Ben Willem Mol
Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ben Willem Mol is Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide. He is focused on the organisation of multi-centric evaluative research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. As a Professor, Mol considers his most important task to be the stimulation and innovation of evaluative research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. His professional adage is ‘A day without randomisation is a day without progress.'
Mol studied Medicine at the University of Amsterdam. From 1993 to 1997, he worked in the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the AMC. In 1999 he obtained his doctorate with honours at the Faculty of Medicine of the UvA with his dissertation entitled Evaluating the effectiveness of diagnostic tests: tubal subfertility and ectopic pregnancy. Between 1997 and 2003 he was trained as a Gynaecologist at the Máxima Medical Centre (Máxima Medisch Centrum, MMC) in Veldhoven, the University Medical Centre (Universitair Medisch Centrum) in Utrecht and the Tweesteden Hospital (Tweestedenziekenhuis) in Tilburg. Since 2002, Mol has been a Senior Researcher in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the AMC. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a Gynaecologist-Perinatologist at the MMC in Veldhoven. Mol is chairman of the Guideline Commission (commissie Richtlijnen) and member of the Scholarship Commission (commissie Wetenschap) of the Dutch Association for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Obstetrie en Gynaecologie, NVOG).
As of 2014, Mol has been appointed as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide. Mol has co-authored > 500 peer reviewed publications, of which some have been published in high-impact journals such as NEJM (2), Lancet (7), JAMA (2), PlosMedicine (1) and BMJ (9).
Ben Willem Mol
As a professor, Professor Ben Willem Mol considers his main task to be mentoring and training young researchers and medical doctors in their first steps in research. Since he obtained his own PhD, he has mentored colleagues in their PhD, initially as co-promoter and since 2007 as full promoter. In the last 10 years, 48 PhD students have completed their thesis under his supervision with another 66 in The Netherlands underway to finish their thesis before the end of 2016.
His work is all about creating a better knowledge on womens' health. For Professor Ben Willem Mol "research is not so much on having a big brain, it is about having a big heart".