16 Mar In loving memory of Prof. Dr. Sven Skouby
Prof. Dr. Sven Skouby passed away.
It is with great sadness that we have been reached by the announcement that Professor Sven Olaf Skouby passed away on March 13, 2023.
Sven Skouby will be sadly missed by the whole society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and remembered for his deep engagement in teaching, research, and clinical care. He was a founding (1988) and later president (2000-2004) of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) where he never missed either the scientific or social parts of the conferences. He served many periods on the ESC board and as a member of the executive committee and was the driving force in organizing the ESC congress in Copenhagen as Congress President of the ESC First Global Conference on contraception, reproductive and sexual health, in May 2013.
Sven Skouby was a front figure in our field and a mentor for many of us. He was born in 1948, received his MD in 1974, was awarded a Ph.D. (on gestational diabetes) in 1987, and was appointed professor at Copenhagen university in 1999. In 2008 he became head of the fertility clinic at Herlev Hospital. A position he held until his retirement in 2021.
Sven Skouby held numerous positions, titles, and leadership roles. He attended a huge number of conferences and delivered inspiring and educational presentations on national and international occasions. He was active in the whole field of reproduction from fertility control to assisted reproduction and menopause management. He was engaged in the Family planning association in Denmark (Sex og Samfund). Sven Skouby was awarded the ESC medal at our latest ESC congress (16th ESC Congress) in Ghent Belgium, in May 2022.
Sven will be greatly missed by the ESC and remembered for his long life and service in medicine and research, as an inspiration for younger colleagues, and as a pedagogic and inspiring lecturer. Most of all we will miss his engagement and sense of humor as well as his great spirit on the ESC dance floor.
Professor Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Past President
Professor David Serfaty, founding member and Past President
Associate Professor Helena Kopp Kallner, President
On behalf of the Executive Committee: Helena Kopp Kallner, Ali Kubba, Teresa Bombas, Johannes Bitzer, Manuela Farris, Christian Furau
On behalf of the ESC board.