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Department of otolaryngology

Prof. Dr. Sami Katircioglu

About the department

The department of otolaryngology at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul offers a full range of medical services for patients with ear, throat, nose, paranasal sinuses, vocal cords disorders and diseases of the pharynx and larynx. Patient's health is in the safe hands of highly qualified doctors with colossal clinical experience and professional achievements. In the department, all therapeutic procedures are carried out following the highest medical, ethical and academic standards. ENT department team have more than a hundred scientific publications published in national and international journals, especially in the most prestigious journals in the world. Patients applying to the department receive emergency, outpatient and inpatient care. For accurate and high-quality diagnostics, the department is equipped with modern systems of laryngoscopy, otoscopy, rhinoscopy, audiometry and impedancemetry. The department's medical team constantly strives to solve the otolaryngological problem with the most gentle treatment methods. Radical surgery becomes an option only if all other types of treatment do not give satisfactory results and do not improve the patient's condition.

The department focuses on treating benign and malignant head and neck tumours. Doctors are also proud of the outstanding results in the field of cochlear implantation. This therapy method is the most effective and safe for treating adults and children with severe hearing loss and deafness. The department has a Sleep Disorders Center specialising in diagnosing and treating snoring and sleep apnea. ENT surgeons offer endoscopic and microscopic surgical options to treat breathing difficulties, recurring infections, hearing loss, and other pathological conditions.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Otitis, otosclerosis
  • Hearing loss 
  • Deafness
  • Noise in ears
  • Congenital anomalies of the ear in children
  • Rhinitis, sinusitis, sinusitis
  • Polyps and cysts of the nose and paranasal sinuses
  • Deviated septum
  • Neoplasms of the nose and paranasal sinuses
  • Pharyngitis, laryngitis
  • Abscesses
  • Stenosis of the larynx
  • Paralysis of the vocal cords
  • Dizziness and balance disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, snoring


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination
  • Biochemical tests 
  • Otoscopic examination 
  • Laryngoscopy (use a small device to look into the throat and larynx)
  • Whispered speech test 
  • Audiometry exam (tests ability to hear sounds)
  • Tympanometry (tests how well the eardrum moves)
  • Auditory brain stem response (ABR) testing 
  • Middle ear endoscopy (reveals minor anomalies around the incudostapedial joint)
  • Digital X-ray or computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 


  • Drug therapy, antibacterial therapy 
  • Cochlear implants 
  • Deviated nasal septum (septoplasty)
  • Tonsillectomies 
  • Intratympanic injection
  • Front nasal tamponage 
  • Surgical foreign body removal 
  • Sinus drainage 
  • Removal of tumours in the upper respiratory areas 
  • Reconstructive surgeries 
  • Cryotherapy
  • Other treatment procedures
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Doctor profile


  • 1995 Internship in Otolaryngology (middle ear surgery), Alfred Krupp Hospital, Germany
  • 1993 Training in Aesthetic Facial Surgery, McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic, USA
  • 1990 Internship in Otolaryngology (middle ear surgery), Portmann Hospital, France
  • 1986 - 1990 Specialized training in Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1978 - 1984 Study of Human Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at the Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey


  • Since 2007 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1998 - 2007 Lecturer in the Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1986 - 1998 Otolaryngologist, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1984 - 1986 Otolaryngologist, Gunoymak Health Center, Bitlis, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Turkish Society of Otolaryngology
  • European Rhinologic Society
  • Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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