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Prof. Dr. Vedat Sar is a psychiatrist serving as clinician, teacher, and researcher. He is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2007-2008) and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2013-2015). Having been affiliated with Istanbul University as a faculty member for more than 20 years (1989-2014), he is currently a Professor of Psychiatry in Koç University School of Medicine in Istanbul (2014- ). Dr. Sar is a consultant at the Koc University Hospital and American Hospital and has a private practice in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Sar has published more than 200 papers and book chapters on epidemiology, clinical exploration, and psychotherapy of clinical consequences of childhood trauma, complex PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and dissociative disorders. His work has documented the widespread presence of dissociative identity disorder and related clinical conditions in Turkey. As such he altered the predominant conception of such conditions as phenomena isolated to the Western world.
Dr. Sar has received numerous honors including the David Caul, Morton Prince, Cornelia Wilbur, Pierre Janet, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He was an advisor to the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Frontiers of Psychotherapy in Trauma and Dissociation, and European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. He is listed as one of the 150 most influential Turkish scientists and the 100 Turkish physicians in terms of impact factor.