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Ozlem D Suoglu was born in Istanbul in 1967. Admiring the doctors she had met all through her childhood, she went on to study medicine at Istanbul University School of Medicine and qualified in pediatrics early in 1997. She has been working in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department since then.

Dr Suoglu is involved in the Istanbul University Pediatric Liver Transplantation team as a pediatric gastroenterohepatologist. This was founded late in 1999, with the leading surgeons Professor Koray Acarlý and Orhan Bilge. Currently she is working as an active pediatric gastroenterohepatology staff member in Istanbul University Children's Hospital, which is one of the largest tertiary referral centers in Turkey.

Dr Suoglu is a member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver, as well as the Turkish Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the National Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Association. In 2002, Dr Suoglu was also elected as a member of ESPGHAN.

She is married to Yusufhan Suoglu who is an otolaryngology head and neck surgeon in the same hospital, and is the mother of their beloved son Yigit.

What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist/hepatologist?
When I was working as a fellow in pediatrics I noticed that there had been only a few pediatricians involved in gastroenterology and hepatology, although there had been a great deal of missions to be completed. Moreover, the endoscopy and endoscopical interventions excited me.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
Professor Giorgina Mieli Vergani - although she has never been my teacher. The only month I spent with her was enough for me to notice her humanity, justice, and never ending enthusiasm in hepatology, motivating everybody around her.
Which research paper influenced you the most?
I was influenced by M. J. Krowka's paper in which he discussed the prognostic factors for hepatopulmonary syndrome, and the effect of hepatopulmonary syndrome with progressive hypoxemia on the mortality and morbidity after liver transplantation (Mayo Clin Proc 1997; 72: 44-53). The other two papers exciting me very much were by Kuo et al. (Chest 1997; 112: 980-6) and Pilatis et al. (Liver Transpl 2000; 6: 85-91), both of which investigated clinical definition and indicators of portopulmonary hypertension.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
Unfortunately I haven't discovered any fact in medicine yet - I hope I will in the future. In the context of paramedical facts, I have discovered that you should not believe in what people claim, but believe in what people have proven.
What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
Not joining a sports club when I was eighteen and carrying on windsurfing.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To take part in the foundation of a National Children's Liver Organization, which will increase organ donation in our country. This would be achieved by increasing public interest and would provide a friendly environment for children with chronic liver diseases and/or liver transplants.
What is your greatest regret?
Not actively participating in sports after I started studying medicine.
How do you relax?
By listening to classical music, drawing and painting pictures, and cooking.
What is your favorite sport?
Swimming and almost all of the sea sports, including windsurfing.
What is your best place in the world?
Istanbul for a holiday because, although I love it, the traffic is too tiresome during working hours; and Naples for living, because of my nostalgic feelings about the two years I spent there during my teens.
What is your favorite film?
I was impressed by "Hair", in its pointing out that life might not go in the way you imagine, and that you can find yourself in a situation you had been against!
What car do you drive?
Fiat Palio.
What is your best electronic 'toy'?
My PC.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to read books other than medical ones except during the holidays. During my last holiday I read "Mutant Message Down Under" by Marlo Morgan.
Why did you get in involved in
Because it is inevitable for me, just like the internet itself - allowing me to keep up with developments in gastroenterology and hepatology, and communicate and share experiences with the gastroenterologists and hepatologists all over the world. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity of contributing to such an exciting and useful website.

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