Dr. Şengül C. ÖZDEK

August 2018


I was born in 1971 in Turkey. I have started my medical education in Hacettepe University Medical Faculty in 1987 and graduated with the seventh degree of that term in 1994. I have started to work as a resident in November 1994 in Gazi University and graduated as an ophthalmologist after completing my thesis named “Examination of the retinal nerve fiber layer thickness with the Nerve Fiber Analyzer” and passing the specialty examination with success in April 1999.

I had a short course of study with Dr. Hans Lemij on examination of retinal nerve fiber layer with the Nerve Fiber Analyzer in Rotterdam Eye Hospital (The Netherlands) during my residency period in October 1997.

I work in Gazi University Medical Faculty (GUMF) Ophthalmology Department, Retina division as an instructor between September 1999 and April 2003 and as an Assistant Professor between 2003-2005. My primary interest is on retinal diseases and vitreoretinal surgery. I studied in Retina division of Miami University Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as an observer under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Harry Flynn for 3 months in 2004 summer. I have passed the examination to become an Associate Professor in November 2005. I was appointed to a professorship and I am one of the retinal consultants in GUMF Ophthalmology Department retina clinic as a Professor since then. I have been to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan as a clinical observer in pediatric retina clinic under the supervision of Dr. Trese ve Capone in April 2010. Pediatric Retinal diseases and ROP has become my primary specialty after that.

I passed the ICO examinations in 2005 and Turkish Ophthalmology Board examination in 2006. I was awarded with the “Aysun Küçükel Young Researcher Medical Prize” in 2009. I was selected to give SOE conference in 2013 by Turkish Ophthalmological Society. I have joined to the European Board of Ophthalmology Examinations as an examiner between 2015 and 2017 years and became FEBO in 2017. I have beeen awarded with the “EVRS Ambassador Award” by European Vitreoretinal Society in 2017 and with “Honour Award” by American Society of Retina Specialists in 2018. 

I have more than 100 articles published in international journals and 100 articles published in national journals. These studies have been cited more than 650 times by several papers in SCI. I presented more than 90 papers in international, >170 papers in national meetings. I have been invited as a speaker to more than 60 international, and 80 national meetings. I have been one of the surgeons in many live surgery courses or symposiums. I have written chapters of some national and international (6) book chapters.

I am a member of the Turkish Ophthalmological Society (TOS), European Retina Society, European Vitreoretinal Society (EVRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Surgeons and an active member of TOS Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery subsocieties. I have been also elected as secretary of EVRS Board and member of Turkish Vitreoretinal Surgery subsociety board.

I am married for 22 years and have 2 children. I can speak English well.