Op. Dr. Ozan ŞEN
I was born in 1977 in Isparta, as a son of teacher parents. When I was 9 years old, I had to stay in hospital for the treatment of a second-degree burn in my leg, and to shuttle between home and hospital for a long period of time, for medical dressings. During that process, I personally witnessed how the physicians and medical staff at the hospital served with devotion. In those years, I had already decided to become a doctor. I graduated from Isparta Anatolian High School, and began to study medicine at Ankara University School of Medicine in 1995. My purpose for going to medical school was already to become a surgeon. After completing my six-year medical education, I started my specialization in General Surgery at Ankara University again in 2002. After completing my specialization in 2008, I was assigned to Van Regional Training and Research Hospital for my compulsory service. After completing a 2-year compulsory service in a very intense work environment, I resigned and then completed my military service at Ankara Military Hospital. After my military service, I had the opportunity of working with Prof. Dr. Savas Kocak, one of the leading experts in breast and thyroid surgery in Turkey, who was also my teacher at the medical school. Afterward, I began to work in Mugla-Milas Private Izan Hospital, so as to be close to my family living in Bodrum/Gulluk.
I have always been interested in laparoscopic surgery from the first years of my assistantship, and I tried to improve myself accordingly. In 2013, I met bariatric surgery as a result of receiving a a telephone call from Prof. Dr. Ahmet Turkcapar, who was also my teacher at the medical school. After leaving the hospital, where I used to work, I came to Istanbul. I worked for 5 years in Istanbul Bariatrics clinic founded jointly by Professor Dr. Ahmet Turkcapar and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Yerdel. During this period, I gained great experience in the fields of bariatric surgery, advanced laparoscopic techniques, and anti-reflux surgery. In 2015, I had the opportunity of working with Dr. Mitchell Roslin (world-renowned in the field of bariatric surgery) at New York Lenox Hill Hospital, 2 times at certain intervals. Together with Prof. Turkcapar, I attended a robotic surgery training course given by Prof. Dr. Eren Berber at Cleveland Clinic (the United States) in 2017, and I received a certificate in this field. I also had the opportunity to work as an observer with Thomas Ragula, and participate in bariatric surgery operations performed by him at Cleveland Clinic.
During this 5-year period, I attended many congresses at home and abroad, in the field of bariatric surgery, and had the opportunity of presenting our works at these congresses.
Our articles have been published in many journals, in the field of bariatric surgery and anti-reflux surgery. In March 2018, I resigned from my job at Istanbul Bariatrics. I still keep working with the same excitement and enthusiasm as the first day in the field of bariatric surgery, together with Prof. Dr. Ahmet Turkcapar at our newly established clinic.
Since my childhood, my biggest passions have been deep blueness, free-diving, and spearfishing. I am married and have a good command of English.