Prof. Dr. Haluk Akpinar


1983-1990          M.D., Marmara Medical Faculty, Istanbul

1992-1997          Urology Residency, Istanbul Cerrahpasa Medical School

2005                    Robotic Urology Training, Paris-Aalst

2008-2009       Research Fellow, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA



Staff Urologist, Metropolitan Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul

2007- 2010         Assistant Professor of Urology, Istanbul Bilim University

2011- 2014         Associate Professor of Urology, Istanbul Bilim University

2014 -2016         Director of Urooncology & Robotics Section, Liv Hospital, Istanbul

2016-2020         Professor of Urology, Istanbul Bilim University, Endourology & Robotic Section, Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals, Istanbul



1.         Robotic Urooncologic Surgery

2.         Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery

3.         Urinary stone treatment (URS and PCNL)



Dr. Akpinar completed “Essential Robotic Surgery Education” in Paris and Aalst-Belgium in 2005. He was one of the members of the surgery team that completed the first successful robotic radical prostatectomy in Turkey in March 2005. In June 2008 he also did Turkey’s first robotic sacrocolpopexy operation for treatment of vaginal vault prolapsus.

Dr. Akpinar worked as a research fellow in the field of endourology and advanced robotic surgery at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University in 2008-2009. He attained his Associate Professor of Urology degree in January 2011. He and his team did the World’s first robotic colovesical fistula repair operation in the same year and presented the case at the 31st World Congress of Endourology in New Orleans.

He worked as an invited consultant robotic surgeon in Sabah Al-Ahmad Urology Center in Kuwait between 2014 and 2017. During the period of 2005-2020, Dr. Akpinar performed more then 500 robotic operations mostly for treatment of prostate and renal cancer. Currently he works as an affiliated surgeon in Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul.



National Minimal Invasive Urology Society, President 2019 -2021

Urologic Surgery Society North Marmara Section, President 2017 - 2019

European Urological Association, Member

American Urology Association, Member



Written Book Chapters: 7

Articles in peer reviewed international journals: 36*

Number of Citations in SCI journals:1470

Articles in Turkish journals: 16

Presentations in international meetings: 52

Presentations in national meetings: 73



A1. Özkara H., Akkuş E., Akpınar H., Alıcı B. ve Hattat H., “Superficial Dorsal Penile Vein Trombosis (Penile Mondor’s Disease),” International Urology and Nephrology, 28, 387-391 (1996).

A2. Çetinel B., Akpınar H., Tüfek İ., Uygun N., Solok V. ve Yazıcı H., “Bladder Involvement in Behcet’s Syndrome,” J Urol, 161, 52-56, (1999).

A3. Akpınar H., Cetinel B., Demirkesen O., Tufek I., Yaycıoglu O. ve Solok V., “Long-term results of Burch colposuspension,” Int J Urol, 7, 119-125, (2000).

A4. Kural A.R., Tufek I., Akpinar H. ve Gurtug A., “Removal of Urolume endoprosthesis using Holmium:YAG laser,” J Endourol, 15, 947-948, (2001).

A5. Akpinar H., Kural A.R., Tufek I., Obek C., Demirkesen O., Solok V. ve Gurtug A., “Spontaneous ureteral rupture: Is immediate surgical intervention always necessary? Presentation of four cases and review of the literature,” J Endourol, 16, 179-183, (2002).

A6. Eskicorapci S.Y., Karabulut E., Turkeri L., Baltaci S., Cal C., Toktas G., Akpinar H., Ozer G., Sozen S., Tokuc R., Lekili M., Soylu A., Albayrak S., Sahin H., Alpar R. ve Ozen H., “Validation of 2001 Partin Tables in Turkey: A Multicenter Study,” Eur Urol, 47, 185-189, (2005).

A7. Akpinar H., Tufek I., Alıcı B. ve Kural A.R., “Ureteroscopy and Holmium Laser Lithotripsy in Pregnancy: Stents Must Be Used Postoperatively,” J Endourol, 20, 107-110, (2006).

A8. Tufek I., Akpınar H., Sevinc C., Alıcı B. ve Kural A.R., “Surgical Treatment of Retroperitoneal Leiomyosarcoma With Adjuvant Radiotherapy,” Urol J, 4, 180-183 (2007).

A9. Sevinc C, Akpinar H, Tufek I, Obek C, Kural AR. “Radical retropubic prostatectomy as a solo therapy for treatment of adult rhabdomyosarcoma”, Urol J, 5, 203-205 (2008).

A10. Igdem S, Akpinar H, Alço G, Agacayak F, Turkan S, Okkan S. “Implantation of fiducial markers for image guidance in prostate radiotherapy: patient-reported toxicity”, Br J Radiol, 82, 941-945 (2009).

A11. Akpinar H., Tufek I., Atuğ F. ve Kural A.R., "Doppler ultrasonography guided pelvic plexus block before systematic needle biopsy of the prostate: a prospective randomised study" Urology, 74, 267-272 (2009).

A12. Kural AR., Atug F., Akpinar H., Tufek I., “Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Bladder Diverticulectomy Combined with Photoselective Vaporization of Prostate: A Case Report and Review of Literature”, J Endourol, 23, 1281-5 (2009).

A13. Eskicorapci SY, Türkeri L, Karabulut E, Cal C, Akpinar H, Baltacı S, Baykal K, the Turkish Validation Study Group of Kattan Preoperative Nomogram, Kattan MW, and Ozen H., “Validation of Two Preoperative Kattan Nomograms Predicting Recurrence After Radical Prostatectomy for Localized Prostate Cancer in Turkey: A Multicenter Study of the Uro-oncology Society,” Urology, 74, 1289-1295, 2009.

A14. Kural AR., Atug F., Tufek I., Akpinar H., “ Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy Versus Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy: Comparison of Outcomes” J Endourol, 23: 1491-1497 (2009).

A15. Tüfek I, Akpınar H, Sevinç C, Kural AR. “Primary left upper quadrant (Palmer's point) access for laparoscopic radical prostatectomy” Urol J, 7, 152-156 (2010).

A16. Romero V, Akpinar H, Assimos DG. “Kidney stones: a global picture of prevalence, incidence, and associated risk factors” Rev Urol, 12, 86-96 (2010).

A17. Kural AR, Obek C, Tuna MB, Akpinar H, Demirkesen O, Atug F, Tüfek I. “Conversion to hand assistance may prevent conversion to an open procedure in standard laparoscopic nephrectomy” J Endourol, 24, 1297-1300 (2010).

A18. Ozen H, Akyol F, Toktas G, Eskicorapci S, Unluer E, Kuyumcuoglu U, Abay E, Cureklibatur I, Sengoz M, Yalcin V, Akpinar H, Zorlu F, Sengor F, Karaman I. “Is prophylactic breast radiotherapy necessary in all patients with prostate cancer and gynecomastia and/or breast pain?” J Urol, 184, 519-524 (2010).

A19. Gorbachinsky I, Akpinar H, Assimos DG. “Metabolic syndrome and urologic diseases.” Rev Urol. 12,157-80 (2010).

A20. Türkeri L, Tanıdır Y, Çal Ç, Özen H, Şahin H; Turkish Urooncology Society. Comparison of the efficacy of single or double intravesical epirubicin instillation in the early postoperative period to prevent recurrences in non-muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder: prospective, randomized multicenter study. Urol Int. 2010;85(3):261-5.

A21. Romero V, Akpinar H, Smith JJ 3rd, Assimos DG. Changing patterns in iatrogenic ureteral injuries. Rev Urol. 2011;13(4):e179-83.

A22. Tufek I, Akpinar H, Atug F, Obek C, Esen HE, Keskin MS, Kural AR. The impact of local anesthetic volume and concentration on pain during prostate biopsy: a prospective randomized trial. J Endourol. 2012 Feb;26(2):174-7.

A23. Atug F, Kural AR, Tufek I, Srivastav S, Akpinar H. Anterior and Posterior Reconstruction Technique and its Impact on Early Return of Continence after Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Operations. J Endourol. 2012 Apr;26(4):381-6.

A24. Lange JN, Wood KD, Wong H, Otto R, Mufarrij PW, Knight J, Akpinar H, Holmes RP, Assimos DG. Sensitivity of human strains of Oxalobacter formigenes to commonly prescribed antibiotics. Urology. 2012 Jun;79(6):1286-9.

A25. Pilanci KN, Ordu C, Akpinar H, Balci C, Başsülü N, Köksal UI, Elbüken F, Okutur K, Bülbül G, Sağlam S, Demir G. Dramatic Response to Catumaxomab Treatment for Malign Ascites Related to Renal Cell Carcinoma With Sarcomotoid Differentiation. Am J Ther. 2014 Apr 11.

A26. Tufek I, Mourmouris P, Argun OB, Öbek C, Keskin MS, Akpinar H, Atug F, Kural

AR. Robot-Assisted Bladder Diverticulectomy with Concurrent Management of Bladder Outlet Obstruction. Urol Int. 2016 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26863520.

A27. Özkuvanci Ü, Akpinar H, Karadag MA, Dönmez Mİ, Altunrende F. Holding Strength of Suture: An Experimental Study Using Porcine Kidney. JSLS. 2017 Jul-Sep;21(3).

A28. Basatac C, Akpinar H.  Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy in A Patient with Previous Abdominoperineal Resection and Pelvic External Beam Radiation Therapy. Urol J 2018 May 3;15(3):134-136.

A29. Said Yaiesh, Saad Aldousari, Fawzi Abul, Jose Karam, Haluk Akpinar & Natarjan Arun (2018) [34] Robot-assisted partial nephrectomy: Initial experience from a single centre, Arab Journal of Urology, 16:sup1, S17-S17, DOI: 10.1016/j.aju.2018.10.081

A30. Said Yaiesh, Saad Aldousari, Fawzi Abul, Haluk Akpinar, Brian Chapin, Neema Navai, Khurshid Guru & Natarajan Arun (2018) [35] The impact of the ’optimised surgical journey’ on robot-assisted radical prostatectomy patients: A prospective non-randomised longitudinal cohort study, Arab Journal of Urology, 16:sup1, S17-S18, DOI: 10.1016/j.aju.2018.10.082

A31. Basatac C, Aktepe F, Sağlam S, Akpınar H. Synchronous presentation of muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma of bladder and peritoneal malign mesothelioma. Int Braz J Urol. 2019 Mar 22;45.

A32. Basatac C, Sağlam S, Aktepe F, Akpınar H. Primary Large Cell Prostate Neuroendocrine Carcinoma with Central and Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus. Int Braz J Urol. 2019.

A33. Basatac C, Akpinar H. Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy with Segmental Renal Artery Clamping: A Single Center Experience. Urol J. 2019 Jan 5.

A34. Basatac C, Akpinar H. 'Trifecta' outcomes of robot-assisted partial nephrectomy: Results of the 'low volume' surgeon. Int Braz J Urol. Nov-Dec 2020;46(6):943-949.

A35. Basatac C, Özman O, Akgül HM, Ozyaman O, Cinar O, Can G, Sancak EB, Yazici CM, Akpinar H. The Impact of Stone Density on Operative Complications of Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery: A Multicenter Study with Propensity Score Matching Analysis. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2021 Jan 20. doi: 10.1089/lap.2020.

A36. Yazici CM, Siddikoglu D, Cinar O, Ozman O, Basatac C, Akgul M, Sancak EB, Onal B, Akpinar H. Does extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy before retrograde intrarenal surgery complicates the surgery for upper ureter stone? The results of the RIRSearch group. Int J Clin Pract 2021 Feb 26;e14115.


Prof. Dr.  Haluk AKPINAR

What Is A Robotic Radical Prostatectomy?

Organ limited prostate cancer can be treated with different methods. For patients who are seeking active treatment, radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the entire gland) is one of the most effective treatment methods.

Robotic radical prostatectomy is a type of minimally invasive surgery which uses a surgical robot to remove the entire prostate. The robotic laparoscopic technique allows surgeons to operate through small ports rather than large incisions.