In the person of Prof. Fuat Oduncu, the Helios Hospital Munich West has gained a particularly renowned Chief Physician for the new Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care. As a result, not only has the oncology care in the metropolitan area of the Bavarian state capital been vitalized, but the academic teaching hospitals of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich has also acquired a versatile and dedicated specialist who has also distinguished himself in such different fields as medical ethics, health care economics, quality management and Cancer research. A man who, by the way, speaks nine languages.
The news has spread rapidly in professional circles far beyond the bounds of Munich: Prof. Fuat Oduncu has taken over the new Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at the Helios Hospital, Munich West. The service portfolio of the Head of Department is enormous because Prof. Oduncu is not only a specialist in internal medicine, hematology and oncology: he also possesses additional qualifications in palliative medicine, hemostaseology and medical quality management.
Internationally renowned in cancer research and medical ethics
Prof. Oduncu has also gained a worldwide reputation as an internationally acknowledged figure in cancer research and medical ethics. With this versatility, the specialist, who has also earned a doctoral degree in philosophy, is in exactly the right place to dedicate himself to setting up and developing the new oncology department.
Together with a team which is just as competent as it is dedicated, then, Prof. Oduncu not only raises his expertise in the field of oncology to a new level, he also guarantees high-quality treatment of patients with cancer conditions at university standards. The close collaboration with the hospital of the University of Munich and the CCC Tumor Center, Munich, also support this. The objectives targeted here by the Helios Hospital Munich West are very high but are absolutely realistic: together with the other specialist oncology disciplines at the hospital, a certified Oncology Centre is to be created here – an Interdisciplinary Cancer Center.
In development: Interdisciplinary Tumor Center – Cancer Center
Why Prof. Oduncu was exactly the right person for this position is explained on a number of grounds. For example, he gained extensive experience over eleven years as the Head of Hematology and Oncology in Medical Clinic and Polyclinic IV at the Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital in Munich. He was also the Site Head for the Inner City Campus of Medical Clinic and Polyclinic III for two years.
Internist, hematologist, oncologist, palliative care specialist, hemostaseologist and well-versed in a number of other specialist fields, as well as a philosopher and medical ethicist, a renowned humanities scholar with numerous other interests, Prof. Fuat Oduncu, MA, EMB, MBA has always been a highly active, inquisitive man. Born in Midyat in Turkey, he grew up in Fussen in Bavaria and, following a grade A high-school diploma, he initially studied human medicine in Munich, also taking classes in philosophy in the meantime, and always remained passionately true to his inquisitive nature.
Passionately inquisitive – and honored multiple times
He has studied in multiple places apart from Munich, for example, such as in Boston, Nijmegen, Madrid, Louvain and Padua, and has continued to undertake studies and gain additional qualifications. Already shortly after completing high school he was awarded his first honor, a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. Then, in addition, there were travel awards to Paris and Lugano, many other scholarships, prizes and awards such as the Vincenz Czerny Prize of the German Hematology and Oncology Association, the “m4 Award” of the Bavarian Department of Commerce and the German Federal Department of Education and Research, and ultimately, in 2018, the MeCumLMU Teaching Award for a variety of forms of teaching (Best Lecture, Best Seminar).
He has also been honored for some of his publications. These are also extremely numerous: Prof. Oduncu looks back on more than two hundred scientific contributions. These include noteworthy articles in specialist journals and books, and a number of contributions at conferences.
Prof. Oduncu is also a member of numerous academies and associations and, inter alia, is President of the Erick Frank Association for the Promotion of German-Turkish Relations in Medicine and President of the World Medical Association of Suryoye (WMAS). He is able to converse on the international stage as well as with anyone else because he speaks a total of nine languages. The polyglot oncologist is also committed in his free time: here, he campaigns for development aid, above all in India and in Africa.
This is, in fact, an extraordinary spectrum, with which Prof. Fuat Oduncu, MD, PhD (MA, EMB, MBA) will head the new Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at the Helios Hospital Munich West. And naturally, not just the hospital administration in the Bavarian state capital expects that a successful future awaits the new Head and his team.
Aspiration: Precision medical care and empathy
Prof. Oduncu’s treatment approach is precision medical care coupled with empathy. For example, Prof. Oduncu and his team treat and accompany patients with cancer conditions in a goal-driven manner, comprehensively, holistically, sensitively and competently through all phases of their serious condition, from the diagnosis through the treatment and to the follow-up care. A maximum of precision oncology is achieved thanks to the close cooperation in a multiprofessional team consisting of experts in a variety of fields (oncology, radiotherapy, surgery, radiology, pneumonology, pathology, gynecology, gastroenterology, ENT, maxillofacial surgery etc.), and an entirely individually tailored cancer treatment in accordance with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge is determined for each individual patient in the interdisciplinary tumor board.
End-of-life medical care – Palliative care
Palliative medical care at the end of life in our own palliative care ward rounds off the holistic care of the patient. The experienced team in the palliative care ward consisting of physicians, nursing staff, psychooncologists, social services, chaplains, physical therapists, etc. provides professional and empathetic care for patients whose condition is no longer curable. With personal care, the team alleviates physical and psychological difficulties and in this manner provides greater quality in the final phase. The patients’ relatives are also supported in this difficult phase.