Turkish hospital named after renowned neurosurgeon

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Medical research center in Diyarbakir is named after Yasargil, known as father of microneurosurgery

Medical research center in Diyarbakir is named after Yasargil, known as father of microneurosurgery

ISTANBUL - A training and research hospital in southeastern Diyarbakir province has been named after Diyarbakir-born Dr. Gazi Yasargil, renowned internationally as "Neurosurgery's Man of the Century."

Yasargil, 88, told the Anadolu Agency he was honored by the move.

"It is the first time a hospital was named after me. If my name brings any motivation to doctors in that hospital for creative performance in medicine, I would be so happy," said Yasargil, who is known as "the father of microneurosurgery," a core branch of neurosurgery.

Turkey's Health Ministry earlier granted a request from the Union of Diyarbakir Public Hospitals to change the names of some medical centers in the province.

Head of the union, Ibrahim Uygun, said the purpose was more than a "simple name change."

"We chose this name because we aim to turn this hospital into a science center," he said.

Having worked half a century in Switzerland and two decades in the U.S., Yasargil now teaches at Istanbul's Yeditepe University and continues his work at the school’s hospital. In 1999, he was honored as "Neurosurgery’s Man of the Century" at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.

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