Turkish Neurosurgery
Yucel Kanpolat, MD (1941–2016)
Ali Savaş1
1Ankara University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.20343-17.0

P rofessor Kanpolat, one of the most prominent neurosurgeons in the field of pain surgery, passed away on September 17th, 2016. Dr. Kanpolat was born in 1941 in Sivas, Turkey. He graduated from Gazi High School, Ankara in 1959. He then attended Ankara University, School of Medicine, and obtained his medical degree in 1965. He worked as a practitioner during his public health service between 1965 and 1968 in Diyarbakir, where he won the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Best Public Health Service Unit Award” with his colleagues in 1966. He became a resident assistant at the Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara University during 1968–1973. The next year, Dr. Kanpolat served as the chief of Haydarpasa Military Hospital’s Neurosurgical Department during his military service between 1974 and 1975 in Istanbul.