T. Oguz Acarturk, MD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
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Fax: 412-648-1987

Scaife Hall, Suite 6B

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261, 


Dr. T. Oguz Acartürk is a member of the faculty of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He obtained his medical degree at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.  He then worked as a Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Division of Plastic Surgery and Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemical Engineering on muscle tissue engineering and biomaterials. He then proceeded to complete his surgical internship and plastic surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh.  After graduating, he served in the Turkish Armed Forces as a Physician Officer at the Gülhane Military Medical Academy.  Upon honorable discharge, he joined the full time Faculty in Cukurova University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Adana, Turkey where he received an Associate Professorship degree. 

In 2007 Dr. Acartürk received the “Young Plastic Surgeon Award” by the European Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (EURAPS). Dr. Acarturk received a prestigious Scholarship to the University of Helsinki, Finland where his main interest was reconstructive microsurgery, orthognatic surgery and ear reconstruction.

Dr. Acartürk was then recruited by UPMC to join the Department of Plastic Surgery as a reconstructive microsurgeon specialized in head and neck reconstructions.  Dr. Acartürk has won numerous academic awards and written over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, mainly as a the primary author, mostly related to microsurgical reconstruction, reconstruction of complex defects, and rhinoplasty, in addition to numerous basic science articles.  He presented at many prestigious international conferences throughout the world.

Dr. Acartürk is also involved in several clinical research projects at the UPMC mainly on head and neck microsurgical reconstruction, outcomes in microsurgery and complex trunk reconstruction.  He is board-certified by the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. His specialized areas include microsurgical reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, upper and lower extremity reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, reconstruction of the trunk, and rhinoplasty.


Acartürk TO. Free Segmental Vastus Lateralis Muscle Flap for Reconstruction of the Recalcitrant Defects of the Cleft Hard Palate. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012 June 18 [Epub ahead of print]. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO Aslaner EE. Periosteal Ossification from the Vascular Pedicle of a Free Fibular Flap. J Cranoifac Surg. 2011 Nov;22(6):e29-32. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO. Femur-Vastus Intermedius-Anterolateral Thigh Osteomyocutaneous Composite Chimeric Free Flap: A New Free Flap for the Reconstruction of Complex Wounds. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2011 Mar;27(3):187-94. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO. Reconstruction of Lower Extremity Close-Range Shotgun Injuries with Gracilis Free Flap: A Report of Two Cases. Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2010 Jul;16(4):367-70. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO, Parsak CK, Sakman G, Demircan O. Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap in the Reconstruction of Pilonidal Sinus. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Jan;63(1):133-9. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO. Treatment of Large Ischial Ulcers Communicating with the Hip Joint with Proximal Femoral Resection and Reconstruction with a Combined Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius and Rectus Femoris Musculocutaneous Flap. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Nov;62(11):1497-502. | View Abstract »

Türegün M, Acartürk TO, Ozturk S, Sengezer M. Aesthetic and Functional Restoration Using Dorsal Saddle Shaped Medpor Implant in Secondary Rhinoplasty. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Jun;60(6):600-3. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO, Parsak CK. Preservation of the Contralateral Abdominal Flap Following Harvest of Unilateral Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap for Staged Bilateral Breast Reconstruction. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2008 May;24(4):247-9. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO. Lateral Intercostal Artery Perforator-Based Reverse Thoracic Flap for Antecubital Reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Nov;61(11):e5-8. | View Abstract »
Acartürk TO, Tuncer Ü, Aydoğan B, Dalay C. Median Artery Arising from the Radial Artery: It’s Significance During Harvest of a Radial Forearm Free Flap. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Oct;61(10):e5-8. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO, Sakman G. Reconstruction of the Postmastectomy Defects in Male Patients Using Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator Flap. J Turkish Soc Plast Surg. 2007; 15:88-91. (Turkish)

Acartürk TO, Kıvanc O. Correction of Saddle Nose Deformity in Ectodermal Dysplasia. J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Sep;18(5):1179-82. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO, Newton ED. An Aberrant Branch of Radial Artery Encountered During Elevation of Radial Forearm Free Flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2004 Nov;20(8):611-4. | View Abstract»

Acartürk TO, Swartz WM, Luketich J, Quinlin RF, Edington H. Laparoscopically Harvested Omental Flap for Chest Wall and Intrathoracic Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 Sep;53(3):210-6. | View Abstract »

Acartürk TO, Glaser DP, Newton ED. Reconstruction of Difficult Wounds with Tissue Expanded Free Flaps. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 May;52(5):493-9; discussion 500. | View Abstract »

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