Prof Cavit Avci graduated from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine in 1968 and as general surgeon in 1974. He began his academic career at the same Faculty. Between 1977-79 he worked at the University of Paris V. After returning to Istanbul University, he became associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 1988. He retired in 2010. He continues to teach surgery and laparoscopic surgery, especially at Istanbul University’s Center for Continuing Medical Education (ISTEM), of which he is the founding president.
Prof Avci pioneered videoscopic surgery in Turkey and the region. He is the founder and president of the Turkish National Association for Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgery (ELCD) and former (2009-10) president of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Endoscopic Surgery Association (MMESA).
Prof Avci is also active in the field of modern medico-surgical education and training. He is the founder and director of the Audiovisual Education and Research Center of Istanbul University (ODVIM) and director of a group that organizes ISTEM and ELCD courses, conferences, and scientific seminars. He is the founder and director of the Turkish Telemedicine Project and a member of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH). He is an administrative board member of the European Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (SETeH). He is a regular speaker at conferences on distance learning and telemedicine. He has edited and authored a number of books, chaters and journals on the subject.
Prof Cavit Avci is a dual (Turkish and French) nationality. He is a contractual Foreign Professor at Paris VI University, School of Surgery, an honorary member of The French Association of Surgery (AFC), a member of the French Academy of Surgery, and the sole Turkish member of the French Academy of Medicine.
He is married and has a daughter who is also a doctor.