İhsan Doğramacı established seven foundations, all of which share the common objective of promoting human welfare through education and health care, including primary, secondary and tertiary education, medical education and public health with an emphasis on family health. The first three Doğramacı foundations were established in support of Hacettepe University in Ankara, and those three later jointly established Bilkent University, also in Ankara. Other foundations followed, two of which are outside the borders of Turkey.

Founding Foundations of Bilkent University and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra:

İhsan Doğramacı Education Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Science and Research Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Health Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Peace Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Erbil Foundation

İhsan Doğramacı Family Health Foundation (Geneva)

Contact information:
Office of the Board of Trustees of Bilkent University
Main Library Building
06800 Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 312 266 4180, 266 4596
Fax: +90 312 266 4678
e-mail: idv@bilkent.edu.tr

İhsan Doğramacı was born in Erbil, a part of the Ottoman Empire, in 1915. He graduated from the Preparatory School of the American University of Beirut and the İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine. After being certified in Turkey as a pediatrician he joined his parents in Baghdad where he worked in a children's hospital for four years. Then, with his wife and young daughter, he travelled to the USA for further training at Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital on a Harvard University program and subsequently at Washington University in St Louis. The family settled in Turkey in 1947. A complete CV is available on the Bilkent University website.