Clinic Spotlight: Plastic Surgery at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital

Read on to find out about the newest hospital in the Memorial Healthcare Group and learn more about two members of their plastic surgery team!

The Hospital

Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital is the 11th hospital project of the Memorial Healthcare Group, a luxury, private hospital brand founded in 2000. The third of their hospitals located in Istanbul, Turkey, Memorial Bahcelievler opened in February 2018, already winning prizes beforehand when it was awarded the “Best Health Structure-Ongoing Project” in 2016 from the Sign of the City Awards. It earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certificate, the highest rating you can receive from the U.S. Green Building Council, for its innovative design and commitment to sustainability.

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Offering the latest advances in medical technology and techniques, Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital hosts researchers and academics from around the world, and has employed some of the top doctors and medical staff in their field. The hospital was designed to maximise daylight exposure not only for energy efficiency but for its positive effect on patients’ welfare along with the use of its decorative art as a healing therapy. Memorial Bahcelievler crafts all aspects so that patients and the relatives that accompany them have the most comfortable, positive experience possible during their time at the hospital.

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Meet the doctors

Dr. Atilla Adnan Eyüboğlu, MD

Specialty: Breast surgeries and liposuction
Operations in 2017: 150

Dr. Eyüboğlu is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Specialist at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Eyüboğlu

What is your experience with international patients?
I have experience with international patients from 30 countries so far over more than 5 years.

What do you love about your job?
The most important reason to love my job is that it is a surgical branch which depends on your imagination and art. You can do everything that your mind is able to.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
They come to me because I inform my patients of every detail of the operation. I am so transparent with my patients. I tell them what I am able to do and not. I keep in touch with my patient. They can ask anything whenever they need and I think I have a good talent at my job.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
I help many patients but the most recent one I remember is a patient with a squamosis cell carcinoma on his lower jaw. Half of his lower jaw was removed due to the cancer and there was a wide defect which required free tissue transfer. I took his fibula bone from his leg and shaped it according to the defect with plate and screws. Then I adapted that prefabricated free fibula flap with microsurgery. I was alone during the harvest and microanastomosis. I did anastomosis of the vessels using a microscope and after the surgery he didn’t have any problems. Now he can speak and eat properly and he is still handsome.


Dr. Atilla Adnan Eyüboğlu, MD was born in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A and started his medical training at Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 2005. He worked as a research assistant and, from there, began specialist training in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery at Başkent University Ankara Hospital. Within this specialization, Dr. Eyüboğlu is an assistant professor at Altınbaş University and his work has been published at the national and international level. He has been a guest speaker at several scientific meetings for plastic and aesthetic surgery, including the Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) 62nd Annual Meeting held in North Carolina, USA; the Turkish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic Surgeons National Congress; and the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS). He continues his professional education by attending training courses to keep up-to-date with the latest advances in his field.

He’s a member of the Turkish Medical Association, the Turkish Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Association, and Turkish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Dr. Eyüboğlu was a Plastic, Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery Specialist at Altınbaş University before moving to Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital upon its opening, where he performs various types of plastic surgery with a speciality in breast surgeries (augmentation, reduction, and lift) and liposuction.

Dr. Mehmet Melih Çiçek, MD

Speciality: Rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty
Operations in 2017: 80

Dr. Çiçek is an Otorhinolaryngology Specialist at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Çiçek

What is your experience with international patients?
I mainly performed rhinoplasty and septoplasty operations on patients coming from abroad.

What do you love about your job?
Nasal surgery is performed for functional and aesthetic aspects. While solving their health problems, I like to make the patients look better visually.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
Nose operations are being done a lot in Turkey and especially in Istanbul. This increases our experience in performing them and directly affects the success. I highly recommend Turkey to international patients interested in rhinoplasty.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
There is not only one example that I can tell. Therefore I am giving general feedback. Both septorhinoplasty and rhinoplasty have functional and aesthetic gains. Therefore, aesthetic changes provide self-confidence, self-esteem and positive feedback from the environment in an emotional way and opening of the nasal airway, snore reduction, mouth-breathing and increased performance in a functional way. Its reflection in daily life is that a woman or man looks better after surgery and he or she does not bother his partner anymore with snoring. We see these two gains in many patients.


Dr. Mehmet Melih Çiçek, MD began his medical training at Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 2003. From 2009 until the present, he’s specialised and continued his training in otorhinolaryngology, addressing diseases, injuries, and aesthetic alterations of the ears, nose, and throat.

His work has been featured in The Journal of Laryngology and Otology as well as the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery and he continues his professional training through his ongoing attendance at numerous courses and conferences, including the Turkish National Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Congress and Istanbul Masterclass Symposium. Before coming to Memorial Bahcelievler, Dr. Çiçek gained his almost decade-long experience at Siirat Baykan District Hospital, Van Bölge Education and Research Hospital and Istanbul Aydin University Florya Medicalpark Hospital. Dr. Çiçek’s speciality is rhinoplasty, septoplasty and septorhinoplasty (commonly called airway surgeries), making him the go-to doctor for these particular cases at Memorial Bahcelievler.

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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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