Prof. Dr. Ali Riză Kural M.D.


Ali Rıza Kural, M.D. was born in the Bafra district of Samsun Province in 1951. After completing his primary, secondary, and high school education in Samsun, earned the right to enroll in Medical School of Istanbul University in 1968. He graduated from the medical school and started the specialization training in Urology Department of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in Istanbul University in 1974. Following the completion of his dissertation titled as "The place of lympangiography in Urology", he began his military service in Erzincan Military Hospital. Then he worked nearly 1 year in "Western General Hospital" in Edinburgh (Scotland) and earned the degree of Associate Professor in the same year. During the course of his training in Scotland, he followed training seminars on endoscopic prostate surgery, endoscopic urinary tract stone surgery (percutaneous nephrolithotomy, ureteroscopy) delivered by "Institute of Urology" in London. By 1986, he began to perform the first closed kidney stone surgeries in Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University. In the same period, he started to employ a method of closed surgery called as "TURP" on benign prostatic hyperlasia cases. Since then, he performed more than 3000 TURP operations along with similar number of nephrolithotomy and ureteroscopy procedures successfully.

Ali Rıza Kural, M.D. who became Professor in 1995, carried out the first practice of urologic laparoscopy particularly on cases of kidney and prostate cancer (Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy on July 2002 and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy on May 2003). Since 2005, Dr. Kural, who performed the first prostate cancer operations with da Vinci Robot in Turkey, Eastern Europe and Middle East Region , has been conducting his operations and urology program successfully in Istanbul Center for Robotic Surgery in Gayrettepe Florence Nightingale Hospital which is known to be the only center in Turkey. Dr. Kural, who authored more than 150 articles in national and international journals, has also written chapters and sections again for national and international textbooks. While he continues to contribute to the spreading of the use of endoscopy in Turkey by taking part in courses and seminars given by the Turkish Urology and Endourology Association, he is also invited to the following international meetings that are held every year: ERUS (European Robotic Urological Symposium) and WRUS (World Robotic Urological Symposium).

Prof. Kural, who was an academician in Cerrahpasa Medical School of Istanbul University and worked as the Head of Urology Department in Yasar Hospital and Yesilkoy International Hospital between the years of 1991-1997. Prof. Kural was the Head of Urology Departments in Florence Nightingale Hospitals from 1997 until November 2010. Currently, Dr. Kural is the Head of Robotic Surgery & Urology Department of Acibadem Maslak Hospital, Istanbul.