Giants in Obstetrics and Gynecology Series: a profile of Zoltán Papp, MD, PhD, DSc, FACOG (Hon)
FACOG (Hon) is a pioneer in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and of human genetics. Regarded as largerthan-life among his peers, he is a physician polymath equally at home reviewing karyotypes and fetal ultrasound images as performing nervesparing radical hysterectomies for cervical cancer. He is the eighth successor to Ignaz Semmelweis as Professor and Director of the First Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the medical school at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He
... brought together human genetics and obstetrics, implemented routine screening for fetal congenital anomalies in the 1980s, described a unique genetic syndrome bearing his name-the VáradiePapp syndrome-and has mentored and trained leaders in obstetrics and gynecology. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the renowned Hungarian Medical Weekly (Orvosi Hetilap), where Semmelweis published his seminal work on childbed fever. After serving many years at Semmelweis University, Zoltán stepped down as Chair at the age of 65 to establish the Maternity Private Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Buda side of the Danube River. The overall view of his admirers and friends was articulated by Professor Leslie Iffy: "the intellectual center of the profession moved from Pest to Buda with Zoltán." For his numerous contributions, among many other accomplishments, Dr Papp is recognized as a "Giant in Obstetrics and Gynecology."