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Dr. Johannes Bitzer, PhD
Dr. Johannes Bitzer, PhD
Professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland
“I am dedicated to women’s health because this field combines medicine with social sciences and preventive medicine with treatment, and it has a major impact on the health of women, newborns, and children, as well as on the whole of society, prosperity, and peace.”
Areas of expertise
  • Contraception
  • Menopause
  • Endocrinology
  • Aging
  • STI prevention and care
  • Sexual health care
  • Counseling and patient/health care provider communication
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Supportive psychotherapy in female health in the context of cancers
“I believe that good education about sexuality and health starting from an early age is essential because knowledge is power. Collaborating with Flo gives me the opportunity to empower women all over the world by providing information and advice on different health topics that affect their daily lives so they gain more control and a better grasp of what is going on in their bodies and minds.”
— Dr. Johannes Bitzer, PhD
  • University Hospital of Basel – Professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology
  • University Hospital of Basel – Consultant head of multidisciplinary consultation sexual medicine/sexual therapy, since 2016
  • University Hospital of Basel – Head of department of obstetrics and gynecology, 2014–2016
  • University Hospital of Basel – Head of division of psychosomatic and psychosexual medicine, obstetrics and gynecology department, 2010–2014
  • Advanced Study Center of the University of Basel – Director of the diploma of advanced studies in sexual medicine and codirector of the Basel course of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology
  • COST European Sexual Medicine Network Working Group 3 (university education in sexual health and sexual medicine) – Chair
  • Private practice and supervision of residents
  • District hospital in Banikoara, Benin – Co-medical chief
  • European Sexual Medicine Network Project – Chair
  • European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG)/European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Sexual and Reproductive Health Curricula and Exams – Chair
  • EBCOG Education Committee – Director of knowledge-based assessment
  • Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and associate editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine
  • Obstetrics, gynecology, psychotherapy, and psychosocial medicine – Postgraduate training
  • Work as medical student in Ghana, Peru, and the United States
  • Medical University Freiburg, Germany – Doctor of Medicine, 1979
  • University of Basel, Switzerland – Obstetrician and gynecologist, 1986
  • University of Basel, Switzerland – Doctor of Philosophy, 1993
  • University Heidelberg – Public health and tropical medicine
  • Institute of Psychoanalysis in Freiburg and Basel – Training in psychoanalysis
  • Undergraduate education in sexual health and sexual medicine
Academic memberships
  • Past president and current member of the executive committee of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
  • Member of the board and Executive Committees of EBCOG and EMAS
  • Member of the International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, European Society of Sexual Medicine, European Society of Menopause and Andropause Society, and Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine
  • Past member of the board of trustees of the International Menopause Society and chair of the education committee
  • Former president of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Awards and achievements
  • Gold Medal of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Appearances and publications in other media
International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology Webinar,
27 Oct 2023
Decision Making Process When Choosing a Treatment for Adverse Uterine Bleeding
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 104, no. 10, pp. 4660–66.,
01 Oct 2019
Global Consensus Positioning Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women
The Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 1463–91.,
01 Dec 2017
Female Sexual Dysfunction-Medical and Psychological Treatments, Committee 14
The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1–3.,
29 Jan 2015
The Pandemic of Violence against Women: The Latest Chapter in the History of Misogyny
The Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 2048–54.,
01 Aug 2014
Do Gynecologists Talk about Sexual Dysfunction with Their Patients?
The Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 10, no. 9, pp. 2127–28.,
02 Sep 2013
Center of Excellence for Sexual Medicine
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