Anne-Françoise Spinoit, native French speaker, (1980, Vilvoorde, Belgium) graduated as a medical doctor at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2006. She started her training in general surgery in Wallonia (Grand Hôpital de Charleroi; Hôpital de Jolimont) before she went on with her Urology residency at the University Hospital Picardie-Jules Verne in the Department of Urology and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant in the gorgeous city of Amiens, France. She went back to Belgium, in the Dutch-speaking part this time, to graduate as urologist from the Ghent University Hospital in 2013 en became Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU).
She started there her congenital penile malformations research line in 2011. She took also the chance during her residency to get exposure to robotics during her rotation in the OLV Institute for Robotic Surgery in Aalst ( Prof. Mottrie).
In 2013, she started a 2- years fellowship in pediatric urology in Ghent (Prof.Hoebeke), which is a JCPU official centre, leading to the title of Fellow of the European Association for Pediatric Urology (FEAPU). During her fellowship, she visited several centers of excellence : She obtained an EAU grant for a 3 months Clinical Visit at the Leeds Teaching Hospital (Prof Subramaniam) and visited the Lurie’s Childrens hospital (Dr. Lindgren en Dr. Liu) and the University of Chicago (Prof Gundeti) to improve her robotic skills in children. She obtained a national grant allowing cooperation with the Sisters of the Charity Clinic in Linz, Austria regarding research in hypospadias (Prof. Oswald).
A-F Spinoit developed a particular
interest and expertise in pediatric robotic surgery and hypospadias. Her PhD about ‘new insights in congenital penile malformations’ was successfully defended in 2015 and she became Fellow in Pediatric Urology in 2016. During the past few years,
Anne-Françoise Spinoit was author and co-author of more than 35 articles in national and international journals and keynote speaker at multiple national and international conferences. Her work was rewarded with many scientific awards and research grants. She is also reviewer for numerous urologic and pediatric journals and member of multiple urological associations, with a role as a board member in the Young Academic Urologist Expert group and was the co-foundator, with Bernhard Haid from Linz, of the ESPU Young Pediatric Urologists Club.
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