Project Description

Murat Oncel, M.D. FASRS

Professor of Ophthalmology

Istinye Istanbul University

Ulus Liv Hospital

Director of Vitreoretinal Surgery


Past Chairman and Director of Yeditepe University

Ophthalmology Department

Founder and Past Director of Yeditepe University  Eye Hospital


Past Professor of Ophthalmology

Founder of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Department

Istanbul Univerisity, Cerrahpaşa Medical School


He completed his MD from Istanbul University Istanbul Medical School and his vitreoeretinal  fellowship from LSU Eye Center, New Orleans, U.S.A (with Prof. Dr. G. Peyman). Short term stay at Mayo Clinic(Dr. Dennis Robertson, Dr. Helmut Buettner), Cleveland Clinic(Dr. N. Zakov). After completing the fellowship program, Dr. Oncel was the first surgeon who performed vitrectomy in İstanbul, Turkey. He has performed over 30.000 vitrectomy operations for last 33 years and described the most advanced vitreoretinal surgical techniques for the first time in Turkey.

He has recieved numerous awards including; the most prestigious medical award in Turkey in 1989 ‘ Ezcacıbası Medical Award’, Honor award at the 2003 American Society of Retina Specialists(ASRS) (Formerly Vitreous Society), New York, U.S.A.,  Rhett Buckler Award(Recieved twice in 2004 and 2005)(Best Video Award) at the 2004 American Society of Retina Specialists Meeting, San Diego U.S.A.and again in 2005 Montreal, U.S.A., Senior Honor Award  ASRS Meeting Cannes France September, 2006;  Best Video Award, European Vitreoretinal Society(EVRS) Meeting  June 2005 Stocholm Sweden, Best Video Award MediteRetina Club Meeting March 2005 Cortino Italy, Best Video Award Italian Retina Meeting March 2005 Ravenna Italy. Video award Greek vitreoretinal Society Meeting Jan 2007 Athens, Greece., “Best of the Best” award September 2007 Ravenna Italy Reinal Detachment and Trauma  Meeting, Turkish Ophthalmolgy Society 2003 Meeting Best Video Award 3’rd place, and 2007 Meeting Best Video Award 1’st place. “Best of the Best Award” Rhett Buckler Award from American Society of Retina Specialists 2018, “Best of the Best Award” from European Vitreoretinal Society 2018. “International Ophthalmologist Education Award” from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at 2008. Gold Medal and Endowment Lecture Award India 2023.

Co-editor, Retina Today e-journal; reviewer of national and international journals, country delegate for the EVRS. He is on the “International Advisory Panel” of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and also on the past “Education Committee” of the European Society of Retina Specialists(Euretina). Elected Co-Apted Board Member of the European Society of Retina Specialists(Euretina) in 2009. Reviwer of many national and international ophthalmic journals. Invited speaker Organizer and co-founder of the First Mediterranean Retina Meeting 2004, and the Second Mediterranean Retina Meeting Antalya 2006 and the Third meeting in Istanbul June 13-15, 2008, Turkey, co-organizer of the EVRS meeting in Istanbul 2004.

He has presented papers and posters at national and international levels.Invited guest speaker and keynote lecturer in many countries. He is the first member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Vitreous Society(American Society of Retina Specialists) and European Vitreoretinal Society from Turkey. He is also a member of many national and international societies. Association for Research in Vision(ARVO), American Society of Retina Specialist(ASRS)(formerly Vitreous Society), European Vitreoretinal Society(EVRS), European Society of Retina Specialists(Euretina), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Internatinal Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Jules Gonin Club(candidate), International Society for Imaging in the Eye, Black Sea Cataract and Refractive Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO), Turkish American Ophthalmology Society, Turkish Ophthalmology Society. Former Professor of Ophthalmology Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical School;

Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmolgy,  Former Director of Vitreoretinal Service, Yeditepe University, Medical School(Istanbul) and founder and Former Medical Director of Yeditepe Eye Hospital. Presently at Istanbul İstinye University and Ulus Liv Hospital, chief of vitreoretinal surgery, operating and teaching. Elected as a Fellow of American Society of Retina Specialists.

Born in Canton. Ohio, USA, raised in Ohio and Michigan, USA and Istanbul, Turkey.



                 Surgical Experience:

  • Vitrectomy and retinal detachment(over 30.000 cases)
  • Diabetic retinopathy and laser photocoagulation
  • Age related macular degeneration(one of the first doctor in Turkey to perfrom photodynamic therapy and one of the first doctor to use Avastin and other intravitreal injection and macular translocation surgery in Turkey)
  • Cataract and IOL implantation(couple thousand)
  • Eximer laser and LASİK( one of the first doctor to use eximer laser at University of Istanbul Cerrahpasa Medical School at 1993)




Prof. Dr. Murat Oncel, FASRS

Tel: +90-212-2248471   GSM:+90-530-9721245

Kodaman Sok. No:6-11

Nişantaşı, Istanbul 34363 Turkey


“Our philosophy is that every patient should be treated like family”