There is perhaps no Turkish company in the healthcare sector that is more ambitious than Acıbadem. Not only has the private hospital group revolutionized healthcare in Turkey with its advanced facilities, but it has also pursued an ambitious internationalization campaign and even opened a world-class university, to boot.


We proudly represent Turkey with our 32 Health Points that provide top-of-the-line services in 31 cities from 21 different countries

Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, Acıbadem

“In 1991, we started our journey with our first district hospital, and today, we have 22 hospitals and 16 medical centers throughout Macedonia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and, of course, Turkey,” explains Chairman of the Board Mehmet Ali Aydinlar. “In addition, we proudly represent Turkey with our 32 Health Points that provide top-of-the-line services in 31 cities from 21 different countries. At Acibadem, we are a big family with approximately 23,000 employees, including 3,500 doctors and 4,000 nurses. This number is increasing every day and will continue to increase with the introduction of our new hospitals.


“Acıbadem is a rapidly developing group, both in Turkey and abroad,” continues Aydinlar. “In the last three years, we have become the largest healthcare group in Bulgaria via our 2016 mergers and acquisitions. After consolidating the two largest private health chains in the country under the brand of Acıbadem, we have since performed half of all heart and cancer treatments in Bulgaria. In March of last year, we commissioned Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital with a 350-bed capacity to provide services within an internal area of 98,000 square meters, in total. The following May, we commissioned a large medical facility of 3,500 square meters in Amsterdam under the brand of Acıbadem International Medical Centre. In the near future, the facility will consist of 5,000 square meters with a capacity of 24 beds and two operating rooms.”


Acıbadem is currently part of the world’s second-largest hospital chain, and aside from its facilities in Bulgaria and Amsterdam, it has found creative ways in extending to other markets. “We have been providing consultancy services for the restructuring projects of 17 state-owned laboratories in the United Arab Emirates,” declares Aydinlar. “We set up Acıbadem’s Cerebral Plus system in a state hospital in Riyadh amidst a digitalization campaign in Saudi Arabia. Finally, in cooperation with the science and relief fund of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, we successfully carried out bone marrow transplants for 27 low-income patients. Based on this success, we were honoured at the Sultan bin Khalifa 3rd International Talasemi Awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi.”


And lastly, but certainly not least, Acıbadem has opened a state-of-the-art eponymous university. “At Acıbadem University, we train the health professionals of the future with the academic and technological infrastructure we have. Along with our strong academic staff, we distinguish ourselves with the Clinical Simulation and Advanced Endoscopic – Robotic Surgery Training Center, CASE, which is one of the most advanced medical simulation training centre in the world, and our research laboratories that enable all kinds of studies to be carried out. Moreover, our state-of-the-art student laboratories provide applied training modules to our associate and undergraduate programs. Our clinical simulation centre is one of the two centres that have received a certificate of excellence in the world, alongside Toledo University,” concludes Ali Aydinlar.


Read the full interview with Mehmet Ali Aydinlar here