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Organ transfers, which are being carried out in many countries of the world and in Turkey today, continue to have wide repercussions in all areas of social science, both in medicine and in particular in law. As a matter of fact, the Physicians of the modern era, who have dedicated themselves to the health of humanity since Hippocrates (460-377 BC) and Ibn Sina (980-1037 BC), who are great people in the history of Medicine, have to follow some laws and rules in both doing these practices and applying these methods in order to save human life. Again, organ transfers are considered the most important invention of our time, and it is a very bad situation to trade this work in this invention.

News about the organ trade in newspapers and other publications amazes us. Recently, an organized criminal network engaged in organ trafficking was mentioned, and it was reported that this group included people from professions that value people, such as prosecutors, physicians. The most disastrous part was the presence of a Turkish doctor among them. Turkey Medicals we regret the news. “People who bought organs were very low-income, and they gave their organs for money. Criminals would be tried in a foreign country.” was said.

These issues were discussed in depth at a Congress in Japan in 2004 and organized by the University of Tsukuba. Later, this topic was organized by the Association of Medical Ethics and Medical Law in Antalya. It was also discussed for 3 days at the International Congress on medical ethics and Medical Law. It is natural that many more meetings are held at home and abroad on this issue.

Trade in organs is prohibited by the “law on organ and tissue storage and Transplantation” of 2238 and 29.05.1979.


Article 15: those who buy, store, vaccinate and transplant organs and tissues in violation of this law, and those who buy and sell them, mediate their purchase and sale or broker it, shall be sentenced to imprisonment from two to four years and a heavy fine from 50 thousand pounds to 100 thousand pounds, unless the Act requires a more severe penalty.”

By the way, No. 5237 and No. 91 of the Turkish Criminal Code of 26.9.2004., 92. and 93. articles mention penalties for those who do not comply with the law in relation to organ transplantation:


Article 91 – (1) a person who receives an organ from a person without legally valid consent shall be punished with a prison sentence of five to nine years. If the subject of the crime is tissue, he faces a prison sentence of two to five years.

(2) in violation of the law, anyone who receives organs or tissues from the dead shall be punished with a prison sentence of up to one year.

(3) the person who buys, sells, mediates the sale of organs or tissues shall be subject to the penalties specified in the first paragraph.

(4) if the crimes defined in the first and third paragraphs are committed within the framework of the activity of an organization, imprisonment from eight to fifteen years and a judicial fine of up to ten thousand days shall be imposed.

(5) a person who stores, transports or vaccinates organs or tissues obtained by illegal means shall be punished by imprisonment from two to five years.

(6) a person who advertises or publishes or publishes an advertisement or advertisement for the supply of organs or tissues in exchange for a certain interest shall be punished with a prison sentence of up to one year.

(7) if the crimes defined in this article are committed within the framework of the activity of a legal person, the security measures specific to them are provided for by the legal person.

(8) if the victim dies as a result of the commission of the crime defined in the first paragraph, the provisions on the crime of intentional murder shall apply.

As can be seen, punishments are meant to prevent people from committing crimes. But the most important feature of a doctor who owns a Supreme profession such as medicine is to be conscientious and to be near his patient, full of spiritual values.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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