- Professor of Gynaecology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Head of the Department of Gynaecology, Université Catholique de Louvain’s Teaching Hospital, Bruxelles, Belgium.
Professor Donnez was a founding member and first president of the World Endometriosis Society from 1998-2000. Indeed, the idea of creating a society specifically devoted to endometriosis was born out of discussions between himself and other like-minded individuals, who felt it necessary to raise the profile of this debilitating disease and provide advice and help to those seeking it, be they clinicians or lay persons.
Together with his great friend and collaborator, Rodolphe Maheux, Professor Donnez set about establishing this new society, which would in time become a leading authority on endometriosis and a platform for the exchange of information and experience in the field through its world congresses.
Over the years, Professor Donnez has been instrumental in many WES initiatives and active in promoting greater understanding of endometriosis through his tireless work in this area. Back in 2000, he was responsible for the issue and distribution of a CD on endometriosis, the first major action by the Society to shed greater light on the disease in an attempt to advance knowledge and enhance treatments.
As one of the pioneers in the field of endometriosis, Professor Donnez has remained committed to this cause throughout his career.