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Thank You To My Mentor, Dr. James B. Bennett

By Mehmet Demirtas, MD

Dr. James B. Bennett, whom I met in 1994 in Turkey, when he came for a meeting as a guest speaker, was a mentor by whom I had been inspired spiritually and conceptually.

On his visit to Turkey, I was honored by him accepting me as a visiting surgeon in 1995 at Baylor College, where I had the privilege to work with him.

As a matter of fact, I received my hand surgery fellowship Japan with Professor Kunio İbaraki between the years 1988-1990. My main interest was wrist arthroscopy and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. During this period, the program was beyond my expectations and I was given the opportunities to participate in a wide spectrum of cases including brachial plexus surgery and upper extremity surgery. However, thanks to all my training there, Dr. Bennett has been the one who has contributed to my personal and academic improvement in the following years.

He, being a very skillful surgeon, shared his knowledge and experience with fellows and staff was an invaluable mentor to work with. That is to say, his mentorship was invaluable due to his modest and confident attitude. His enthusiasm in teaching has inspired me as a young surgeon. Despite the fact that I was his fellow, he treated me with respect and gave me the confidence as a surgeon-to-be.

Dear Dr. Bennett, you have my immense thanks for all of the support you have given me. Your guidance and encouragement have helped me get to where I am today. I greatly appreciate you and value everything that I have learned from you. Working with you has truly been a pleasure and your contributions have been indispensable.

Thanks for your precious input, and friendship.

Mehmet Demirtas MD

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