Dr. Cevdet Gokcek, MD

Specialty: Neurological / General Neurosurgery

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I was born in 1964 in Kars, Turkey. I graduated from elementary and high school in Ankara, Turkey. Between 1982 and 1988, I studied medicine at the Medical Faculty of University of Ankara. Following my graduation from the Medical Faculty, I began my residency at the Department of Neurosurgery of Ministry of Health Ankara Hospital in 1988. After successfully completing my residency, I became a neurosurgery specialist in 1994 and continued to work at the same clinic. Next, I worked at the Agri State Hospital as a temporary neurosurgeon in 1995, and then at the Sakarya State Hospital following the Marmara earthquake in 1999.

In 1995, I completed my microsurgery training at the University of Hacettepe Neurological Sciences Institute. In 1998, I proceeded my training as an observer doctor at the Department of Neurosurgery of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. In 2012, I attended Basic Neuroendoscopy and Skullbase Endoscopy courses at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Between 1994 and 2015, I worked at the Ankara Training and Research Hospital of Ministry of Health of Turkey as a specialist and also trained neurosurgery residents. In 2015, I retired from the Ministry of Health Ankara Training and Research Hospital. Between 2015 and 2018, I worked as a specialist neurosurgeon at the Medistate Hospital in Kavacik, Istanbul, Turkey. Between 2018 and 2019, I worked at the Al-Kafeel Super Specialized Hospital of Karbala, Iraq. I currently work in Istanbul, Turkey.


Dr. Cevdet Gokcek, MD

Dr. Cevdet Gokcek is a neurosurgeon based in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his medical degree from the Ankara University, Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years in Istanbul, Ankara and Karbala. Dr. Cevdet Gokcek has successfully performed thousands of brain, spinal cord, spine and peripheral nerve operations.


Neurological Surgery / General Neurosurgery

Specialty: Neurological Surgery, General Neurosurgery, General Care

Neurosurgeons treat disorders of the brain and nervous system: meninges, skull, pituitary gland, spinal cord, meninges and vertebral column, and cranial and spinal nerves. They use minimally invasive surgery, endoscope, operation microscope, neuroradiology imaging like CT, MRI, PET. Patients may go to a neurosurgeon for conditions like hemorrhages, hydrocephalus, head or spinal cord trauma, spinal disc herniation, infections and tumors.



Treatment of brain, skull, spine and spinal cord tumors with microsurgery and endoscopic techniques.

Neurovascular surgery

Treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernoma and diseases of the blood vessels of the brain.


Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and treatment of hydrocephalus.

Skull-base surgery

Removal of skull base tumors and repairment of the skull base by using microsurgery and endoscopic techniques.

Functional neurosurgery

Treatment of a wide range of problems including epilepsy, pain, spasticity and movement disorders.

Neuro traumatology

Treatment of head, spine and spinal cord injuries.

Spinal surgery

Treatment of spine and spinal cord tumors and injuries; spinal fusion surgery.

Degenerative disc diseases

Treatment of neck, back and lumbar hernias with microsurgical techniques.

Pediatric neurosurgery

Treatment of congenital spinal defects as well as tumors and hydrocephalus.


Expertise and Techniques

Patients rightfully prefer a physician with a considerable amount of experience in performing a particular procedure. Dr. Gokcek has over 31 years of experience in neurosurgery. He has worked in leading hospitals in Ankara and Istanbul, two of the largest cities of Turkey, and has performed many successful operations.

Dr. Gokcek has been using microsurgery techniques since 1995 and endoscopic technique since 2005 in his operations. He also performs operations by using neuronavigation and intraoperative neuromonitoring. He has experience in percutaneous and minimal invasive neurosurgery too.

Most Frequent Procedures

  • Removal of brain, spinal and skull based tumors
  • Strokes, in particular hemorrhages due to cerebral (brain) aneurysms (a weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery) and other malformations (AVM’s, cavernoma)
  • Managing trauma to the head and spine, head and neck injury, spinal fractures, spinal cord injury
  • Prolapsed discs and other degenerative spinal conditions, spinal fusion artificial disc
  • Abscess, infections and infestations
  • Epilepsy, pain and spasticity, cerebral palsy
  • Congenital malformations of the nervous system including spina bifida
  • Hydrocephalus and other disturbances of cerebrospinal fluid flow

Patients' Experience

When choosing a doctor, it may be helpful to consider other patients' experiences. As such, Dr. Gokcek has successfully treated thousands of patients in Ankara and Istanbul, and received numerous positive feedback letters from patients, showing their gratitude and appreciation. Besides, Dr. Gokcek has also treated many patients from Iraq, Balkan countries and several other countries.

Case Examples


Education, Training and Publications

  • Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  • Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  • Hacettepe University Institute of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry, Ankara, Turkey
  • Department of Neurosurgery, UMHS, University of Michigan, USA
  • Ghent University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery Ghent, Belgium


  • Micro neurosurgery: Hacettepe University Institute of Neurological Sciences And Psychiatry
  • Endoscopic skull base surgery: Ghent University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Neuroendoscopy: Ghent University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery


  • Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  • Medistate Kavacik Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Al-Kafeel Super Specialized Hospital, Karbala, Iraq
  • İstanbul Medipol University Pendik Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey


  • Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery Infarct. Gulensoy B, Karatay M, Erdem Y, Celik H, Tascioglu T, Sertbas I, Gursoy T, Kul H, Gokcek C, Yasitli U, Bayar MA. Turk Neurosurg. 2016;26(5):704-8.
  • Calcified intracranial hydatid cyst: case report. Köktekir E, Erdem Y, Gökçek C, Karatay M, Yilmaz A, Bayar MA, Sümer S.Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2011;35(4):220-3.
  • Spontaneus resolution of a traumatic vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm. Tekiner A, Gokcek C, Bayar MA, Erdem Y, Kilic C.Turk Neurosurg. 2011 Jan;21(1):90-3.
  • Giant cell reparative granuloma of the axis. Bayar MA, Erdem Y, Gokcek C, Koktekir E, Kilic C, Yasitli U, Tekiner A. Turk Neurosurg. 2009 Oct;19(4):423-7.
  • A new approach to the treatment of cerebral vasospasm: the angiographic effects of tadalafil on experimental vasospasm. Koktekir E, Erdem Y, Akif Bayar M, Gokcek C, Karatay M, Kilic C. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2010 Mar;152(3):463-9.
  • Intracranial foreign body. Gökçek C, Erdem Y, Köktekir E, Karatay M, Bayar MA, Edebali N, Kiliç C. Turk Neurosurg. 2007 Apr;17(2):121-4.
  • Intramedullary spinal epidermoid associated with an intramedullary lipoma. Bayar MA, Gokcek C, Erdem Y, Kilic C, Celik H, Edebali N, Yasitli U, Tekiner A. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2007;43(5):418-20.
  • Anterior sacral meningocele. A case report. Bayar AM, Yasitli U, Tekiner A, Gokcek C, Edebali N, Erdem Y, Akkaya A. J Neurosurg Sci. 2007 Jun;51(2):89-92.
  • A rare cause of wound infection: Shewanella putrefaciens. Bulut C, Ertem GT, Gökcek C, Tulek N, Bayar MA, Karakoc E. Scand J Infect Dis. 2004;36(9):692-4.
  • Total removal of an unruptured orbital hydatid cyst. Gökçek C, Bayar N, Buharai Z. Can J Ophthalmol. 2001 Jun;36(4):218-20. No abstract available.
  • Orbital hydatid cyst: CT and MRI. Gökçek C, Gökçek A, Akif Bayar M, Tanrikulu S, Buharali Z. Neuroradiology. 1997 Jul;39(7):512-5.
  • Giant cyst of the cavum septi pellucidi and cavum Vergae with posterior cranial fossa extension: case report. Bayar MA, Gökçek C, Gökçek A, Edebali N, Buharali Z. Neuroradiology. 1996 May;38 Suppl 1:S187-9.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging in cervical trauma associated with ankylosing spondylitis: report of two cases. Iplikçioglu AC, Bayar MA, Kökes F, Gökçek C, Doganay OS. J Trauma. 1994 Mar;36(3):412-3.
  • Growing skull fracture of the orbital roof. Bayar MA, Iplikçioglu AC, Kökes F, Gökçek C. Surg Neurol. 1994 Jan;41(1):80-2.
  • A fluid level in an acute extradural haematoma. Iplikçioglu AC, Bayar MA, Kökes F, Yildiz B, Gökçek C, Buharali Z. Neuroradiology. 1994;36(1):31-2.
  • Interhemispheric subdural haematomas. Iplikçioglu AC, Bayar MA, Kökes F, Doganay S, Gökçek C. Br J Neurosurg. 1994;8(5):627-31.
  • Epidural spinal abscess containing gas: MRI demonstration. Kökes F, Iplikçioglu AC, Camurdanoglu M, Bayar MA, Gökçek C. Neuroradiology. 1993;35(7):497-8. No abstract available.
  • Brain abscess caused by Salmonella typhimurium. Case report and review of the literature. Iplikçioglu AC, Kökes F, Bayar MA, Edebali N, Gökçek C, Buharali Z. J Neurosurg Sci. 1991 Jul-Sep;35(3):165-8.