Craniovertebral Junction & Spine Society

Dr.Mehmet Zileli has born in 1956, graduated Ege Medical School in 1980, finished residency program of Ege Neurosurgery Department in 1986, became Associate Professor in 1989 and Professor of Neurosurgery in 1996. He served as the Chief of the Neurosurgery Department in Ege University, Izmir, Turkey but left the university in July 2011.

He worked as a research fellow in Erlangen, Germany with Johannes Schramm (1987-1988) with a grant from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has also worked in Bonn, Germany (1991), New Mexico, USA and Phoenix, USA (1996, 1997 Prof.Edward C Benzel, Prof.Volker Sonntag) for short term as a research fellow.

Current Appointments

Chairman World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Spine Committee, 2017-present

Chairman ISMISS Turkey Chapter, 2018-2020

Honorary President, Middle East Spine Society

Executive Committee Member, Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2009-present

Past Appointments

First and Founding President, Spine Section of Turkish Neurosurgical Society (1995-1999)

President, Turkish Neurosurgical Society (2006-2008)

President, Turkish Neurosurgery Board (2010-2012)

Executive Committee Member, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Training and Education Committee (2009-2013)

President, World Spinal Column Society (2010-2014)

President, Middle East Spine Society (2011-2015)

President of the Asia Pacific Cervical Spine Society (2014-2015)

Executive Committee Member, AO Spine Turkey and Chairman of Neuro Education (2013-2015)

Congress Organizations

World Spine IV Meeting, Istanbul, 2007 (Program chairman)

6th Black Sea Neurosurgical Congress, Istanbul, 2009 (President)

1st Middle East Spine Congress, Istanbul, 2011 (President)

2nd Middle East Spine Congress, Izmir, 2013 (President)

Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Istanbul, 2012 (President)

World Spine 6 Congress, Jamaica, 2014 (President)

Asia Pacific Cervical Spine Society Meeting, Istanbul, 2014 (President)

Istanbul Spine Masters Course, Istanbul, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (President)

ISMISS Turkey Meeting, Istanbul, 2015 (Honorary President)

Vise President of the World Neurosurgery Congress (WFNS),Istanbul, 2017

Moderator of Izmir Spine Surgery days (once in a month since 2004)

Chairman of the Spine Surgery Courses in Izmir. The courses are organized since 1997 and have been named as “Dr.Mehmet Zileli Advanced Spine Surgery Course” by Turkish Neurosurgical Society. In 2018 it was the 18th meeting.


Turkish Science and Technology Association grant (1974-1980)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Grant (1987-2001)

Second prize winner of “Poster Presentations Award” of 40th Congress of German Neurosurgical Society (1989)

Nurhan Avman Neurological Scienes Award, First Prize (1989)

First prize winner of a Best Poster Award "Cervical Spine Research Society, European Section” Meeting, Rome, Italy (2005)

Best Research Paper Award, Federation of Turkish Pathology Societies, Turkish Journal of Pathology (2009)

Honorary Member, “Indian Neurospinal Foundation” (2009)

Turkish Neurosurgical Society Outstanding Service Medal (2009)

“Indian Neurospinal Foundation” Life Time Achievemnet award (2016)


Educational Activities

Dr.Mehmet Zileli has important contributions to education and training of spine surgeons in Turkey, by organizing 15 courses on spine surgery since 1997, three cadaver courses (2003, 2005, 2010). He has also been the host of the “Travelling Fellowship of Spine Society of Europe” (2002, 2003, 2004).

He is the founder of the first spine fellowship program in Turkey that served many national (35) and international (45) fellows.


He is the author or co-author of 155 scientific articles (74 international, 81 national), editor of 9 books, author of 24 international and 81 national book chapters. He has presented 426 papers or conferences in international meetings and 342 in national meetings. H index is 14, number of citations are 1483.

He is the member of 14 national and 20 international medical societies. He is the editorial board member and/or reviewer of 35 scientific medical journal.

Other than native language of Turkish, he speaks English and German in fluent level. He is merried and father of two daughters.