Professor Mirko Tos, the best otorhinolaryngologist in the World, passed away on January
16, 2018, in Denmark at the age of 87. His books are the leading textbooks used to
teach otologic surgery. He published nearly 700 articles and was the most productive
otolaryngologist at the peak of his career (1).
Prof. Tos was my mentor; I was probably his last student before he retired in 2001.
In addition, he has taught not only my Danish colleagues but also many others from
all over the world, especially from the Balkans. We have been his ambassadors forwarding
his concepts of treatment to our patients. I took the blessings of my patients and
whispered them to him during his funeral in Copenhagen on January 27, 2001. May his
soul rest in peace!
Prof. Mirko Tos, besides having many invitations from several countries, also visited
Trakya University and Edirne several times and gave important lectures here. His first
visit was in 2001, again in 2006, and his final trip was in 2010. He was the guest
of honor and the invited speaker at all three meetings: the 2nd Trakya Otorhinolaryngology
and Head-Neck Surgery (ORL&HNS) Days-New Advances in Otology Symposium, the 5th Balkan
Congress of ORL&HNS, and the Trakya Society of ORL&HNS Meeting on Secretory Otitis
Media, respectively. He was always happy for being in Edirne and never refused us
Prof. Tos was originally from Slovenia and moved to Denmark in 1957 (2). He became
a pioneer of otology and neurotology in Denmark and organized many important international
meetings besides being the author of his famous books. After his retirement from Copenhagen
University Hospital of Gentofte in 2001, he was appointed to a “first professor” position
at the University of Maribor in Slovenia in 2002 until 2011 (3).
In addition to his well-known textbooks, he has several surgical techniques for the
treatment of ear diseases, classifications, and theories for otologic pathologies.
His classification of cartilage tympanoplasties was first published in 2007 in his
article published in the Trakya University Medical Faculty Journal, currently entitled,
the Balkan Medical Journal (4). Additionally, he served as a member of the International
Advisory Board at our journal between 2005 and 2016. His contribution to our journal
was also very essential during the journal’s evaluation process for the Science Citation
Index Expanded (SCIE). His participation enabled the fulfillment of one of the election
criteria that examines the number of both articles and citations of editorial board
members and authors in that process (5).
One of the memorable mottos of Prof. Tos is that “speak depending on your own data!”
(6). He often advised and asked about “research.” Every patient was a new puzzle for
him; thus, he individualized the treatment of each case. These two concepts-evidence-based
and personalized medicine-are relatively new approaches to the modern treatment of
diseases, which I learned from him 17 years ago.
Denmark was the best country in the world regarding the number of articles published
in SCIE per number of inhabitants during the end of the 90s (7). This status was mainly
due to Prof. Tos’ and his co-authors’ publications (1). He never stopped, always asked
new questions, and gave us ideas to search for; i.e., most of these questions he mentioned
at the end of his article, which was published at our journal (4), have not been answered
Prof. Tos has also been the Honorary Member of the Balkan Society of ORL&HNS and the
Trakya Society of ORL&HNS. We have shared many memories, which are not forgettable
(8). He has been “the Idol in Otolaryngology” and will always be our guide in our
practice, with his principles and manuals.