In the course of  his career,  Prof  Gurkan,  has personally performed over 1,900 kidney transplants from   cadaveric and live donors.   He  has  also successfully completed numerous pancreas and   intestinal transplants. In addition to my transplant work, I have also performed over 3,000  surgical procedures, primarily gastrointestinal oncologic surgeries, including over 60  laparoscopic surgeries for hiatal hernia and morbid obesity.


  • Recruited by hospital to establish the first organ transplant clinic in Turkey outside of a university hospital
  • Recruited by hospital to establish the first private organ transplant clinic in Izmir
  • Performed first laparoscopic kidney procedure from a live donor in Turkey
  • Established first kidney exchange transplant program in Turkey
  • Performed the first small bowel transplant in Turkey
  • Elected as the president of the Aegean Surgical Society.
  • Lead team in making this clinic the second highest volume kidney transplant center in

Turkey, performing over 300 kidney transplants per year


Staff Surgeon and Professor of General Surgery and Transplants

Okan University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey Feb 2017–present

  • Recruited by hospital to start a kidney transplant clinic

Started surgery program on Morbid Obesity and Metabolic Surgery for the hospital.

  • Performed oncological surgical procedures


Medical Doctor: Ege University Medical School 1975 – 1981

Masters Degree in Health Management: Okan University, Istanbul Turkey 2010 – 2012


Post Doctoral Fellow

Cardiovascular Clinic, Center of Experimental Research, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sep. 1981 – March 1983

General Surgery Residency

Ege University Medical School, General Surgery Department, Izmir, Turkey

Nov.1983 – April 1989

Visiting Surgeon:

Ege University Medical School, Organ Transplant Research and Application Center, Izmir

Turkey Jan 1993 – April 1993

Visiting Surgeon

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Organ Transplant Center Boston, MA

May 1993 – June 1993


ECFMG Certificate: April 1982

VQE (Visa Qualification Examination): June 1982

Turkish Scientific Research Foundation- grant received: May 1994

Turkish Department of Health- Excellence Award for Renal Transplant: 1997 and 1999

Renal and Dialysis Patients Association- Excellence Award: 1997

Izmir Medical Society- Outstanding Doctor Award: 1998

Turkish Organ Transplant Society- Top Researcher Award: 2002


Turkish Medical Doctors Union

Turkish National Surgical Society

American College of Surgeons

Aegean Surgical Society

Turkish Organ Transplant Institutions Association

European Dialysis and Transplant Association

Turkish Society of Nephrology