Clinic Spotlight: Weight Loss Surgery at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital

Read below about one of the bariatric surgeons at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital, Memorial Healthcare Group's newest addition!

The Hospital

Part of the Memorial Healthcare Group, a luxury, private hospital brand founded in 2000, Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital was opened in February 2018 as their 11th hospital project. The hospital was constructed with the whole patient experience in mind as well as its environmental impact. It’s already won the “Best Health Structure-Ongoing Project” in 2016 from the Sign of the City Awards and 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.

Memorial WL Photo Grid

Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital employs some of the top doctors and medical staff in their fields and welcomes researchers and academics from around the world. The hospital uses the latest advances in medical technology and techniques, but also utilizes its environmentally friendly design to not only impact their energy efficiency but patients’ and visitors’ physical and mental well-being through the use of exposure to daylight and decorative art. This attention to detail makes for a more positive, comfortable experience for patients of Memorial Bahcelievler.

Memorial in numbers

Meet the doctor

Dr. Murat Çağ, Assoc. Prof.

Specialty: Bariatric surgery Operations in 2017: 463

Dr. Çağ is an Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Surgery Specialist at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Çağ

What is your experience with international patients?
Since 1998, I am a resident gastrointestinal-transplant surgeon at Strasbourg Unıversity Hospital in France, which is ranked 4th in the top University Hospitals in France for the 5th consecutive year and has a long tradition of serving international patients.

What do you love about your job?
To have happy, satisfied patients following my “tailor-made” surgical treatments and feedback of these successful results.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
I’m a well-trained, experienced, certified French surgeon who has many European diplomas. Apart from French, I also have a very good level of English and Italian languages. Therefore I can help international patients with compassion and empathy.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
As an obesity surgeon, I change every day a mother's, a father's, a worker's, a teacher's quality of life by reducing diabetes complications or heart diseases complications. As a transplant surgeon, I save the life of my patients.


Dr. Murat Çağ was born in Istanbul, Turkey and received his foundational medical training along with his training in General Surgery from Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty. For the past 20 years, he’s been a transplant specialist and a resident gastrointestinal surgeon at Strasbourg University Hospital and Le Foret Obesity Polyclinic in France. He’s joined Memorial Bahcelievler in its opening year of 2018 as an Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Specialist.

Dr. Çağ has published over 30 scientific articles and papers in publications such as the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery and has also authored a chapter in a Turkish medical textbook (Acute and Chronic Woundcare). The European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery and the American Transplantation Congress are just two out of the several medical congresses where he’s presented his work and research. He’s also a member of multiple medical associations such as the Turkish Medical Association, French Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association (SOFFCOMM), and the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Çağ is certified in gastrointestinal laparoscopic surgery, microsurgery, and robotic surgery. Within the field of bariatric surgery, his specialites include the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric balloon.

Istanbul as a travel destination

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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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