Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


A tribute to Professor Robert Schoysman (1928 – 2016)

W. Ombelet 1, J Gerris 2, M. Merckx 3

1 Editor “Facts, Views and Vision in ObGyn”, Genk Institute for Fertility Technology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg, Schiepse Bos 6, 3600 Genk, Belgium;
2 President Flemish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Women’s Clinic, University Hospital Ghent, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium;
3 Division of Pediatric Gynaecology, University Hospital St Pieter and Erasmus Brussels & ICRH Ghent Belgium 

Published online: Dec 08 2016


We honour the life of Robert Schoysman a pioneer and visionary in reproductive medicine, internationally renowned gynaecological surgeon and one of the pio- neers of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Belgium. From the early sixties he was interested in different options of male infertility treatment, including surgery and donor insemination. He was the pioneer of microsur- gical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) and SUZI (subzonal sperm injection) in the early nineties. For those who were privileged to have worked with him he was a friend, a dedicated mentor and an enthusiastic teacher with vision and endless imagination.