Dr. Serdar Savaş

"Discovery of human genome
has initiated the era of personalized medicine..."

Dr. Serdar SAVAŞ

World Health Organization
European Programme Director, 1998

Dr. Serdar Savaş

Dr. Serdar Savaş since 2000 up to these days

Dr. Serdar Savaş is one of the very international pioneer physicians and scientists who implemented genomics into the personalized medicine field in the whole world. After having served as the World Health Organization Director of Programme Management of the European Regional Office, he returned to Turkey in 2000 and established GENAR Institute for Public Health Genomics in Hacettepe Science Park with unique researchers and scientists of Hacettepe University. GENAR is the second public health genomics research centre in Europe following Cambridge.

Serdar Savaş, having the National Nutrigenetics Advisory Board founded in 2004, organized the first International Nutrigenetics Symposium of Europe in İstanbul in 2005. By the participation of about 200 leading scientists from all around the world, the symposium hosting for all precious discussions has ensured vast steps to be taken in this field. Moreover, the first Nutrigenetics Association in the world has been founded by him as well. ‘International Symposium on Genetics of Chronic-Complex Diseases’ was held by Dr. Serdar Savaş within this association in 2009 and brought many international scientists together, particularly World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe and President of European Public Health Association.

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Dr. Serdar Savaş since 1960 up to these days

Having been born in Ankara in 1960, Serdar Savaş completed his elementary education in Ceyhan-Remzi Oğuz Arık Elementary School and graduated from Adana-Tepebağ Secondary School. Having studied as a boarder student in Kabataş High School between the years of 1974 to 1977, Savaş has completed his education respectively in İstanbul University İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul University Faculty of Law, University of London; London School of Economics and Political Science and University of London; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Starting his professional career as a physician in Diyarbakır Şehitlik Community Health Center, Dr. Savaş has also given his services as a physician in Adana Sucuzade Community Health Center and has been presented with appreciation letters during his service period. He has been assigned as the youngest health director of Turkey in Adana Provincial Directorate of Health by the Health Minister, Bülent Akarcalı when he was at the age of 26 and in the following period at the age of 28, due to the remarkable success he had performed during his service period, he has been appointed as an advisor to Ministry of Health by the order of Prime Minister of that time, Turgut Özal. During his service period of this task, he also conducted the preparation of ‘National Health Policy’ in order to implement the programme of ‘Health for All’ in Turkey by the World Health Organization. Having been a voice to an international extent for the situation of Turkish origin deportees of Bulgaria in 1989, he played a major role to draw the attention of the whole world to this incident. In 1991, he was assigned as a General Coordinator of Health Project by the Health Minister of that time, Yaşar Eryılmaz and Advisor, Tandoğan Tokgöz; then he was assigned as the youngest deputy undersecretary of Turkey at the age of 31 by Health Minister, Yıldırım Aktuna. He has conducted the organization of the First and the Second National Health Congresses, creation of Health Reform Programme, development of National Health Policy, implementation of the First Health Project financed by the World Bank, and creation of Second Health Project. Active representation of Turkey in the international sphere has made a way for an international health collaboration conference to be held in İstanbul which enabled the following countries to gather around in the matter of health and to sign for a collaboration for the first time after the disintegration of the Eastern Bloc with the attendees as Turkish origin communities around the world such as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, TRNC health ministers and senior managers of the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme. Such works of his have been deeply honoured as well.

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