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Ali Zirh


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

36 years of experience
1500+ treatments performed

Award-winning stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon from Turkey, working for over 30 years. 

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. Cooperates with Bookimed from 2018 and regularly trains and educates the Bookimed’s team for training and education in neurology.

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Certification & Accreditation

American Parkinson Disease Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

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Turkey, Istanbul
Medipol University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center (PARMER)
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with TOP Neurosurgeon (over 1,000 successful DBS)
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Assoc. Prof. Ali Zirh is a world renowned neurosurgeon from Turkey. He was born on October 8, 1960 in Ankara, Türkiye and completed his primary and secondary education in the same city. He graduated from Ankara Atatürk High School with first place, and he entered the Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. He graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine on August 31st, 1983 as a medical doctor. Between the years 1983 and 1985, he carried out his state service obligation in Gaziantep and was rewarded with a commendation by the Provincial Authority for his work in this period. He completed his military service in Istanbul in 1987 and was discharged.

In 1988, he started his specialization at Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery. In 1990, he attended the British Council in Glasgow and Edinburgh; the European Neurosurgery Association (EANS) in Warnemünde, Germany in 1989; Zaragoza, Spain in 1991; Jerusalem, Israel in 1992; Brudge, Belgium in 1993; and in 1994, he attended the World Neurosurgery Association (WFNS) training courses in Antalya, Turkey.

Glasgow Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1990, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburg in 1992, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia in 1992, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Washington in 1992, Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital in 1994, Department of Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1994 he visited and participated in clinical studies.

He became a neurosurgeon in February 1994. He completed his master's degree in neurophysiology at Marmara University Health Sciences Institute in March 1994. In September 1994, he completed the fifth of the European Neurosurgery Association's (EANS) training courses in Izmir, took the exams, and received his EANS diploma. On the same date, he participated in the European Board of Neurosurgery Primary Examination, passed successfully and certified.

In line with his field of interest, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, he attended training courses on "Stereotactic Target Calculation" and "Neurostimulation for Pain" in Çeşme İzmir in September 1994. "Stereotactic Neurosurgery Hands-On" in New-Orleans USA in November 1994, "Augmentitative Procedures for Pain" in San Francisco USA in October 1995, "Stereotactic Neurosurgery Hands" in New Orleans-USA in November 1995 , "Deep Brain Stimulation for Treating Parkinson's Disease" in Minneapolis-USA in May 1996, "Interventional Therapies Workshop: Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulation and Drug Infusion Systems" in Washington-USA in May 1996, "Surgical Treatment for Movement Disorders" and" Interventional Therapies in Chronic Pain Management" in Montreal-Canada in October 1996, "Management of Patients with Deep-Brain Stimulators, Expert Course and Workshop"  in Kiel-Germany in June 2001.

Dr. Ali ZIRH returned from the United States in 1997 and started to work at the VKV American Hospital, performing functional neurosurgery interventions and DBS insertion with the Microelectrode Recording and Stimulation technique at the single cell level, which is available in only a few centers in the world.

He started to work at Medicalpark Bahçelievler Hospital as of January 2009 and implemented these initiatives in a health institution where Social Security Institution patients could also benefit. He continues his surgical interventions at Medipol Bağcılar Hospital as of January 2015.

As of September 2018, he continues his academic and clinical studies at Medipol University's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center (PARMER).

Over 30 years of clinical and surgical experience in the field of functional neurosurgery, more than 1800 surgical interventions for Parkinson’s and other movement disorder diseases and more than 1300 DBS surgeries that he has successfully performed, made Dr. Ali ZIRH the first name that comes to mind in movement disorder surgery in Turkey and the adjacent geography. He enabled the center where he performs these surgeries to become a Training and Reference Center in the international arena.

Dr. Ali ZIRH is a member of the Turkish Neurosurgery Association, Parkinson's Disease Association, European Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, American Academy of Advancement of Science, World Federation of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Pain Society, World Neuromodulation, American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, The Movement Disorder Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). At the international congresses and symposiums of these organizations held in different parts of the world at least 4-5 times a year, Dr. Zirh shares his experiences with other colleagues at these meetings, and also follows the progress and developments in his field of expertise day by day.

Dr. Ali ZIRH has many publications published in international journals, eight book chapters, more than 150 congress papers and various national / international awards. 



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

  • 1995 Turkish Brain Research Foundation Award
  • 1998 Eczacıbaşı Scientific Research Medicine Encouragement Award
  • 1997 Award of the Turkish Neurosurgical Society
  • 1997 International Elekta Award for stereotactic and functional neurosurgery
  • 2017 Golden Palm Award
  • In 2018, Assoc. Prof. Ali Zırh at Medipol broke a Guinness World Record when 329 DBS patients gathered together in one place.
  • 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

Dec 27, 2023
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

I express my gratitude for your support and help. The clinic provided high-quality services starting from the airport. The doctor and all the staff are responsible and caring. We were very worried abo... Read more

Aug 4, 2023
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

The coordinator, the neurologist and the doctor were all very professional and through in their assessment during the video meeting

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

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

Sep 10, 2021
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

In cos ara include frees and meals of patient of accompagnateur. We Have paid his feeds.if possible, I prefer stay a hotel in the town near from the central the programmation center of stimulator

Nov 6, 2020
Parkinson"s disease

Professor Ali is a doctor from God! Highly educated, competent, knowledgeable, experienced and very pleasant person! We were prescribed drug treatment according to the scheme. In January, God forbid, ... Read more

Nov 18, 2019
Parkinson"s disease

It was a return visit, a wonderful clinic and a good approach. Thank you, I recommend you to my friends

Maisa Emneina
Sep 5, 2019
Parkinson"s disease

Our experience with Dr. Ali was amazing. He is very nice and knowledgable of what he's doing. Also, the hospital and all the staff were very good and cooperative. I totally recommend them, they deserv... Read more