Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Erkurt
Prof. dr. Who is Mehmet Ali Erkurt?
I opened my eyes to the world in Konya in 1974.
I graduated from Çukurova Faculty of Medicine in 1997,
following my ideals from a young age like any young person.
When I completed my residency in internal medicine at İnönü University Faculty of Medicine,
where I am currently working, the idea of specializing in hematology really motivated me.
I became a hematology specialist in 2006, associate professor in 2011 and professor in 2016,
respectively. I continue to work with pleasure,
especially in the field of Bone Marrow Transplantation,
by closely following the current developments in the medical world in
order to apply the most appropriate treatment to my patients.
My current responsibilities include TÖTM Bone Marrow Transplant Directorate,
Tissue Typing Laboratory and Apheresis Unit.
Hematology department is a branch of science that deals with many cancer
diseases such as blood cancers (Leukemias), Lymph cancers (Lymphomas),
Bone marrow failure syndromes (MDS) and Myeloproliferative diseases.
Apart from these cancer diseases, follow-up and treatment of many diseases such as
bleeding and coagulation disorders, anemia and bone marrow laziness are
carried out by our department. Today, although chemotherapy is the main
treatment option in the treatment of Leukemia, Lymphoma, MDS
and Myeloproliferative diseases, bone marrow transplantation
is required in most of these patients to completely remove the disease from the body
(curative treatment). As is known, various bone marrow transplants are performed,
including autologous, allogeneic, haploidentic and unrelated. Each of these transplants
has its own success and risks. The patient’s age, disease and availability
of appropriate marrow play a role in the preference of these transplants by hematologists.
These patients, who have been treated and followed up in our center,
are evaluated separately and the need for transplantation, if transplantation is to be made,
which type of transplantation will be made is determined by the bone marrow
transplant council within the legislation of the Ministry of Health. İnönü University Faculty
of Medicine Turgut Özal Medical Center completed the structuring of the Bone Marrow
Transplantation Center within itself and received a license from the Ministry
of Health in 2010 and started bone marrow transplantation. Autologous,
allogeneic, haploidentic and unrelated bone marrow transplants are successfully
performed in our bone marrow transplant center.
The last 2 years, our clinic between universities and public hospitals in Turkey ranks first,
in 2014 2 haploidentical, 27 allogeneic, and a total of 67 bone marrow
transplant was performed including 38 autologous. In 2015, unrelated bone marrow
transplantation started to be performed in our center. 2 unrelated transplants were
made in June 2015. A bone marrow transplant was performed by us in this center by
bringing a suitable marrow from Germany to one of these patients and from America to
the other. In 2015, a total of 67 patients received stem cell transplantation.
Bone marrow transplantation was performed in a total of 74 patients in 2016,
99 in 2017, 129 in 2018, and 222 in 2019. After the license was obtained in our center,
a total of more than 500 patients have been transplanted with bone marrow so far.
Our mortality rates associated with bone marrow transplantation are in American
and European standards. In our center, I am Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali ERKURT, Prof.Dr.
İrfan KUKU, Prof.Dr. Emin KAYA and Do. Dr. Along with 4 faculty members including
İlhami Berber, 1 specialist doctor, therapeutic apheresis technical supervisor,
bone marrow transplant coordinator, 9 nurses and 2 staff staff work.
There are currently 12 patient beds in our center. With the Oncology hospital to be completed
within 1 year, the number of bone marrow transplant beds will increase to 24.
Our hospital has sufficient equipment and personnel for all kinds of bone marrow
transplantation. Our center will start to serve bone marrow transplant patients who will
come from neighboring countries as health tourism this year. Inonu University
Turgut Ozal Medical Center, Adult bone marrow transplant center in the field of
bone marrow transplantation is one of the leading centers in the field of health
tourism in Turkey and will continue to be ambitious.