Turkish Medical Association

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Turkish Medical Association
Türk Tabipleri Birliği
HeadquartersAnkara, Turkey
83,000 (2006)
Rasit Tukel

The Turkish Medical Association (Turkish: Türk Tabipleri Birliği, abbreviated as TTB) is the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in Turkey. Its membership of 83,000 covers 80% of Turkey's doctors.[1] It is affiliated to the World Medical Association.[1]

Membership is compulsory for self-employed doctors, but not for those employed by the government.[2] Its main source of income is membership fees, which are regulated by the Ministry of Health, but it does not receive any support from the government.[2]

In 2012, the Turkish government created a new organization, the "Board for Health Professions", giving it many of the responsibilities the TTB previously had, including maintaining and enforcing ethics codes. The TTB was entitled to appoint one of the board's 15 members, with the rest appointed by the government.[3]

On January 30th, 2018, several senior members, including group’s chairman, Rasit Tukel, were arrested after criticizing the Turkish military operation in Afrin.[4]


  • 2016-2018: Rasit Tukel
  • 2014–2016: Bayazıt İlhan
  • 2012–2014: Ahmet Özdemir Aktan
  • 2010–2012: Eriş Bilaloğlu
  • 2006–2010: Gençay Gürsoy
  • 1996–2006: Füsun Sayek
  • 1990–1996: Selim Ölçer
  • 1984–1990: Nusret Fişek


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b TTB, Türk Tabipleri Birliği; Nedir? Ne Yapar?
  2. ^ a b TTB, 17 February 2006, Turkish Medical Association (TTB)
  3. ^ Stafford, Ned (2012). "Turkish Medical Association calls for help to defend its role". BMJ. 344: e529. doi:10.1136/bmj.e529. PMID 22267656.
  4. ^ "Turkish doctors arrested after group criticized Syria offensive". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  5. ^ "Central Council".

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