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Dr.Sadtler:”We are researching to quantify undetected cases of coronavirus infection"

A new clinical trial initiated by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) explores how much the coronavirus spreads nationwide than has been detected. Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, who heads the unit that conducted the experiment, answered the questions of Turk of America.

- Can you explain the details of your antibody clinical trial?What is the scope of the study?

Our study seeks to understand the proportion of undiagnosed cases within the United States in healthy adults. We will be testing 10,000 volunteers from across the country for the prevalence of SARS-CoV2 antibodies in their blood. 

-What is the main importance having the antibody tests?

These antibody tests allow us to understand where the virus has been, and where it has spread, and the true extent of the infection in the United States.

-I believe these are available at home blood collection kits. Is it different from antibody tests which is available at pharmacies or small medical clinics such as CityMD?

Our at home blood collection kits are exactly that – collection kits. They are not at home tests. When a donor sends their sample back to the lab, we extract the antibodies, then analyze them in the laboratory using an ELISA. This is different test than the rapid “lateral flow” tests that look like pregnancy tests. ELISAs are more sensitive, and we have the ability to run multiple different controls (samples that we know the theoretical outcome of, such as blood serum before 2019 when SARS-CoV2 didn’t exist, and blood from known COVID19 patients). This allows us to have strong validation on our tests, determine what level of signal intensity in our assays is determined “positive” versus “negative”, and ensures that what we measure is correct.

-If a person has antibodies that has prior covid-19 infection,does it mean that they are immune to Covid-19? Who is eligible to take the test?

We do not know for certain whether or not the presence of antibodies equals immunity. In partnership with serosurveys, we need to evaluate whether or not these antibodies can neutralize the virus (prevent it from spreading from cell to cell in a petri dish), what level of antibodies would then be protective, and ultimately, if someone has these antibodies in their blood, do they get the disease if exposed again. The work we are doing is a research study, not a medical diagnostic, and we are testing individuals who have not yet tested positive for SARS-CoV2 by nasal swab, and are not currently ill.

-`Where do you see the coronavirus pandemic going? Your prediction?

When we look at the death toll, it surpassed 60k.IHME prediction for death toll was 68k two week ago and now they revised to 78k.Do you think U.S. would reach to 100k death toll by August?

I am not an epidemiologist, so I can’t comment too much on this. Stay distanced, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe!

-What are your thoughts regarding the vaccine? How soon would vaccine be ready? 

I cannot comment directly on the vaccines, but scientists are working very hard on developing a vaccine, first testing to make sure it is safe, then testing to make sure it works, and then testing to make sure it really really works (more numbers of people tested).

Turkish-American Doctors are fighting coronavirus outbreak in NYC

Dr. Dogan: It is crucial to perform wide-spread testing.

I had chance to talk with a successful doctor working at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Özgen Dogan who is among the notable people in the Turkish-American society. Dr. Dogan said that situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was dire in New York and that they were literally working in a battlefield. 

Dr. Dogan emphasized the importance of conducting extensive tests as a solution, saying, “I also have infected colleagues in my close circle.” Stating that they could get some results in the fight against the virus with the local and anticipatory measures and networking, Dr. Dogan said the quarantine in the region of New Rochelle was a success. Dr. Dogan stated that Hydrox or plasma therapies were the treatments where the benefits were not yet proven, and tests showing immunity or infection development should be widely conducted while life returns to normal.

 It is noteworthy that Dr. Dogan states that healthcare professionals who have tested negative so far should be tested daily; she constantly indicates the importance of tests in the fight against COVID-19. Remarking there was a large number of coronavirus cases among African Americans due to their living conditions and lack of adequate treatment opportunities, 

Dr. Dogan stated that Apple and Google had an agreement to develop a joint application for the detection of coronavirus infections in the field of technology, which was a major development.

Dr. Kıyıcı: We are seeing the benefits of staying home.

In my interview with Dr. Nejat Kıyıcı, who served as president of the Turkish-American Medical Association and works at Montefiore Hospital, he stated they had many COVID-19 patients at the hospital and staying home was quite beneficial. 

He said the number of infected was at least thrice the number announced, and people were still unable to get tests. Stating that the number of cases and deaths would reach a peak in New York that week, Dr. Kıyıcı added there would be a further drop in the numbers if people stayed home for 3–4 weeks more. 

While stating the normalization process should not occur before June, Dr. Kıyıcı also emphasized that cases might increase if all areas reopened. He also said that even though the hospitals in New York were well prepared, nationwide measures were taken too late.

Message from a Turkish-American Nurse: We are acting very carefully and cautiously.

Necmiye Kacaroğlu, working as a nurse in a notable hospital in New Jersey, which is among the states with the highest death toll numbers, stated that her hospital was full of patients with coronavirus, and they were acting very cautiously. 

Expressing that they no longer had a lack of medical equipment, Kacaroğlu stated that there was a need for healthcare professionals; nurses, especially, were being transferred from elsewhere. Stating that her son worked as a police officer, Kacaroğlu expressed that the police and fire departments visited the hospital the day before, and such supports were morale boosters for them.

 Necmiye Kacaroğlu not only works as a teacher at the New York-based Atatürk School on the weekends, teaching Turkish children the Turkish culture and language as a mindful Turk, but she also works as a nurse at a medical service.

New Jersey COVID-19  cases rise to 81,420 with 4,070 deaths confirmed. New Jersey Officials report 3,026 new cases, but say curve is flattening.

There are over 11 Turkish-Americans lost their lives in New Jersey due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Dinlen

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By Melda Akansel -
Dr. Caner Z. Dinlenç uses a robotic surgical method to perform prostate surgeries without the need for a scalpel, removing this surgery from being many a man’s most feared nightmare. Also performing kidney stone surgeries with the same method, Dr. Caner Z. Dinlenç has been signing off on success after success in the United States with his team at the Beth Israel Medical Center.

Turkish Doctors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Cemil Ozyurt - According to our research, there are approximately 200 Turkish physicians practicing in the tri-state area. The majority of them obtained their education in Turkey, then immigrated to the U.S. Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Dentistry are the most popular specialties among the Turkish doctors currently practicing in the U.S.. They mostly graduated from prestigious medical schools, such as Capa, Cerrahpasa, Ankara University, and Hacettepe. If you  would like to highligted your name on the list and to get more information about page sponsorship please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

One of the Top 100 Dentists: Dr. Utku Ozan

Dentistry Today, the leading magazine of dental health in the U.S., every year publishes the list of the top 100 dentists who educate dentists with seminars throughout the country. Dr. Utku Ozan, who first entered the list in 78th place in 2005, took 8th place in the 2008 list. The list of the top 100 dentists, which was published under the title “Top Clinicians in Continuing Education” in the December 2008 edition of the magazine, was selected from a field of nearly 5,000 dentists. Dr. Ozan is the only Turk in the list, which is created according to the forms filled out by the dentists that participate in these education seminars.   


Journey of an M.D. from Kars to Newington, Connecticut

By Duygu Uckun
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Dr. Turgut Yetil has been practicing internal medicine in Newington, Connecticut for 12 years now. He has an extremely busy working schedule; being affiliated with three different medical institutions, he is sometimes on call 7 days of week - just like many other medical doctors in the United States. What distinguishes him from many others however, is, his story starts in a wood stove heated room in a small Anatolian city, Kars.

Heart Friendly Dr. Ozgen Dogan

By Melda Akansel - Unquestionably, heart attacks are the biggest health threat to people today and the medical community is making great efforts to try to solve this problem. Dr. Ozgen Dogan tries to call attention to the importance of a healthy heart by saying, “The number one killer in the modern world is heart problems and the heart attacks that are caused by this.” He also states that many things raise the risk of a heart attack, from bad nutrition to being overweight, from stress to not getting enough exercise. Dr. Ozgen Dogan practices not only at Columbia University and Long Island College Hospital, but he has also been one of New York’s most successful cardiologists, protecting the hearts of thousands of patients for the past twenty years at his own clinic.

Dr. Karatoprak Improves the Quality Of Life

By Melda Akansel-
Even though the secret of preventing aging or securing immortality has not yet been discovered, prolonging a healthy life or, in other words, improving the quality of life is no longer a mere fantasy. Anti-aging expert Dr. Ohan Karatoprak says that by correctly directing the genes in the human body it is possible to prolong the healthy and high quality phase of life. Dr. Ohan Karatoprak, who is one of the pioneers in this field, conducts research into anti-aging and obesity and he also works as a general practitioner in his clinic in New Jersey.
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