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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Medical Education - Marmara University Faculty of Medicine
Fellowship - Innsbruck University Hospital
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Education - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Marmara University Faculty of Medicine
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Education - Marmara University Faculty of Medicine
- Director, Maxillofacial Trauma
- Director, Lower Extremity Reconstruction
- European Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Professor of Plastic Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
Breast surgery, reconstructive surgery including microsurgery, lower extremity, trunk, head and neck, facial reconstruction, maxillofacial soft tissue and bone injuries, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers
Awards & Honors
- Surp Pirgic Armenian Hospital Foundation Scholar: 1984-1991
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholar: 1984-1991
- Graduation from Marmara University School of Medicine first in class with the highest grades and Valedictorian (1991)
- Second place clinical paper “The use of free vascularized fibula bone grafts in mandible reconstruction” in the 16th Turkish Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Congress. Ankara, Turkey, October 1-4 (1994)
- Best Clinical Paper Award “Bifrontal Approach in Unilateral Coronal Synostosis” in the 17th Turkish Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Congress. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, September 20-25 (1995)
- The 2001 Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Grant Award with a research project entitled “Histological Evaluation Of Chemical Peels In The Yucatan Minipig.”
- The Best Scientific Paper Award “The Effect of Pretreatment with Adenovirus-mediated VEGF Therapy On Epigastric Flap Survival: A Time-Response Study” in the 44th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Toledo, Ohio, June 8-10 (2001)
- Second place scientific paper award “Phenol-croton Oil Peel: The Science behind the Myths” in the 44th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Toledo, Ohio, June 8-10 (2001)
- The 2001 Best Video Award Winner Reproductive Surgery Category “Autotransplantation of an Entire Ovary with Vascular Anastomosis” in American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fifty-seventh Annual Meeting, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, October 20-25 (2001)
- The 2001 Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Grant Award with a research project entitled “VEGF Gene Therapy To Stimulate Peripheral Nerve Regeneration After Nerve Crush Injury”
- The 2002 Society for Reproductive Surgeons Prize Paper Award “Transplantation of intact frozen-thawed mammalian ovary with microvascular anastomosis” at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fifty-eighth Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, October 12-17 (2002)
- The best poster paper “Der distal gestielte M.abductor hallucis Lappen: eine neue Anwenung”: (The distally-based abductor hallucis muscle flap: a new application). in 40. Jahrestagung Osterreichische Gesellschaft fur Plastische, Ästhetische und Rekonstruktive Chirurgie (The 40th Annual Meeting of Austrian Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery). Salzburg, Austria, October 18-19 (2002)
- The 2003 Best Video Award Winner Reproductive Surgery Category “Use of Deep Inferior Epigastric Vessels to Vascularize Cryopreserved-thawed Ovarian Grafts” in American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fifty-ninth Annual Meeting, Henry B.Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, October 11-15 (2003)
- Acquisition of Green Card in the ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ category through achievements and accomplishments in the medical and surgical career (2005)
- The best challenge the master case in genitourinary reconstruction category with “Penile replantation in a schizophrenic patient with self inflicted amputation” in the First Mayo Clinic Symposium in Reconstructive Microsurgery, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, June 4-7, (2009)
- Outstanding Clinician Award, Denver Health Medical Center (Denver General) (2011)
- Second place runner-up in best Video Discussion of 2013 Contest for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal “The Role of Chronic and Perioperative Glucose Management in High-Risk Surgical Closures: A Case for Tighter Glycemic Control” Video Discussion by Raffi Gurunluoglu, MD
- Approval by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for admission to the American Board of Plastic Surgery exams, December 3 (2013)
- Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, November 14 (2015)
- Cleveland Clinic, Department of Plastic Surgery, the first total face transplant in the U.S.A (3rd face transplant at Cleveland Clinic), May 4-5, (2017)
- The American College of Surgeons
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The Plastic Surgery Research Council
- The Turkish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
- The Turkish Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
- The International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS)
- The European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS)
- Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons
Research & Publications
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80 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.7|
|Knows Medical History||4.5|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.5|
6 Patient Comments
Reviewed on May 9, 2019
Dr. Raffi is my surgeon and it was great that he allowed the mood to be light and witty, because surgery period is scary. He was also very courteous to my aunt who had came with me to my surgery and post op appt.
Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019
it was a very disappointing visit. Dr. Raffi did not even come close to me and stood at the door. He did not want to hear what I had to say. I have several wounds and all that he did was give his opinion from paperwork that I had sent from my doctors. Dr. Raffi needs to realize that I am a patient coming for a "professional " opinion. Not from someone that stood at the door and never introduced himself and heard what I had to say or even looked at my wounds.
Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019
This doctor is the best. He took plenty of time with me to prepare me for an upcoming procedure, answered all of my questions, and it felt like he cared but also like he knows what he is doing. You can't get a better plastic surgeon!
Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019
the doctor and all nurses/assistants were truly caring people. one of the best appointments I've had
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018
Dr. Raffi G. did an excellent job of listening and providing informationmation. Most importantly, he explained why he wanted to refer me to a vascular surgeon, also associated with the Cleveland Clinic. The resulting office visit with Dr. G. Anton was arranged for me before I left the floor. I am thrilled with the results and have to thank Dr. Raffi G. for his concern and helpful recommendation.
Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Rafi called me himself to get me in for my one year follow up and his team was very helpful in resolving a billing issue.
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