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Ali Zirh

experience: 35 years

Neurosurgeon, Stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon

Over 1,500 successful surgical interventions for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders; over 1,000 Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Procedures

Expert in deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Has provided over 850 successful DBS procedures and more than 1,350 neurosurgery procedures.
Broke a Guinness World Record for the biggest number of patients after DBS gathered in one place.
Was trained in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Israel, Belgium, and the USA.

Istanbul , Turkey
Medipol University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center (PARMER)

Diagnostic & treatment program

Assoc. Prof. Ali Zirh is world famous neurosurgeon and world renowned neurologist from Turkey. Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1983 as an MD on August 31, 1983. Afterwards, In 1988, he started his specialization in the Neurosurgery Department of Marmara University School of Medicine. He attended training courses in Warnemünde, Germany (1989), Glasgow (1990), Edinburgh (1990 – held by The British Council), Zaragoza, Spain (1991), Jerusalem, Israel (1992), Bruges, Belgium (1993 – held by European Federation of Neurosurgical Societies), and Antalya, Turkey (1994 – held by World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies). He visited and participated clinical trials in Glasgow Institute of Neurological Sciences (1990), Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburg (1992), Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia (1992), Department of Neurosurgery, University of Washington (1992), Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital (1994), Department of Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1994). He became a neurosurgeon in February, 1994. In March, 1994 he got his master’s degree in neurophysiology from Graduate School of Health Sciences, Marmara University. In September 1994, he completed the fifth training of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) in Izmir, passed their exam, and got an EANS license. He also took the European Board of Neurosurgery Primary Examination around the same time, and passed i.

Dr. Ali Zırh’s Specialty

He started his specialization at Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery in 1988.  Assoc.Prof. Ali ZIRH returned from the United States in 1997 and started to work at the VKV American Hospital, performing functional neurosurgery interventions and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with Microelectrode Recording and Stimulation technique on single cell level, that only limited number of centers worldwide provide.

More than 30 years of clinical and surgical experience in his field of Functional Neurosurgery until today;  Since 1994, more than 1,500 surgical interventions for Parkinson's Disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other Movement Disorders and more than 1000 Deep Brain Stimulation surgeries DBS procedures that he has successfully performed, made Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh the first name that comes to mind in movement disorder surgery in our country, and enabled the center where he performs these surgeries to become an International Training and Reference Center in the international arena.


For the outstanding results in the field of neurosurgery, Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh is honored with numerous prizes as:

1995 Brain Research Foundation Award 

  • 1997 Award of the Turkish Neurosurgical Society
  • Scientific, Research and Medicine Encouragement Award
  • International Elekta Award
  • 2017 Golden Palm Award
  • In 2018, Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh at Medipol broke a Guinness World Record for the biggest number of patients after DBS gathered in one place at a time.
  • Global Health Awards 2021 held in Baku - the best neurosurgeon of the year Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh was selected.

Scientific activity

Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh provides scientific research in neurology surgery. The results of his papers are published in local and international editions as Turkish Neurosurgery Journal, US Advances in Neurology Journal, and many others.

Op. Dr Ali Zırh, neurosurgeon

Doctor Ali Zirh and Former Head of Bookimed medical coordinators Ekaterina Potapova at Bookimed office

Membership in organizations

  • Neurosurgical Society in Turkey
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN)
  • North American Cervicogenic Headache Society (HACHS)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • International Neuromodulation Society
  • North American Neuromodulation Society
  • International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
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Feb 6, 2023
Parkinson"s disease

I liked everything, from translators to doctors. A quick diagnosis was made. We are pleased with the initial stage, we will be treated medically. THANK YOU ALL. And a huge thank you to an... Read more

Nov 23, 2022
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

I would like to express our satisfaction with the DBS operation, the stay in the hospital, which I dare to say at the world level. Dr. Ali Zirh is an absolute professional, precise, clear, concrete an... Read more

Gulziya Khadieva
Nov 15, 2022
Parkinson"s disease

Very large modern clinic, helpful and friendly staff. They provided a transfer from the airport to the hotel and to the hospital. The doctor carefully examined and examined (in my opinion) competently... Read more

Nov 2, 2022
Parkinson"s disease

Sep 13, 2022
Consultation with a neurologist

Sep 8, 2022
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

Saada mounira
Jun 30, 2022
Parkinson"s disease

Jun 7, 2022
Parkinson"s disease

Yes, especially thanks to Marina from Bookimed, for her sincere care and support

Apr 25, 2022

Everything is fine. Doctors, specialists. They know their business very well. But I went to the settings of the apparatus for deep brain stimulation. Therefore, I didn’t lie in the ward. The only inco... Read more

Dec 3, 2021
Parkinson"s disease

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