Prof. Volkan Adsay, M.D.


Head of Department

Prof. Volkan Adsay, M.D.
  • He has served as President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.
  • He has served as President of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.
  • He served as President of the North American Branch of the International Academy of Pathology.
  • Member of numerous organizations and committees, including the Education Committees, in the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Pathology Committee, the Pathology Committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology Executive Council, the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the College of American Pathologists.
  • He was Director of the Anatomic Pathology Department in Emory University (USA).
  • He was granted the title “Professor” by the Wayne State University, Emory University and Koç University.
  • He is listed in Best Doctors of America, Top Doctors of America and Who’s Who in Science.
  • He made more than 300 international lectures and participated in numerous courses.
  • Member of the Editorial Board in 6 international journals (managing and associate editor in two of them) and reviewer in more than 20 journals.
  • He authored more than 15 book chapters in the tumor classification guidelines of the WHO (World Health Organization).
  • He is the author of the most renowned oncology, surgery and pathology “textbooks” on the diseases of pancreas, biliary systems, the ampulla of Vater and gall baldder.
  • He is the holder of “outstanding researcher” degree given by the National Institute of Health (USA), he is the member of the Pancreas Cancer Progress Review Group and he has been uninterruptedly awarded grant for 20 years.
  • He is the holder of numerous education and research awards (American Association of Cancer Research Award, GIPS Jack Yardley Investigator Award, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scientist Award)
  • He has the certificate of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Board of the American Board of Pathology and of the Pathology Specialty granted by Turkish Ministry of Health.
  • He is Oncologic Pathology Fellow and Chief Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, U.S.A.
  • Prof. Volkan Adsay, M.D., has been awarded the 2021 International Academy Award in the Health and Life Sciences Category by the TUBA (Turkish Academy of Sciencesas one of the first pathologists to define intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm and as a pioneer in identification of tumor types like intraductal oncocytic papillary neoplasm of pancreas and pancreatic colloidal carcinoma as well as in diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of various diagnostically difficult diseases such as paraduodenal pancreatitis.
  • Principal areas of clinical interest:
    • Oncologic (cancer and other tumors) pathology; classification and prognostication,
    • Tumors and diseases of pancreas and the ampulla of Vater,
    • Diseases of the gall bladder and the biliary tree,
    • Gastrointestinal system disorders,
    • Liver tumors.


Education Institution Year
Fellow of The Woodruff Leadership Academy Robert W. Woodruff Health Science Center, Emory University; Atlanta, ABD 2010 - 2011
Surgical Pathology Fellow (Post-graduate) Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, U.S.A. 1996 - 1997
Oncologic Pathology Fellow (Fellow and Chief Fellow - Post-graduate) Memorial Sloan-Ketter Cancer Center, New York, NY, U.S.A. 1994 - 1996
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Fellow (Fellow and Chief Fellow) Lenox Hill Hospital, New York University, New York, NY, U.S.A. 1990 - 1994
Otolaryngology Residency (not completed) School of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara 1988 - 1990
Medical Education School of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara 1982 - 1988


Title Institution Year
School of Medicine, Koç University, Istanbul Professor / Head of Pathology Department 2018 - To date
Medical College of Wisconsin, ABD Professor / Pancreatobiliary Pathology Research Director 2017 - 2018
Emory University Hospitals, Atlanta, GA, ABD Professor / Director of Pathology Department 2007 - 2017
Wayne State University and The Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI, ABD Professor / Director of Tissue Bank 2005 - 2007
Emory University Hospital Midtown Hospital, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. Professor / Head of Pathology Department 2009 - 2016
Detroit Medical Center Laboratories, Wayne State Universityi, Detroit, MI, U.S.A. Associate Professor / Director of Immunohistochemistry Laboratory 2002 - 2007
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Chief Fellow 1995 - 1996
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY Chief Fellow 1992 - 1994