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Inaugural speech by Heinz Kölbl on 12.4.

(Vienna, 10th April 2013) – Heinz Kölbl, the new head of the Clinical Unit for General Oncology and Gynaecological Oncology within the University Department of Gynaecology at the MedUni Vienna, is delivering his inaugural speech on 12th April 2013 (11 a.m., Hörsaalzentrum, HS 3, Währinger Gürtel, 1090 Vienna).

Motto: “All good things come in threes”. Heinz Kölbl has therefore returned to the place in which he received his training and completed the first stages of his career. Prior to this, he was in charge of the University Departments of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Halle an der Saal and in Mainz.

“The evolution of surgical gynaecology in all areas, the intensification of translational research in gynaecology and the development of new talent,” are Kölbl’s central objectives at the MedUni Vienna.

About the individual

Heinz Kölbl, born in 1957 in Vienna, qualified as a Doctor of Medicine in 1981 and worked from 1983 to 1995 at the 2nd University Women’s Hospital in Vienna. In 1990, he was awarded the Venia docendi in obstetrics and gynaecology (teaching qualification subject: “Functional and therapeutic aspects of female urinary stress incontinence”). In 1994, Kölbl was appointed Deputy Director of the University Women’s Hospital in Vienna.

Following visiting professorships in the USA (University of Tucson, University of Los Angeles), he was appointed Director of the University Department of Gynaecology and Outpatient Clinic at the Martin Luther University in Halle an der Saale in 1999 and Board Member and Deputy Director of the Coordination Centre for Clinical Studies at Halle-Wittenberg's Faculty of Medicine in 2001 (specialising in oncology). From 2003 to 2012, Kölbl was Director of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department and Outpatient Clinic in Mainz. Since 1st October 2012 he has been Head of the Clinical Unit for General Oncology and Gynaecological Oncology within the University Department of Gynaecology at the MedUni Vienna.

Kölbl has received numerous international awards, is a member of numerous international societies such as the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina or the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, was also President of the European Urogynaecological Association (from 2003 to 2008) and has authored more than 400 publications.