Untold Story of an Intercontinental Pioneering Neurosurgeon: Vahdettin Turkman, M.D

Turk Neurosurg. 2023;33(4):704-710. doi: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.42977-22.3.


Aim: To present one of neurosurgery's earliest pioneers, Dr. Vahdettin Turkman, who contributed to neurosurgical practice globally from east to west (Iraq, Tukey, England, Germany and the United States) in the early 1960s.

Material and methods: This paper is the result of numerous interviews conducted in Turkey, Iraq, USA, and Canada.

Results: During Dr. Turkman's brief life, he accomplished a great deal that contributed to the global advancement of modern neurosurgery.

Conclusion: Dr. Turkman's contributions and achievements have inspired many neurosurgeons trained at Ankara and Hacettepe Universities, Neurosurgery Departments in Turkey, and around the world. We honor Dr. Turkman and pay tribute to his memory.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgeons*
  • Neurosurgery* / education
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • Universities