Professor Gabor Kovacs AM (MBBS (Hons) 1971, MD 1995) is internationally regarded for his outstanding contribution to medicine. Currently the International Medical Director of Monash IVF, he has had a distinguished career both in general obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Professor Kovacs was a pioneer in the development and success of the Monash IVF program and assisted reproduction generally. He joined Monash IVF in 1978 and since then has established himself as a leading expert in IVF, ovulation induction, donor Insemination, infertility surgery, male sub fertility, contraception and sterilisation.
He has also played a critical role in advancing research – discoveries that have resulted in new technologies being made available to patients.
Professor Kovacs has retained connections with Monash throughout his career and holds the position of professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University. He has been a teacher and mentor to both medical students and young gynaecologists, while also contributing significantly to GP education.
His excellence as a teacher is widely recognised and he frequently lectures in Europe and Asia. In addition to his professional accolades Professor Kovacs has an impressive academic record, publishing more than 160 scientific papers and more than 50 chapters in textbooks. He has also written five books and edited six textbooks.
Professor Kovacs has been President of The Fertility Society of Australia, Family Planning Australia, Family Planning Victoria, and Chairman of The IVF Directors' Group of Australia. He was also a Councillor of the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for six years having chaired its Continuing Education and Women's Health Committees. He is a director of ACCESS, Australia's national infertility network.
Professor Kovacs is also an active and passionate spokesperson on ethical issues surrounding fertility and family planning. His authority, clarity of message and integrity has no doubt influenced public policy and professional Societies to recognise the key importance of reproductive health care.
Professor Kovacs qualifications include the MBBS (Hons) and MD from Monash University, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, CREI, FAICD and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University.
In recognition of Professor Kovacs’ exceptional career, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for ‘service to medicine in the fields of gynaecology, obstetrics, family planning and in-vitro fertilisation through research, specialist clinical services and education, and to the community.’
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Photo of Monash IVF researchers Associate Professor John Leeton, Dr Alex Lopata, and Professor Carl Wood courtesy Monash University Archives. Photographer: Richard Crompton.