Clinic Spotlight: Plastic Surgery at GOP Hospital

Read more about GOP Hospital and one of its leading plastic surgeons!

The Hospital

Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital, or GOP Hospital as it’s colloquially known, was first established in 1992 as one of the first private health facilities in Turkey. In 2014, it became the affiliated hospital of the Medical Faculty of Yeni Yuzyıl University, and is now formally known as Yeni Yüzyıl University Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital. GOP Hospital received ISO 9001 certification (an international quality management system) in 2007 and was classified a Class A Hospital under the Service Quality Standards in Health Industry established by the Ministry of Health. They’ve maintained this title by undergoing yearly assessments. In 2017, the hospital was also accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), a not-for-profit, private accrediting body that assesses whether an institution has met global industry standards.

GOP Hospital was built with earthquake-resistant smart building technology and features a central automation system as well as a patient transport system (medical evacuation helicopter landing pad). Since its opening, the doctors and surgeons of GOP Hospital have performed over 60,000 operations and delivered over 22,000 babies. The hospital has a 350-bed capacity and also provides guest houses for patients’ relatives who do not reside in Istanbul. There is a dedicated International Patients Department, assisting patients from abroad with services ranging from medical documentation for insurance to accommodation and transportation. GOP aims to make all patients “feel at home” as much as possible during their time at the hospital.

Meet the doctors

Dr. S. Cenk Şen, MD

Specialty: Rhinoplasty and tummy tuck
Operations in 2017: 687

Prof. Dr. Şen is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Specialist at GOP Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Şen

What is your experience with international patients?
I have been a surgeon for many years and have been working with overseas patients for over 10 years.

What do you love about your job?
What I love about my job is I love to make a difference in people’s lives. To see a patient come back after surgery feeling confident and on top of the world makes me love my job every day.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
First of all, I work in an amazing university hospital which gives my patients comfort and why do they pick me? I am a people’s doctor. I understand what it means to dream of a better body, better shape, better look, and most of my patients have been thinking and dreaming of their planned surgery for years. It’s just great to be a part of their dreams.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
I must say mummy makeovers make me feel really great inside. I had a mother who had 3 kids. She devoted her life to them as mothers do and she finally had a chance to do something for herself as her kids saved up money for her to have her dream surgery: a tummy tuck, new breasts and to get rid of some fat.

She was so excited and so emotional. After her surgery, she cried with joy and thanked me. She said she could now look in the mirror again without looking away. I am so lucky that I can make that happen for a lady, a mother.


Dr. S. Cenk Şen earned his medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in 1992. In 1999, he completed his residency at Uludağ University, Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Şen went into private practice in 1999 and practiced at Kocaeli University Medical Faculty, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery from 2001 - 2009. He has also worked at Memorial Hospital, Medical Park Hospital and Emsey Hospital before joining Yeni Yüzyıl University Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital in 2016.

Dr. Şen has specific interests in rhinoplasty, aesthetic facial surgery, breast surgery(augmentation, reduction, and lift), microsurgery, hand surgery and maxillofacial surgery and has even developed his own techniques within most of these specialties.

He has published over 40 articles related to his work in publications such as the British Journal of Plastic Surgery and the European Journal of Plastic Surgery and presented this work at scientific meetings, including the Turkish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Winter Symposiums on Rhinoplasty and Body Shaping Methods. Dr. Şen is a member of 7 surgical societies including the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, and the Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Istanbul as a travel destination

GOP Hospital is located on the edge of the Gaziosmanpaşa district, on the European side of Istanbul. A developing working class district, it was named after an Ottoman field marshall, Gazi Osman Pasha (hence GOP), and has been the recent focus of urban transformation projects in Istanbul. Istanbul’s most well-known sites, such as the Bazaar District and Taksim Square, are within easy reach of the district.

About the author

Coree Howard, Content Writer

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. First as a Health Manager and now a content writer, her time on the front lines working with patients helped her understand their needs and what information they want when looking for the best healthcare options.


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