I am an orthopaedic surgeon. I graduated from Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine in 2001 and started as a resident in Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology. In 2006, I became an orthopedic specialist by writing my thesis on “Kinematic and Kinetic Comparisons of Extensive Surgical Release and Ponseti Method for Treatment.” I worked at Taksim Training and Research Hospital between 2006-2012 as a specialist. In 2007, I worked at Cologne University, Faculty of Medicine as a clinical observer for one month. I passed the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EBOT) exam in 2010. After 2012, I started working as a specialist at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology. I took a course and finally achieved a certificate of completion to enable me to perform animal experiments. Later, I conducted a laboratory experiment on rats about the biomechanical properties of fractured callus that formed on the infectious area. In 2016, I attended a travelling fellowship program in South America on Pediatric Orthopedics with a scholarship granted by the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society. I became an Associate Professor in 2017.
I established the Bilgili Fiksator Company with the support of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) 1512 Project and designed a locked semicircular external fixator, and applied for a patent. Later, I also had different patent applications for implants. In 2017, I received Pediatric Orthopedics and Gait Analysis training from Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreher at Heidelberg Faculty of Medicine. After that, I coordinated a project called “Improving Ethical and Social Aspects in HTA methods for Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation: Cerebral Palsy Case Study” applied for HORIZON 2020 (the largest European Union Research and Innovation project programme). Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreher was involved this work. In the project, children with physical disabilities were intended to play with their healthy peers and at the same time receive physiotherapy in a smart playground. In such a way, the play rights of these children would be protected, their adaptation to society would be at young ages due to the fact that they had played in the same playground with their healthy peers, and finally they would receive physiotherapy treatments without even realizing it was happening. The children would spend their precious childhood in specific designed smart playgrounds as it should be, not in hospitals for physiotherapy. However, the project was not accepted.
In 2017, I started performing mutual projects with engineers and physiotherapists. After 2018, I became chief of the gait analysis lab in our clinic. Especially in this area, I have conducted many projects, theses, and research studies with physiotherapists. With Boğaziçi University Department of Biomedical Engineering, we performed biomechanical studies on patients with cerebral palsy during surgery and compared the surgical data with the data we obtained from gait analysis. We have just applied for two projects under the coordination of Boğaziçi University Department of Biomedical Engineering: 1. A TÜBİTAK project called “3D Printing of Custom Designed Carbon Nanotube (CNT)/Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) Implants,” 2. An infrastructure project about biosensors and neuroprosthesis presented to the Ministry of Development.
In order to form a strong, reliable scientist roster for the project, with the cooperation of Boğaziçi University Department of Biomedical Engineering, I have prepared a Master’s Degree Program with a thesis entitled “Orthopaedic and Biomedical Neurotechnology”. I am the founder of the program and the program will take place at Istanbul Faculty of Medicine Orthopedics and Traumatology Department, which is connected to Istanbul University Health Sciences Institute. This master’s degree program was inspired by MIT-Harvard’s common PhD program. The aim is to raise new scientists with both an engineering and health sciences vision to design new products. Other projects in which I was involved were the “Anmicrobic Scar Covering (BAP Project),” and “Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Bank” (BAP Project).