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Dr. med. Dr.h.c.mult. Wolfgang Holzgreve, MBA, MS, FACOG, FAGOS, FRCOG

Wolfgang Holzgreve was born and raised in Germany where he graduated from the University of Münster Medical School. He also obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of California in Berkeley. He became a certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology as well as human genetics in Germany, did his postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive genetics at the University of California San Francisco between 1982 and 1984 and became Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Münster. In 1995 he was appointed as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. During the 13 years in this position he was the first German President of the Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Additionally for 12 years he was a Member of the Executive Board (Spitalleitung) of the University of  Basel Medical Center. During his tenure in Basel he had offers to become the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Universities of  Munich, Münster, Hannover and Manchester, also Chief of Obstetrics in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Stanford, and all of these offers he declined. After he had completed his Master of Business Administration Degree at the Lasalle University Philadelphia in Basel he was recruited back to Germany to become the Medical Director, Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO at the University Hospital of Freiburg. In 2010/2011 he has been on a sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, where he was doing research on Maternal-/Child-Health in Low Income Countries. In August 2011 he was elected as Physician-in-Chief (Medical Director), Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of the University Bonn Medical Center. In 2017 he was re-elected in this position as Medical Director and CEO of the University of Bonn Medical Center for further 5 years. The University of Bonn Medical Center has the highest ranking in research of all University Hospitals in North-Rhine Westfalia and the second highest Case-mix-index in Germany, which inicates the average severity of the cases treated.

Prof. Holzgreve´s main research has been in the area of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. Besides his involvement in the development of invasive techniques such as chorionic villus sampling, his emphasis in research and development over the last 20 years was Non-invasive Prenatal Diagnosis from maternal blood. His research resulted in more than 600 original papers, more than 10 books, Editorial Board memberships in more than 15 journals and more than1.000 scientific presentations. He was Editor-in-chief of the Journal Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy for many years, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, International Editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the Global Library of Women´s Medicine www.glowm.com. He received many awards including the Maternite award, the Liley medal etc., seven honorary doctoral degrees and is Honorary Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Fellow ad eundem in the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was President of many professional organizations such as the German Societies of Reproductive Medicine and of Perinatal Medicine in Germany as well as the President of the Organization of Swiss Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2017 he inaugurated a Master of Science Degree in Global Health at the University Bonn Medical Center in which he also teaches students from 15 countries.

Wolfgang Holzgreve was Treasurer of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG) of the World Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) for 6 years each. He is the FIGO representative to the WHO and UN in Geneva and has worked for WHO in many capacities. He is Chairman of the Board or Board member of various hospital boards and foundations, and is member of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina. In 2018 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse (Ordination first class) from the President of the Federal Republik of Germany.