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Hekim Kadromuz

OP. DR. GÜRKAN ERKULA

Current Appointments

  • Surgical Attendant at the Department of Orthopaedics at Cankaya Private Hospital in Ankara

Education and Training

  • Residency in Orthopaedics: SSK Okmeydanı Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Department (1990 – 1995), Istanbul, Turkey.
  • M.D. Degree: Hacettepe University, School of Medicine in English (1982 – 1989), Ankara, Turkey.
  • Secondary School: TED Ankara College (1975 – 1981), Ankara, Turkey.
  • Primary School: Alpaslan Primary School , thru 2. – 5. Grades (1972 – 1975), Ankara, Turkey. F-South NATO Headquarters, 1. Grade (1970 – 1971), Naples, Italy.

Professional Experience

  • August 2016 – Current: Cankaya Private Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Ankara, Turkey.
  • January 2015 – March 2016: Al Attar Sports Clinic and Rehabilitation, Qatar, Doha, Institutor Chief of Medical Departments.
  • August 2010 – December 2014: Cankaya Private Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Ankara, Turkey.
  • January 2007 – January 2008: NIA Gerontology Research Center, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Unit, Baltimore, MD, USA, Volunteer Researcher and Staff.
  • December 2003 - 2010: Director of Research, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • December 2003 - 2010 : Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • September 2002 – November 2003: Chief surgical advisor in the emergency service. Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • May 2002 – November 2003: Chief surgical trainer of interns in the emergency service. Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • November 2000 – January 2002 : Vice President of the Surgical Medical Sciences in Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • April 1999 – October 2000: Observer, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • November 1998 – May 1999: Head of the Department of Orthopedics, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • March 1999 – October 1999: Director of the Physical Medicine and Therapy Center of the Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
  • August 1997 – October 2003: Assistant Prof. in Pamukkale University, Department of Orthopedics, Denizli, Turkey.
  • June 1984 – August 1984: Sandwell District Hospital, University of Birmingham, Visiting Observer, Birmingham, UK.

Professional Interests

  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Peri-prosthetic Infections
  • Peri-prosthetic Fractures
  • Preventive Hip Surgery

Research Activities

Publications - Examples of Peer Reviewed Original Articles

  1. KB. Jones, G. Erkula, PD. Sponseller, JP. Dormans. Spine Deformity Correction in Marfan Syndrome. Spine 2002; Vol 27 (18): 2003-2012.
  2. G. Erkula, KB. Jones, PD. Sponseller, HC. Dietz III, RE. Pyeritz. Growth and Maturation in Marfan Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics 2002; 109: 100-115.
  3. G. Erkula, F. Demirkan, B. A. Kılıç, E. Kıter. Hamstring Shortening in Healthy Adults. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 2002; 16 (2-3): 77-81.
  4. G. Erkula, PD. Sponseller, AE. Kıter. Rib Deformity in Scoliosis. Eur Spine J 2003; 12: 281-287.
  5. G. Erkula, E. Celikbas, BA. Kilic, F. Demirkan, AE. Kiter. Acetabular Teardrop and Ultrasonography of the Hip. J Pediatr Orthop B 2004, 13; 15-20.
  6. A. Bursalı, G. Erkula. Lateral Shelf Acetabuloplasty in the Treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2004 May; 13 (3): 150-2.
  7. G. Erkula, A. Bursalı, E. Okan. False (Faux) Profile Radiography for the Evaluation of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2004 Jul; 13 (4): 238-43.
  8. G. Erkula, AE. Kiter, BA. Kilic, E. Er, F. Demirkan, PD. Sponseller. The Relation of Joint Laxity and Trunk Rotation. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2005 Jan; 14 (1): 38-41.
  9. Gurkan Erkula, Paul D. Sponseller, Gretchen Oswald, Bart Loeys, Harry C. Dietz, III. Musculoskeletal Findings of Loeys Dietz Syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Aug 4;92(9):1876-83.
  10. Paul D. Sponseller, Gurkan Erkula, Laura Paulsen, Kristen Danzo, Gretchen Oswald, Harry C. Dietz, III. Improving clinical recognition of Marfan syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Aug 4;92(9):1868-75.
  11. Gurkan Erkula, M.D., Kristen Danzo, CNRP., Laura Paulsen, Jake Levin, Harry C. Dietz, III, M.D., Paul D. Sponseller, M.D. Quantifying Health Status and Function in Marfan Syndrome. Under review at the Orthopedics.

Publications - Examples of Presentations

  1. PD. Sponseller, G. Erkula, NU. Ahn. A Preliminary Report on Protrusio Acetabuli in the Marfan Patient. 20th Meeting of the EPOS, Montpellier, France, 2001.
  2. G. Erkula, PD. Sponseller, M. Manoso. Rib Deformity and Patient Perception in Scoliosis. 20th Meeting of the EPOS, Montpellier, France, 2001.
  3. PD. Sponseller, G. Erkula, KB. Jones, JP. Dormans. Spine Deformity in Marfan Patients. Annual Meeting of the POSNA, Cancun, Mexico, 2001.
  4. G. Erkula, PD. Sponseller, JP. Dormans. Surgery for Spinal Deformity in Marfan Syndrome. SRS 2001 Annual Meeting.
  5. Erkula G, Çelikbaş E, Kılıç BA, Demirkan F. Acetabular Teardrop and Hip Ultrasonography. 21st Meeting of the EPOS, İstanbul, Turkey, 2002.
  6. G. Erkula, PD. Sponseller, JP. Dormans. Surgery for Spinal Deformity in Marfan Syndrome. SRS 2001 Annual Meeting.
  7. G.Erkula. Axial Skeletal Manifestations of C1039G Strain. 2005 National Marfan Meeting, StLouis, MO.
  8. G. Erkula, Kenneth Fishbein, Dorota Bartusik, Stacia Sawyer, Eric Frey, Richard Spencer, Thomas Beck, Kevin B. Jones, Harry C. Dietz, Paul D. Sponseller. Axial Skeletal manifestations of C1039G Strain. 7th International Research Symposium on the Marfan Syndrome, Ghent, Belgium, 2005.
  9. Gurkan Erkula, Dorota Bartusik, Ken Fishbein, Jennifer Pardo Habashi, David Huso, Daniel Judge, Paul Sponseller, Harry Dietz, Richard Spencer. Magnetic Resonance Microscopy
  10. Demonstrates the Prevention of Dural Ectasia by Losartan in a Mouse Model of Marfan Syndrome. Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, Miami, Florida, 2007.
  11. Gurkan Erkula, Paul D. Sponseller, Laura Paulsen, Gretchen Oswald, Bart Loeys, Harry C. Dietz, III. Spinal Manifestations of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. IMAST 14th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 2007.
  12. Gurkan Erkula, Paul D. Sponseller, Laura Paulsen, Gretchen Oswald, Bart Loeys, Harry C. Dietz, III. Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. POSNA 2007 Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, 2007.

Publications - Examples of Original Articles in Turkish

  1. G. Erkula, F. Demirkan, S. Çubukçu, G. Vural. Hamstring Kısalığı ve Etkileri. XVI. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 1999. Kongre kitabı.
  2. G. Erkula, E. Çelikbaş, BA. Kılıç, F. Demirkan. Asetabüler Göz Yaşı Damlası ve Kalça Ultrasonografisi. XVII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2001. Kongre kitabı.
  3. AE. Kıter, G. Erkula, E. Er, M. Nazalı. Denizli Merkez Bölgesi İlköğretim Okullarındaki Skolyoz Taraması, Tespit Edilen Eğriliklerin Eklem Laksitesi İle İlişkisi. XVII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2001. Kongre kitabı.
  4. Esat Kıter, Gürkan Erkula, B. Alper Kılıç, Ertan Er. Okul skolyoz taramasında eklem laksitesinin Beighton skorlaması ile değerlendirilmesi. Gövde rotasyonunun ve skolyozun eklem laksitesi ile ilişkisi J Turk Spin Surg 2001; 12 (1-2): 8-12.
  5. E. Kıter, F. Demirkan, A. Kılıç, G. Erkula. Beşinci Metatarsofalangeal Eklem Sesamoidinin Stres Kırığı (Stress Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsofalangeal Sesamoid Bone: A Case Report. Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica 2002; 36: 449-450.
  6. Fahir Demirkan, Gürkan Erkula, Türker Şahiner, Esat Kıter. Distal radius kırıklarında sempatik deri yanıtının değerlendirilmesi. VIII. Türk el ve üst ekstremite cerrahi kongre kitabı. 2002; 125-127.
  7. Esat Kıter, Fahir Demirkan, Gürkan Erkula, B. Alper Kılıç, Ersen Çelikbaş. Anterior sternoklaviküler eklem çıkıklarında redüksiyon manevrası yapılmadan uygulanan konservatif tedavinin sonuçları. Ulus Travma Derg 2003; 9 (3): 199-202.

Publications - Examples of Presentations in Turkish

  1. A. Bursalı, G. Erkula, A. Özgündüz, M. Dinçer. Legg-Calve-Perthes Hastalığında Magnetik Rezonans Görüntüleme Bulguları. XV. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, İstanbul, 1997.
  2. G. Erkula, F. Demirkan, S. Çubukçu, G. Vural. Hamstring Kısalığı ve Etkileri. XVI. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 1999.
  3. G. Erkula, E. Çelikbaş, BA. Kılıç, F. Demirkan. Asetabüler Göz Yaşı Damlası ve Kalça Ultrasonografisi. XVII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2001.
  4. A.E. Kıter, G. Erkula, E. Er, M. Nazalı. Denizli Merkez Bölgesi İlköğretim Okullarındaki Skolyoz Taraması, Tespit Edilen Eğriliklerin Eklem Laksitesi İle İlişkisi. XVII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2001.
  5. F. Demirkan, G. Erkula, T. Şahiner, E. Kıter. Distal radius kırıklarında sempatik deri yanıtının değerlendirilmesi. VIII. Türk El ve Üst Ekstremite Cerrahisi. 20-23 Nisan 2002 Adana.
  6. G Erkula, F. Demirkan, B.A. Kılıç, A.E. Kıter. Genç Erişkinlerde Hamstring Kısalığının Demografik Ölçümleri. XVIII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2003.
  7. G. Erkula, S. Akaya, B.A. Kılıç, A.E. Kıter, F. Demirkan. “False (Faux) Profile” Röntgen Tekniğinde VCA Açı ve Heyman-Herndon-Endeks Ölçümleri. XVIII. Milli Türk Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Kongresi, 2003.

Publications - Examples of Case Reports

  1. Duzcan F, Ergin H, Percin EF, Tepeli E, Erkula G. Femoral-facial Syndrome with Hemifacial Microsomia and Hypoglossia. Clin Dysmorphol. 2004 Jan; 13 (1): 43-4.
  2. Kiter E, Demirkan F, Kiliç BA, Erkula G. Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsophalangeal sesamoid bone: a case report. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2002; 36(5):449-50. Turkish.

Publications - Examples of Books, Chapters, Monographs

  1. PD. Sponseller, G. Erkula. Anterior Spine Surgery in Marfan Syndrome: In Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery, edited by L. Lemke, R. Betz, J. Harms: Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, MO, USA, 2004, pp 627-637.
  2. A. Bursalı, G. Erkula. Metabolizma ve Endokrinle İlgili Hastalıklar: Diz Sorunları. Prof. Dr. Rıdvan Ege: Bizim Büro Basımevi, Ankara, 1998: 229-245.

Publications - Examples of Review Articles

  1. Kıter A. E., Erkula G. Tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction and its relation to accessory navicular bone. The Journal of Foot Surgery (India) 2002: Vol. 17 (2); 99-103.

Extramural Sponsorship

  1. Natural History of Scoliosis in Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Charitable and Research Foundation. 9/1/2005 – 8/31/2010, $297,982.00 for 5 (Five) years.
  2. Long-Term Outcomes of Spinal Fusion in Marfan Syndrome. DePuy Spine, Inc. 01/01/2008 – 21/31/2011, $134,427.00 for 4 (Four) years.

Examples of Journal Peer Review Activities

  • Reviewer JPediatr (Journal of Pediatrics) MS# 2005258; Growth-reductive therapy in children with Marfan syndrome. L. Rozendaal, MD., S. le Cessie, PhD., J.M. Wit, MD, PhD., R.C.M. Hennekam, MD, PhD., and the Dutch Marfan Working Group.

Awards and Honors

  • 1982: Ranked in the 99th percentile in the National College Examination in Turkey.
  • 1999: Awarded a grant in scope of the NATO Science Fellowship Program by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), by the study “Rib Deformity in Scoliosis”.
  • 2002: Best clinical paper in 8th Turkish Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Congress, by the presentation “The Evaluation of the Sympathetic Skin Response in Distal Radius Fractures”.
  • 2009: Resident Research Award at the 68th Maryland Orthopaedic Association Meeting by the presentation “A Prospective randomized controlled study of one leg versus one & ½ leg spica casts”.