Education and innovation are vital for better and sustainable health care
Education and innovation are vital for better and sustainable health care
Education and innovation are vital for better and sustainable health care
Education and innovation are vital for better and sustainable health care

History & Achievements

On 12 June 2010, European Academy of Senology (EAoS), European Institute of Oncology (EIO), German Social Security Company AOK, University of Essen, German International Medical Centers (G-IMC) and SENATURK (formerly known as "Turkish Oncoplastic Attempt") signed an official "Letter of Intent" in Duesseldorf under the guarantorate of Turkish General Consulate of Germany. With the authorization of this "Letter of Intent", training health professionals, congress organizations, exchange of medical staff among all parties, training Turkish surgeons with hands-on-surgery in Germany and Italy were agreed. SENATURK is organized to serve Turkey, Balkans, Middle East, North Africa, Caucasians and Caspian Region. All of its missions are planned to be carried to Middle East and North Africa with the collaboration via Euro-Arab School of Oncology (EASO) and Asia via European-Asian Society of Breast Diseases (EURAMA). The utmost objective of SENATURK projects are to establish accredited high-quality cancer units and excellence centers for breast health care, train and certify health professionals and disseminate the philosophy of quality assurance, data acquisition, benchmarking in regional health systems which will be the natural evolving procedure for globalisation process in training and health care provision.


June 12, 2010, Dusseldorf, Germany

In order to give a start to new idea, "Project SENA", the basis of SENATURK, was presented and approved by all parties. Project SENA was initiated with 4 goals: a. training surgeons, b. training breast nurses, c. educating public for fight against breast cancer and d. establishing accredited and certified breast centers. To cover all goals, SENATURK –Senoloji Akademisi (Senology Academy)- was established in November 2010 in Istanbul by Dr. Cem Yilmaz and Prof. Bahadir M. Güllüoglu. Missions of SENATURK were presented to Turkish breast cancer professionals by Dr. Cem YILMAZ on 3 December 2010 in Antalya. After the wide approval of the missions, the constitution was builded. Until the end of 2011, overall 16 departments were established with 41 Turkish and 21 international academic members from all over the world.

In 15 January 2011, SENATURK Summit for "Academic Collaboration for Breast Care; The European Perspective" was organized with the presence EAoS Secretary of Faculty Dr. Dirk Claus from Germany, Dr. Peter Kern from University of Essen and SENATURK's Turkish faculty members in Istanbul.


January 15, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

After SENATURK, EURAMA was established with the presence of Prof. Umberto Veronesi , Dr. Mahdi Rezai and many other faculty from all over Asia and Europe on 14 April 2011 in Istanbul. Prof. Bahadir M. Güllüoglu, chairman of SENATURK, was elected as one of the executive committee members of EURAMA. During this meeting, negotiations between SENATURK, EAoS, IEO and St. Gallen Oncology have commenced and it was decided to finalize the procedure and announce the collaborative union of these parties and institutions during Düsseldorf Breast Cancer Congress in 7 June 2012 in Duesseldorf.

In order to propagate the missions of SENATURK, Dr. Cem Yilmaz, secretary of SENATURK Faculty, was invited to Annual Maritime Breast Cancer Congress which was held in Crete, Greece in May 2011. During the congress a special session for SENATURK was allocated and missions and roadmap of SENATURK were all welcome by European colleagues. As a result, to improve the relations next Maritime Congress was agreed to be organized in Turkey by both parties.

Again SENATURK organized courses and meetings in 2011 to train academic faculty and increase awareness of health professionals. On 22 October 2011, a course on "How to Write Scientific Papers" was held under the auspices of SENATURK and MAYMET (Marmara Asian Side Association of Postgraduate Education on Breast Diseases) in which Prof. Emin KANSU, also a member of SENATURK faculty, chaired the event. Another SENATURK Meeting "Physicians' Value and Overall Quality in Breast Care" was organized at Marmara University Hospital in 2 November 2011 which attracted many colleagues from oncology, surgery, radiology and pathology. SENATURK also started to publish its official on-line international journal "Breast Case" in 2011. Prof. Blake Cady from USA and Dr. Mahdi Rezai from Germany accepted to be the honorary editors and Assoc. Prof. Tamer Akca and Prof. Bahadir M Gulluoglu became the active co-editors-in-chief of the official journal.

SENATURK established "Breast School/Meme Okulu" with the collaboration of Universal Hospital Group and Istanbul Sisli Municipality in late 2011. With this public awareness project, more than 1000 women at Istanbul Sisli region were and still being trained for breast cancer and breast self-examination.

Since its establishment less than a year, SENATURK was commonly acknowledged. So far, media agency "AjansPress" had an agreement with SENATURK and started to serve medical news about breast cancer to the public and health-related institutions and industry.

In parallel to another mission of Project SENA, SENATURK signed a "Letter-of-Intent" with "SAP" which is globally the most known software business program developer and its partner in Turkey, "D-CAT Technologies". This letter confirmed that all parties will combine their efforts to develop programs for tumor registry and productivity in health organizations. Also, a well known Turkish medical web-based electronic project developer PLEKSUS started to give support to SENATURK's well known missions in areas such as developing its electronic learning infrastructure. Apart from these, SENATURK had the licensure for developing electronic media products with Apple Inc., USA. As well, for accrediation of breast units and cancer centers, SENATURK received the official support of DKG – German Cancer Society and Onkozert – Cancer Quality Management Systems in 2011.

Again in late 2011, SENATURK and EURAMA SouthEast Europe Chapter had an agreement to work together at the region and organize social and academic projects in Istanbul as the active capital. Therefore, 4 SENATURK faculty members were assigned as the executive committee members of EURAMA SouthEast Europe Chapter in November 2011.

SENATURK became a partner of MAYMET and ESO (European School of Oncology, Italy) to organize joint meetings for annual symposia in 2011.

SENATURK became the official partner of Duesseldorf Breast Cancer Conference in 2012.

In 2012, SENATURK commenced a-14 week course on Breast Nurse Certification Programme with the partnership of Marmara University Continuous Education Center, Istanbul. Since then, this course is held biannually as an advanced training programme for breast nurses. The course is open only to 8 nurses for every term. EAoS officially approves the diploma given by Marmara University which is acknowledged by Turkish Ministry of Health.

SENATURK started its first international hands-on training project with Royal College of Surgeons of London in 2013. In June 2013, Istanbul Reconstructive Breast Cancer Surgery (IREBS) Workshop was held as a joint project of SENATURK and RCS-London. Since then the workshop is being organized annually. EAoS and Marmara University School of Medicine became new partners of IREBS workshop.

In 2014, SENATURK signed a letter of intent with SURGITATE (Istanbul, Turkey) for R&D in producing synthetic training materials for breast surgery.

SENATURK became the course partner of International Breast Ultrasound Course (IBUS) in 2014. IBUS courses were organized in Istanbul by SENATURK in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, SENATURK became the official partner and supporting academy of Mastology Association of Northern and Southern Mediterranean (MANOSMED) and organized its programmed course in December 2018 in Istanbul.

SENATURK is one of the founding partner of International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference (BREASTANBUL) since its first event in 2014.

In 2014, SENATURK founded The Society of Innovation for Quality Improvement in Health Care (SAKID) as one of its partners. Next, SAKID and SENATURK established USKAF (National Health Quality Forum) in 2015 along with Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Health Sciences University and Kocaeli University. Since then, annual USKAF symposia were held to promote quality awareness in health care. USKAF drew its pathway on Health 4.0 initiatives and took part as one of the stakeholders in platforms such as Digital Health, Health Innovations and AI in Health Care Turkey.

SENATURK organizes and helds “Molecular Oncology Symposium on Breast Cancer” biannually since 2014 with partnerships of Acibadem and Marmara Universities in Istanbul.

Mediterranean Multidisciplinary Oncology Forum (MMOF) and SENATURK mutually agreed to work together to run clinical and translational trials in 2014.

In 2015, SENATURK signed a joint research agreement with University of Antwerp (UZA), Belgium to promote collaboration between two institutions. This agreement provides a research fellowship post on breast cancer diagnosis & treatment at UZA clinics & labs. SENATURK and UZA covers the cost of this fellowship equally.

SENATURK organized joint sessions as a partner with Senologic International Society (SIS) and EAoS at World Congress of SIS in Warsaw in 2016.

SENATURK became the offical partner of Romanian Society of Breast Surgery and Oncology and its annual congress since 2016.

In 2017, SENATURK started its comprehensive “Breast Masterclass” fellowship programme for international surgeons.

SENATURK started an official partnership with Hellenic Society of Breast Surgery (EXEM) in 2018 and held joint sessions during Annual National EXEM Congress in Athens in 2019.

SENATURK Senologic Ultrasound (SENUS) course was started in Istanbul in 2019. This is a 2-day hands-on course focusing on both diagnostic and interventional procedures such as cryoablation, radio frequency ablation, microwave ablation, HIFU and breast lesion biopsy system-related procedures.

In 2019, SENATURK expanded its executive committee to 10 members. Profs. Hasan Karanlık, Atakan Sezer, Sibel Ozkan Gurdal & Ali Ilker Filiz are assigned as new officers. New assignment changes were made within the EC. Dr. Cem Yilmaz became Chief Operating Officer (CEO). Prof. N Zafer Canturk became Chief Academic Officer (CAO). Prof. Abut Kebudi became the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prof. S Ata Guler became Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prof. Bahadir M. Gulluoglu remained as the Running President of the Academy, also Prof. Ahmet Erkek stayed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

SENATURK became one of the official partners of Central and Eastern European Association of Breast Cancer Surgical Consortium (CEEBCSC) in 2020.

Apart from mentioned ones, Turkish Society of Breast Surgery, European Society of Surgical Oncology, Hong Kong Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Indian Assoociation of Breast Surgeons, Chinese Breast Oncology Society and Egyptian Society of Surgical Oncology are among supporting societies of SENATURK.