Prof. Fuat Shamun Oduncu, founder of World Medical Association of Suryoye, receives German Federal Cross of Merit

MUNICH, Germany – Fuat Shamun Oduncu, a professor of medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a specialist in hematology, oncology and palliative care, today received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his career-long work in cancer research, palliative medicine and medical ethics

The Order of Merit is an award in the name of the German Federal Presidency. Oduncu was nominated in October 2021, by the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder. Today, he received the Order of Merit from the Bavarian Minister for Science and Arts, Markus Blume, at the Bavarian Ministry of Science in Munich. Minister Blume praised the Syriac doctor and called him; “A gifted doctor, top-class scientist and far-sighted bridge builder”

Fuat Shamun Oduncu (51) was born in Habses, Mhalmoyto Region of Tur Abdin, and emigrated at the age of four to Bavaria in southern Germany. He studied medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU). He also earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the Jesuit’s University of Philosophy in Munich. Fuat Shamun Oduncu is professor of medicine at his alma mater and chief physician at the Helios Clinic Munich West since 2019. Before his current position, he headed the department of oncology at LMU’s city campus.

According to the official press release, Fuat Shamun Oduncu established an international network association for Syriac doctors, the World Medical Association of Suryoye, in 2017.