Mel Kurtulus M.D., F.A.C.O.G
Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist
SDWH Medical Director
Director of Epicenter for Robotic Surgery, Scripps Memorial Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor, UCSD
Dr. Mel Kurtulus completed his training in Medicine at the University Of Illinois School Of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. During his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the Southern Illinois University Hospitals, he became interested in laparoscopic surgery and attended to a training program at the Advanced Laparoscopy Center, Stanford University. Dr. Kurtulus also completed a training program in Da Vinci Robotic Surgery and has been providing his patients with this minimally invasive surgical option.
Dr. Kurtulus has been selected to be one of the only 23 surgeons in the country and the only surgeon in San Diego to be an EPICENTER Surgeon, qualifying him to be the master surgeon, teaching other surgeons how to perform robotic surgery.
Dr. Kurtulus is the medical director of San Diego Women’s Health. In addition to his practice, he has served as clinical faculty, teaching the medical students, residents and fellows at the University of California, San Diego. He received multiple Research Awards, AAGL Achievement Award in Laparoscopy, an award granted by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, a professional organization dedicated to helping women with minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He is also the recipient of the Patients Choice Award.
He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is an active member of the American College of OB/GYN’s, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Achievements & Awards
AAGL Achievement Award
Resident Research Awards
Compassionate Doctor Recognition
Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award
Patients’ Choice Award
CREOG Achievement Award
ACPG-Burroughs Wellcome Award
Upjohn Research Grant Award
California’s Top 10 OB/GYN Award
International Congress of MIS
Advances and latest in Robotic Surgery
Technique and tricks for the treatment of endometriosis and Myoma with Robotic Surgery
AAGL Global Hysterectomy Summit
The role of simulation in hysterectomy training
San Diego, Ca
3rd Annual MESGE Congress for MIS
43rd AAGL Global Congress of Minimally
Virtual Poster presentation
Retroperitoneal Uterine Horn: Finding of a Uterine Didelphys with incoplete dublication of the Mullerian
Department of OB/GYN Scripps Clinic
San Diego, CA
Russian Department of Health GYN Congress
New Developments in GYN Robotic Surgery and Single Site Robotic Surgery
2nd Annual MESGE Congress for Minimally Invasive Surgery Robotic Surgery in Endometriosis
AAGL, World Congress
Teaching and Training in Robotic Surgery
Scripps Memorial Hospital MIS Symposium
Advances in Robotic GYN Surgery
Scripps Memorial Outreach Symposium
Grand Rounds, Scripps Memorial Hospital
Latest in Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Grand Rounds, Scripps Encinitas Hospital
Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Meeting
San Diego County Medical Society
Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery
North Coast Medical Group
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Channel 5 TV Interview
KUSI, Channel 10 Interview
Green Hospital Grand Rounds
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Congratulations Dr. Mel!
What is the highly coveted Patients’ Choice Award? It’s an honor that reflects the difference a doctor made in people’s lives through the exceptionally high praise granted to a doctor by patients. Every month, more than 40,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their experiences with their doctors. They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions. While physicians generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews across the board. Of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, less than 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2009.
Dr. Kurtulus, along with a select number of physicians nationwide, was selected based on information gathered from over 800,000 reviews and ratings of patients across the nation. Dr. Kurtulus was also the recipient of the 2008 Patients’ Choice Award.
Dr Kurtulus and the staff at San Diego Women’s health want to thank our patients for their continued support, making us a valued member of the greater San Diego community.
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
American College of OB/GYN’s
Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Southern Illinois University, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency
University of Illinois, Chicago, Internal Medicine Internship
Hacettepe University, MD
Am I royalty? 'No', but one would think so by the way Dr. Mel Kurtulus and his staff at San Diego Women's Health (Bethany, Office Mgr & Nurse Cindy) treated me. . .like royalty. I was experiencing lower pelvic pain/unexplained bleeding between menstrual cycles. So after a series of tests, I was referred to Dr. Kurtulus. Feeling a little control-freaky, I did some cyber research on him. Come to find out that his credentials are exceptional! He is highly-rated by patients, was given numerous awards and teaches the medical students & residents at UCSD. Impressive! Being an internal auditor is a part of my duties at the company I work at. So it's second nature for me to get into that observant mode. When I first entered his office, I thought I had made a mistake because it looks like an artistic, contemporary, model home! It was like no other doctor's office I had ever been too; with modern furniture/fixtures and black/white pictures that he had taken himself. Like his office, he is like no other OB/GYN. During the initial consult, Dr. K asked me a series of questions and he diligently wrote tons of notes. To find out the cause of my symptoms, I had to go through a couple of more tests to rule out cancer. Whew! I didn't have the Big C! However, after he did an ultrasound, it was discovered I had fibroids in my uterine wall & cysts on my ovaries. Ugg. Dr. Kurtulus advised that a partial hysterectomy & removal of cysts would alleviate any future problems. I agreed to the surgery & he discussed the surgical procedure using the DaVinci Robotics (Talk about thee state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery!). I only had 4 tiny incisions on my abdomen (one was in my belly button). I was up & walking that night with minimal discomfort. The nursing staff in 4East/4West at Scripps Memorial gave me the royal treatment as well. Within 2 weeks, I was walking the Smithsonian in Washington, DC! Impressive!
The best minimally invasive doctor in San Diego! I had a condition called adenomyosis with additional fibroids within the uterine walls. I was told It was about the size of a 20 week pregnancy. I went to 5 doctors searching for one that could do it without cutting across the abdominal wall (similar to a C-section). None of them would do it - not even Homer Chin, Director of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology @ UCSD. Then I found Dr. Mel Kurtulus. His bedside manner was wonderful and his staff is incredible. We encountered a few obstacles prior to surgery - low iron levels and bleeding, which he addressed and corrected within a month. He was able to get a surgery date quickly & the robotic hysterectomy went off without a hitch. Prior to the surgery he did state that if there were any complications or the uterus was too big he may have to resort to an abdominal removal. The uterus was the size of a volleyball, yet he was still able to finesse the beast out with the robot. Amazing!! I was told I was able to leave that day, but I made the personal decision to stay overnight. I was walking that night and cruising the floor of the hospital passing time until I was able to be discharged. I left the next morning with the doctor's blessing and I felt great! (a bit achy, but great) I only had 4 tiny incisions and one of them was inside my belly button and virtually invisible! I would recommend Dr. Kurtulus to anyone needing or entertaining a gynecological surgery. The time spent in the hospital was reduced (and thus the cost of staying over) and healing was SO much faster than any other method I had researched. Within two weeks I was back to hiking Iron mountain)
Dr. Kurtulus is great, and robotic surgery is amazing. I went from severe, continuous pain to no pain. I had only minor soreness from the surgery. The short hospital stay was pleasant, and I was ready and able to be home on my own the next morning. Four days later I drove myself to a 4th of July BBQ, and in less than a week I was walking farther than I have walked in years. After a week, I was back working out with my personal trainer. I feel so much better, I can't believe that anyone wouldn't want this surgery. I just had my two week follow-up appointment and it went great... don't tell anyone, but I went ballroom dancing last night. - S. Summers
– S. Summers
Dr. Kurturlus has chosen an amazing staff who also took great care of me with every pre-op & post-op visit. Bethany & Cindy are always friendly & professional. Everything is organized & thoroughly documented. They made sure everything was in order for my surgery to be approved! (Got to love those HMO's right? Uh 'No-no'). Love these Ladies! Impressive!
Dr. Mel Kurtulus is the best! He not only cares for your current health, but he is also proactive in your future health. He has the latest in medical equipment. I am a member of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Champions Committee & I was happy that he also offers the "Halo" used for breasts paps. If you're looking for an OB/GYN, Dr. Mel Kurtulus is an excellent choice. You'll be impressed too. When you see his pictures, you will be looking through the eyes of an artist. Artists see things the average person does not see. He has mastered the art of Gynecology/Obstetrics. Impressed & Grateful, - Christine
I sought out Dr. Kurtulus for treatment of uterine fibroids. He was understanding and respectful of my desire to preserve my fertility and recommended minimally invasive surgery. He recently was successful at removing several fibroids from my uterus with the DaVinci Robot. In just a few days after the robotic surgery, I was able to perform normal activites with few restrictions and was able to return to work within a week. I have had a traditional abdominal myomectomy in the past and was pleased at how much less pain and recovery is associated with the robotic myomectomy. I highly recommend Dr. Kurtulus for minimally invasive surgery. He is extremely knowledgable and thorough and both he and his staff are friendly, courteous and professional.
I highly recommend Dr. Mel Kurtulus for robotic myomectomy. I have had the traditional abdominal myomectomies in the past for fibroid removal and was out of work for over a month. This time I researched the robotic surgery and came across Dr. Kurtulus. After having the robotic surgery recently, I was back to work in less than a week! The quick recovery time is amazing and I will be able to conceive within just a few months. Dr. Kurtulus is very knowledgable and both he and his staff are professional and courteous.
I highly recommend Dr. Kurtulus. As far as these kind of appointments go there is usually a crowded waiting room and very long wait. I was seen by the doctor within 5 minutes of arriving. The office is wonderful, very nice and helpful. Dr. Kurtulus is so nice and professional, I was very impressed.As it turned out I needed surgery and he was amazing. I had a hysterectomy and did not need to say the night in a the hospital. I just had my 2 week post op visit and I am doing very well.If you need a great women's doctor you can't do better than Dr. Kurtulus.
Dr. Kurtulus is an advocate for women's health and offers minimally invasive surgery procedures to reduce the risk of infections, post surgery down-time, and pain. He takes care to schedule patients within a generous time-frame. thus giving patients adequate time to process information and ask questions.
I recommend Dr. Kurtulus for his excellent skill in minimally invasive surgery. i had a huge fibroid that he removed using the da vinci robot. i was moving around the same day of surgery with minimal pain and tiny incisions. i had been to other doctors before him and they either said open surgery or hysterectomy. i am happy that i came across him and it was all done without any problem.
I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Kurtulus and the da Vinci minimally invasive surgical system for any woman needing a hysterectomy. I would also recommend Dr. Kurtulus and his staff for any woman looking for a highly competent Ob/Gyn for annual check-ups. Dr. Kurtulus is a caring and compassionate physician, with exceptional bedside manner and exceptional surgical skills. His office is the epitome of efficiency; scheduling of office visits and hospital surgery is smooth and easy. The office ambiance puts one at ease, especially with the low lighting and modern furnishings. Regarding my own da Vinci robot-assisted hysterectomy, all I can say it that was "a piece of cake"! I was amazed and surprised, after the surgery, to find 4 little Band-Aids on my abdomen, one hidden in my belly button. The pain was minimal to non-existent, as I followed my post-surgery orders. Dr. Kurtulus takes excellent care of his patients and I, for one, am thrilled to be in his care!
My wife and I were on our way to North County OBGYN clinic for prenatal visits, and found out about Dr. Kurtulus (whose office is next door) by coincidence. He delivered our baby boy ten days ago, and my wife and I still chat about how lucky we are to meet Dr. Kurtulus. His knowledge, attitude towards his patients and operational skills are simply extraordinary. He made us feel so comfortable throughout the visits and during my wife's c-section, and did a terrific job of following up afterwards. We would strongly recommend him to any potential parents looking for an OB GYN.
– Ahyuz Family
DR. MEL IN THE MEDIA
Dr Mel has been featured on:
KUSI News San Diego
The American Dream
Modern Luxury Magazine
Plus One Photography
San Diego Union Tribune
Dr Mel has been featured on:
Plus One Photography