Project Description

T. Oguz Acartürk, MD

Biography

Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology

Dr. T. Oguz Acartürk is a member of the faculty of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center since 2011.  He obtained his medical degree at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.  He then worked as a Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Division of Plastic Surgery and Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemical Engineering on muscle tissue engineering and biomaterials. He completed his surgical internship and plastic surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh.  After graduating in 2004, he served in the Turkish Armed Forces as a Physician Officer at the Gülhane Military Medical Academy.  Upon honorable discharge, he joined the full time Faculty in Çukurova University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Adana, Turkey, where he received an Associate Professorship degree.

In 2007 Dr. Acartürk received the “Young Plastic Surgeon Award” by the European Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (EURAPS). Dr. Acarturk received a prestigious Scholarship to the University of Helsinki, Finland where his main interest was reconstructive microsurgery and reconstruction of congenital ear anomalies (microtia). In 2012, he also became a specialist in Oromaxillofaxial surgery in Turkey.

Dr. Acartürk joined the Department of Plastic Surgery as a reconstructive microsurgeon specialized in head and neck reconstructions in 2011. His areas of interest include microsurgical reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, upper and lower extremity reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, burn reconstruction, reconstruction of the trunk, wound care, lymphedema/lipedema surgery, rhinoplasty and aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Acartürk has won numerous academic awards and written over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, mainly as the primary author, mostly related to microsurgical reconstruction, reconstruction of complex defects, and rhinoplasty, in addition to numerous basic science articles. He is involved in several clinical research studies involving microsurgical outcomes and general reconstruction.  He presented at many prestigious international conferences and universities as invited speaker. He was also appointed as an Associate Professor by the Department of Otolaryngology due to his contributions in the area of head and neck microsurgical reconstruction.

One of his interests is international surgical missions especially to Vietnam, where he Dr. Acartürk performs general microsurgical reconstructions, toe-to-thumb transfers and microtia repair using autologous cartilage.

He is board-certified by the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, as well as by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.