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Department of thoracic surgery

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yaman
thoracic surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic surgery at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the chest, except the heart, large vessels and mammary glands in women. Surgeons provide a full range of minimally invasive procedures, including thoracic video surgery and robotic technology. The robotic surgery technology uses a high-resolution camera with 3D magnification to observe the operating area. The surgeon sits at the console, which broadcasts the movements of the surgeon's hand in real-time. As a result, patients receive several benefits in terms of better cosmetic and functional outcomes, less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stay. All operating rooms of the department have modern intraoperative monitoring systems and the necessary surgical equipment. In addition, surgeons, together with nurses, are on duty around the clock in the hospital to be able to provide medical care in emergencies.

The department's medical team deals with treating chronic diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, hernia of the oesophagus, reflux disease, and injuries to the lungs, trachea and mediastinum. In addition, the department's surgeons pay special attention to the early diagnosis of oncological diseases of the chest cavity, more accurate determination of the stage of cancer and the prediction of recurrent tumour diseases of the chest organs. In the department, doctors offer disease screening using modern multislice CT and magnetic resonance imaging devices.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Bullous lung disease
  • Oesophageal carcinoma
  • Achalasia of the oesophagus
  • Zenker diverticulum
  • Hiatal hernia diaphragm
  • Reflux disease
  • Empyema
  • Pleural effusion
  • Diseases of the trachea and respiratory tract
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Chest wall cancer


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination (auscultation)
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Oesophageal endoscopy 
  • Diagnostic thoracoscopy (access to the thoracic cavity for evaluation of intrathoracic pathology) 
  • Bronchoscopy (a procedure a doctor uses to look inside the lungs)
  • Pleural, mediastinal and pulmonary biopsy 


  • Airway reconstruction
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
  • Chest reconstruction
  • Collis-Belsey fundoplication
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Pectus excavatum surgery
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Robotic surgery
  • Tracheal stenting
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Doctor profile


  • 1996 - 1996 Professor
  • 1987 Associate professor
  • 1976 - 1982 Chest Diseases Specialization Training, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 1968 - 1974 Medical Training, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey


  • 2019 Chest Diseases Specialist, Memorial Sisli Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2013 - 2019 Head of Chest Diseases Department, Chest Diseases Specialist, Kolan Hospital,  İstanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 - 2013 Head of Chest Diseases Department, Chest Diseases Specialist, University Hospitals Group, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 1990 - 1990 Visiting Professor, Paris University Rothschild Hospital, Paris, France  
  • 1982 - 2011 Lecturer, Laboratory Director in the Department of Bronchoscopy, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Istanbul Medical Chamber
  • President of Turkish Respiratory Research Association
  • 2nd President of Lung Cancer Association
  • Turkish Oncology Association
  • Turkish Associations Against Tuberculosis
  • National Allergy and Clinic Immunology Association
  • Endoscopy Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians 
  • American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • European Respiratory Society
  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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