Education and Position:
• July 6, 1925 Born in Lice, Diyarbakır, Turkey

• 1931-1943 Attended school and college in Ankara, Turkey

• Jan. 1944-Feb. 1945 Medical School,  Friedrich  Schiller University, Jena, Germany (2 semesters)

• May 1945–May. 1949 Medical School, University of Basel, Switzerland (10 semesters) 

• 09/01/49 – 12/30/49 Studied Brain Anatomy,  Department of Anatomy, University of Basel    Switzerland

• March 2, 1950 Doctor of Medicine degree, University of Basel, Switzerland
• 03/15/50 – 05/15/51 Resident in Psychiatry, Münsingen, Bern, Switzerland
• 05/16/51 – 12/30/51 Resident in Internal Medicine, Interlaken, Switzerland 

• 01/01/52 – 11/15/52 Resident in General Surgery, Interlaken, Switzerland  

• 01/04/53 – 12/14/57 Resident in Neurosurgery, University Hospital,  Zürich,  Switzerland (Chairman, Professor Hugo  Krayenbühl)

• 12/15/57 – 04/16/60 Chief Resident in Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland  

• 1960 – 1965 Private Docent (University lecturer):  (first step  in academic career at European Universities) 

• 04/16/65 – 04/15/73 Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland 

• 10/25/65 – 01/04/67 Laboratory research in microvascular surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, USA ( Chairman, Professor R.M.P. Donaghy)  

• 1967 – 1992 Clinical application of microtechniques,  Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland 

• 04/16/73–01/01/1993 Ordinarius Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland 

• 01/01/93 Honorary Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland, Professor Emeritus, Department  of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland  

• 10/1994 – 2013 Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA 

• July 2013 Honorary  Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock USA 

• November 2013 Professor of Neurosurgery, Yeditepe University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Academic Career

• Private Docent 1960-1965

• Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery 1965-1973

•Ordinarius Professor and Chairman, Department  of Neurosurgery,1973 – 1992  University Hospital,  Zürich

• President  Swiss Society of Neurosurgeons 1974-1976

• Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 1994 – 2013

• Professor of Neurosurgery, Yeditepe University School of Medicine November  2013 - Present

 

Honorary Medical Doctor and Professor: 

• İbni Sina University, Ankara Turkey 1990

• İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa  Medical Faculty İstanbul Turkey 1991

• Honorary Professor, University of Zürich Switzerland 1993

• University of Lima Peru 1999

• Hacettepe University, Ankara Turkey 2000

• Honorary Professor, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing China 2001

• Honorary Professor, Fourth Medical University, Xian China 2001

• Honorary Professor Tartu University, Tartu Estonia 2002

• Honorary Professor, 19th May University, Samsun Turkey 2003

• Honorary Professor, Friedrich  Schiller University, Jena Germany 2003

• Honorary Professor ,National Yang – Ming University, Taipei Taiwan 2006

• Honorary Professor, Burdenko Institute, Moscow Russia 2009

• Honorary Professor Emeritus, UAMS, USA 2013

• Ege University, İzmir Turkey, 2014

• Doctor of Neuroscience  Yeditepe University, İstanbul Turkey 2016

 

Honorary Citizen of: 

• Austin, Texas, USA 1975

• Ürgüp, Nevşehir, Turkey 1992

• Rosario, Argentina 1999

• Beypazari, Ankara, Turkey 2003

• Taipei, Taiwan 2008

 

Awards: 

• Alfred Vogt-Award of the Swiss Ophthalmological Society 1957

• Robert Bing Prize of Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences 1968

• Marcel Benoist Science Prize of Swiss Federal Council 1976

• Pioneer Microsurgeon Award, International Microsurgical Society, Sidney, Australia 1981

• Honorary Medal, Universita de Napoli e della Compagna 1988

• Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award, Istanbul, TURKEY 1991

• Medal of Honor World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies 1997

• Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 1998

• Honored as “Neurosurgeon of the Century” by the Brazilian Neurosurgical Society 1998

• Medal of Honor, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies 1999

• Honored as “Man of the Century 1950-2000” by the journal, “Neurosurgery” at the Congress of 1999

Neurological surgeons Annual Meeting

• Fedor Krause Medal, German Society of Neurosurgery 2000

• Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 2000

• “Yaşargil Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery” University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little 2000

Rock, Arkansas (Founded)

• State Medal of Distinguished service Republic of Turkey 2000

• Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences 2000

• International Francesco Durante Award, Italy 2002

• Puusepp Medal, Estonia 2002

• National Sovereignty and Honor Award Grand National Assembly of Turkey, First Recipient 2005

• Independence Medal of the First Order  United Arab Emirates 2007

• Golden Neuron Award, World Academy of  Neurological Surgeons, First recipient 2007

• M. Gazi Yaşargil and Dianne C.H Yaşargil Lecture University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences USA 2008

• 2014 First Yaşargil Lecture, Inauguration of the Clinical Neuroscience Center, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland 

• Tissot Medal, Swiss League Against Epilepsy 2015

• Eurasian Academy, Founding Member, Baku, Azerbaijan 2016

 

Dedications

- Dedicated “Yaşargil” Microneurosurgical Research Laboratories:

o Radcliffe  Infirmary, Oxford, UK.

o Xuan Wu Hospital, Capital University Beijing, China

o University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

 

Honorary Membership: 

• Academia Brasileira de Neurocirurgia 1976

• Society of Neurological Surgeons, USA 1977

•American Heart Association, Dallas, Texas, USA (Honorary Fellow)1979

• Canadian Neurosurgical Society 1981

• Congress of Neurological Surgeons 1986

• Japan Neurosurgical Society 1987

• American Association of Neurological Surgeons 1989

• Swiss Society of Neuroradiology 1989

• Royal Society of Medicine, London, Section of Neurology 1990

• Turkish Neurosurgical Society 1990

• International Skull Base Society (ISBS) 1990

• Swiss Society of Neurosurgery 1993

• Argentine Association of Neurosurgery 1994

• American Society of Neuroradiology 1998

• Turkish Academy of Sciences 1998

• Peruvian  Society of Neurosurgery 1999

• Italian Society of Neurosurgery 2000

• Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society 2002

• Georgia Neurosurgical Society 2004

• Polish Society of Neurosurgeons 2004

• Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association 2006

• Portuguese Neurosurgical Society 2006

• Taiwan Neurosurgical Society 2006

• Hellenic Neurosurgical Society 2008

 

Publications:

A. 13 monographs

1. Die Röntgendiagnostik des Exophthalmus Unilateralis (1957)

2. Vascular Diseases of the Vertebral and Basilar Arteries (1957)

3. The Cerebral Aneurysm (1958)

4. The Vertebral Angiography (1962)

5. Cerebral angiography (German 1965, English 1968)

6. Micro-Vascular Surgery (1967)

7. Microsurgery applied to Neurosurgery (1969)

8. Microneurosurgery Vol. I (1984):  Intracranial Aneurysms

9. Microneurosurgery Vol. II (1984): Intracranial Aneurysms

10. Microneurosurgery Vol. IIIA (1987): AVM of the Brain

11. Microneurosurgery Vol. IIIB (1987): AVM of the Brain

12. Microneurosurgery Vol. IVA (1994): Tumors of the Central Nervous System

13. Microneurosurgery Vol. IVB (1996): Tumors of the Central Nervous System

14. Variations in human telencephalic gyri (in preparation)  

B. 41 contributions to handbooks and monographs

C. More than 275 publications in peer reviewed journals

  

Special Lectures:

• H. Olivecrona Lecture Stockholm/Sweden 1978

• Wilder Penfield Lecture Calgary/Canada 1981

• William Cone Lecture Montreal/Canada 1984

• Hollins Lecture New York/USA 1984

• Journee D’Hommage au J. Bonnal Bruxelles/Belgium 1985

•Congress of Neurological SurgeonsNew Orleans/USA 1986

Honored Guest

• Sixto Obrador Lecture Madrid/Spain 1987

• Stanley Gore Lecture Zermatt/Switzerland 1989

• W. Dandy Lecture Baltimore/USA 1990

• Egas Moniz Lecture Lisbon/Portugal 1990

• RMP Donaghy Lecture New Orleans/USA 1991

• First Charles  Drake Lecture Charlottesville/USA 1993

• European Lecture, E.A.N.S. Kuopio/Finland 1994

• Wilder Penfield Lecture London/Canada 1996

• E.H. Botterell Lecture Toronto/Canada 1997

• William R. Pitts Lecture Charlotte/USA 1998

•Charles Drake Distinguished VisitingLondon/Canada 1999

Professorship Lecture in Neurosurgery

• Gurdjian Lecture Detroit/USA 2000

• George T. Tindall Lecture Atlanta/USA 2000

• Mayfield Lecture Cincinnati/USA 2000

• Greenwood Lecture Galveston/USA 2001

• Bennett-Tarkington Lecture Evanston/USA 2001

• Puussep Lecture Tartu/Estonia 2002

• Theodor Kurze Lecture San Diego/USA 2003

• First Zeiss Lecture Frankfurt/Germany 2004

• Nadine H. and John A. Pracyk Lecture Washington, D.C. 2005

• John A. Kusske Lecture Univ. of California/USA 2005

• Gandhi Lecture Bombay/India 2008

• Swami Dayananda Memorial Lecture Calcutta/India 2008

• Gardner Lecture Cleveland/USA 2008

• Rasmussen Lecture Montreal/Canada 2008

• Matson lecture, Brigham and Womens Hospital Boston, ABD 2010

• First Malik Lecture Detroit/USA 2011

• First Yaşargil Lecture, AANS Denver/USA 2011

• First Yaşargil Lecture, Turkish Neurosurgical Society Antalya, Turkey 2012

• 2014 First Yaşargil Lecture, Inauguration of the Clinical Neuroscience Center, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland 

 

Special lectures  (cont) 

2009 4th Research for Sight Keynote Speaker, Next Generation  Eye surgery, Device and Drug Delivery Symposium Toronto, Canada  2009 

2014 Honored Guest, Days of Science, Southeast Neurosurgical society, Skopje Mecadonia 

2014 Lecture – Opening ceremony  of the Academic Year, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey  

2014 Lecture – Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year Yeditepe University, İstanbul, Turkey  

2014 Turkish World Medical Conference, Turkish Ministry of Health, İstanbul, Turkey 

2014 First Yaşargil Lecture, Inauguration of the Clinical Neuroscience Center, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland  

2014 Opening Lecture – General Assembly of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) 

2015 Pierre Lasjaunias Course in Neuroradiology, European Society of Neuroradiology, İzmir, Turkey 

2015 Lecture – Opening Ceremony, Turkish Society of Anesthesiology and Reanimation Congress Antalya, Turkey 

2016 Lecture – Opening Ceremony, Turkish Society of physiology 

 

Teaching Activities

- Visiting professorship at universities in 5 continents, 4-5 times annually, presenting lectures and video tapes, covering microneurosurgical anatomy and microneurosurgical techniques to young generation of neurosurgeons and medical students, 1970 present 

- Annual lecture at the Chicago Review Course in Chicago,USA 1995-2013

- Teaching and demonstrating neuroanatomy and neurosurgical techniques at annual laboratory courses in San Francisco, Cincinnati, New York,  St. Louis (Missouri) and Little Rock Arkansas, USA 1971-2013

- Demonstration of microneurosurgical procedures in the operating room in 

- Capetown/South Africa  1970

- Boston/USA 1972

- Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla/Spain 1973

- Mexico City/Mexico 1973

- Luzern, Bern and St. Gallen (Switzerland) 1993

- Bonn, Germany 1994

- Ankara and Istanbul/Turkey 2003

- Helsinki/Finland, 2001, 2002, 2003 

- Beijing  and Xian/China, 2001, 2003, and 2008.

- Participating in annual national and international congresses and symposiums 1955 present