Professor Berkarda was the first medical oncologist licensed to practice in Turkey and founded the Department of Medical Oncology at Istanbul University in 1974, the Turkish Society of Oncology and the Turkish Society of Chemotherapy. He also served as the Dean of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty (1979 – 1982) and the President of Istanbul University(1994 – 1998).
In recent years, Prof. Berkarda has been studying complementary methods of cancer treatment along with the standard orthodox therapeutic protocols. Unfortunately, it is well known that standard chemotherapy is usually ineffective especially in Stage IV cancer. More specifically, Prof. Berkarda M.D. has been investigating the roles of diet, nutraceuticals, hyperthermia and insulin potentiated chemotherapy to balance the inadequacies of standard chemotherapy.