Univ. Prof. Dr. Wilfried Feichtinger

Curriculum Vitae

Born October 19th, 1950 in Vienna-Döbling
Married to Brigitte Feichtinger, seven children

Education:

1957–1961 Elementary school in Vienna Leopoldstadt.
1961–1969 High school (3rd district of Vienna, Hagemüllergasse 30), graduated June 10th, 1969
1969–1975 Medical student at the Medical University of Vienna; graduated with a doctorate in Alternative Medicine on May 16th, 1975
1977–1982 Training in gynecology and obstetrics at the Second University Women’s Clinic Vienna
1979 One month studying abroad at the University Hospital Lomé/Togo (operative gynecology and obstetrics)

Dissertation
1986 Reproductive Medicine, assigned to the Second University Women’s Clinic
1991 Dissertation - Gynecology and Obstetrics

Work experience:

1975 Resident in the Internal Department of Baden Hospital, just outside Vienna
1976 Transfer to Gynecology and Obstetrics Department
1977–1982 University Assistant at the Second University Women’s Clinic in Vienna
1982–1983 Representative of the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department at the Friesach/ Carintia Hospital (temporary replacement)
1983 Establishment of the Institute for Endocrinology of Reproduction and In Vitro Fertilization, in cooperation with Dr. Peter Kemeter in Vienna-Hietzing
Since 1991, Director of Medical Affairs at the Institute for Sterility Care in Vienna-Hietzing, renamed in 2002 to the Wunschbaby Zentrum – Institute for the Desire to Have A Child

Publications:
January 1979, England - British researchers Steptoe und Edwards give speech on extra-corporeal fertilization; since then engaged in the field of “In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer” and gynecological endocrinology at the Second University Women’s Clinic

1979–1982 Head of the in vitro fertilization program at the Second University Women’s Clinic, resulting in the birth of the first Austrian “test-tube baby” in August, 1982

Research results:
1982 First IVF-baby born in Austria

1984 Development of the ultrasonic transvaginal follicle puncture in cooperation with the Austrian ultrasound company “Kretz-Technik

1990 Introduction of Laser-Assisted Hatching to ease nidation of fertilized eggs in the womb and development of the laser instrument in cooperation with the firm “LISA-Laser”

2000 Further development of ultrasonic techniques enables the first 3D-view of mature eggs

2005 First successful preimplantation diagnostics in the Wunschbaby Zentrum in cooperation with geneticist University Professor Dr. Markus Hengstschläger; Feichtinger developed the laser, used to extract the polar bodies of an egg to be tested for genetic defects

Presentations and lectures:
“Selected Chapters from the Field of Reproductive Medicine (Physiological Basics, Psychometrics, In Vitro Fertilization, Cryobiology of Human Gametes, Ethics)”
and
“Practical Introduction to In Vitro Fertilization and Cryobiology of Human Gametes, Laboratory Principles, Participation in Scientific Experiments (elective course in § 13 StG.)”; several students published in recognized scientific magazines

1987 Guest lecturer at the University Women’s Clinic, Basel: ”Gynecological Endocrinology and Sterility Therapy”

1988 Co-design of a postgraduate course at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, “Transvaginal Sonography: Clinical Applications”

1988 Co-design of a postgraduate course at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, New York “Autumn in New York ‘88”, “Reproductive Endocrinology: Practical Clinical Applications”

1988 until present: Visiting Professor at the Albert Einstein Medical College, Yeshiva University, New York, OB/GYN Dept., Reproductive Endocrinology Division and Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Conferences and Symposium organization:

1983 "Recent Progress in Human In Vitro Fertilization"
1986 "Future Aspects in Human In Vitro Fertilization" at the Hofburg conference center, Vienna
1995 Ninth World Congress “In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction”
1995 Representative at the Ninth World Congress “In vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction”
2002 Representative at the Fourth World Congress from A PART, Vienna

Since 1984, annual organization of the “Continuing Education Symposium for Specialists in Gynecology and Obstetrics” in Obergurgl, Tirol, in succession the Second University Women’s Clinic, Vienna and Austrian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics as the organizers of this symposium up until now

Activities abroad:

1990–1992 Official scientific cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Soviet Union, Scientific Research Center for the Health Protection of Mother and Child, Moscow, in line with a contract with the Austrian Federal Chancellery
Since 1991 Advisory council and co-founder of the fertility clinic “Kaali Intezet” in Budapest Since 1997 also in Szeged
Since 1999 also in Györ
Since 2003 also in Debrecen

Awards:

1991 Deemed Extraordinary University Professor by the Austrian Federal President

1996 Gold Schubert Needle granted by the Schubert Society in Vienna

1997 Honorable membership granted by the Hungarian Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics

2005 Silver Medal awarded by Councilwoman Renate Brauner as appreciation for services around Vienna and the outstanding achievements in the Wunschbaby Zentrum.

2006 Knight’s Cross awarded by the Hungarian Order of Merit for personal service with the establishment of the regional network of Kaali Institute in Hungary

Membership and Presidency:

1994 Awarded honorable membership by the Self-Help Association: Wanting to Have A Child

1996–2000 President of the Austrian Society for In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction, Austrian Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics branch

Since 1997, member of the FIGO Expert Advisory Panel on Reproductive Medicine (Federation Internationale de Gynecologie et d´Obstetrique)

1998–2005 President of the “International Association of Private Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinics and Laboratories“ (A PART)

Since 2000, Board Director of the Austrian Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics

Publications:

Over 150 international publications in top medical journals (Medline, Index Medicus) (as of 2005)

Several textbooks and conference volumes

Author of several popular scientific works, “Diet for those Expecting a Child” (Die Wunschkinddiät) and “Women’s Affairs” (Frauensache); Orac Publishing House, the latest published in multiple languages