mahir Özmen prefers to emphasize the importance of “being complete” rather than being “only a technician”, underlying reading, writing and strengthening the academic side.
“You need Best Surgeon, very well-equipped hospital, a talented and well-educated team of surgery in order to overcome any complications”