EyeSTAR LASIK's reputation partly stems from our surgeons' experience and involvement: the best surgeons in the field, who will be personally involved in every step of your procedure.

EyeSTAR physicians are some of the most experienced and skilled LASIK surgeons, who have experience dating back to excimer laser serial #001, the first commercially available laser. Unlike other surgeons who perform various types of surgery, our surgeons perform only eye laser refractive procedures. All of our surgeons and medical staff have work experience and/or have completed residencies abroad, in the best universities and medical centers. Many of our surgeons have received refractive surgery fellowships at leading hospitals and medical schools.

Finally, the success of EyeSTAR LASIK's results is dependent on our surgeons' involvement in every step of the EyeSTAR LASIK procedure, under the supervision of our medical director. From answering all of your questions, to your suitability examination, to the actual treatment, rest assured that an experienced ophthalmologist will be taking care of you. No assistants, no opticians.

EyeSTAR Management Team

 

Ismail Gurkan CELIKKOL, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Ismail Gurkan Celikkol was born in Edirne in 1965. Upon graduating from Galatasaray High School, he earned his degree at the Istanbul University Istanbul Medical School, and went on to complete his residency at the Beyoglu Research Hospital.

Dr. Celikkol then went on to the United States, where he worked at Johns Hopkins University as a researcher in the biomedical department. After that, he went to University of California, San Diego, where he was involved as a researcher in numerous studies on the cornea and artificial intelligence systems. During his time in the U.S., Dr. Celikkol also researched refractive surgery and reputed eye laser centers in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Celikkol had a vision of creating a laser center in Turkey dedicated exclusively to laser treatment, utilizing the finest system and latest technology, and holding standards equivalent to or better than centers in the U.S. and the world. In 1999 his vision became a reality, and EyeSTAR LASIK Institute was established, inciting health tourism in Turkey, where 90% of EyeSTAR patients come from abroad.

Dr. Celikkol is reputed internationally as the founder and director of this institute and for numerous other accomplishments. His area of interest is artificial intelligence and he actively uses this technology to diagnose corneal problems.

Chess is among Dr. Celikkol's hobbies, and he holds two chess championship titles of 7th in Europe and 2nd in Turkey. Dr. Celikkol is a MENSA member, fluent in English and French.


Yasemin YUSUFOFF, M.A., General Manager

Greetings from Istanbul!

It is a pleasure to write to you not only as a manager, but also as a patient of EyeSTAR. I came to Istanbul from Tokyo first as an EyeSTAR patient. I had been wearing contacts for 14 years and was interested in LASIK, but couldn't find the right clinic in my native San Diego, New York (New York University, B.A.), or Tokyo (International Christian University, M.A.).

 

I was impressed with EyeSTAR on a few different levels, including the technology, friendly staff, and the generous amount of time that the doctor spent with me, answering all of my questions. EyeSTAR's laser was the fastest and most advanced laser that I had encountered, and a laser that just barely became available in the US, at Harvard Medical School. I felt right at home at EyeSTAR, where the staff and doctors spoke English to me, and knew that I was in good hands after the doctor answered all of my questions thoroughly and patiently. It is a pleasure to be part of the EyeSTAR team and welcome patients like you from all across the globe to our world-class clinic and institute.

 

EyeSTAR Surgeons

 

Ridvan Saygili, M.D., Medical Manager

Dr. Saygili was born in Gaziantep in 1937, and graduated from Istanbul University Medical School in 1967. He worked in the Van Ercis Primary Care facility between 1967 and 1971. His ophthalmology residency was completed in 1975 at SSK Istanbul Hospital and he worked there as chief assistant until his retirement in 1997. Until 2005 he worked at the Kadikoy Kizilay Primary Care facility.

 

Cezmi KAHVECIOGLU, M.D.

He was born in Istanbul on 1959. He graduated from Istanbul English High School on 1978 and Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine on 1985.He studied Ophthalmology at the University of Lyon in France between 1989 -1991. He finished his studies of profession at the Beyoglu Eye Diseases Hospital between 1992 -1994. In 1994 he begun to work as a specialist at Laserex, first laser eyecare center in Istanbul. He was part of the team implementing excimer laser and LASIK surgery for the first time in Turkey. He also prepared the first international publications on this special area. He has been approved as a member of "American Academy of Ophthalmology" the same year and he is also a member of 'Societe Francaise d'Ophtalmologie'.He presented his studies at several national and international congresses.

Ercüment BOZKURT, M.D.

Dr. Bozkurt was born in 1969 in Izmir. After graduating from medical school in Izmir, Dr. Bozkurt went to Belgium to complete his residency from 1995-99 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After returning to Turkey in 2000, he served the community by working at the Turkish Diabetic Association clinics. He has experience working in a few of the busiest hospitals’ eye departments in Istanbul since. Currently, while treating EyeSTAR patients, he also works and teaches in Turkey’s largest public eye hospital. He is an active member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). Being a scuba diving enthusiast himself, his special emphasis is on refractive surgery safety for patients involved in scuba diving and extreme sports.