We are sad to report that Nikolaus Veit-Rubin passed away on Wednesday January 20th.
Niko has been active internationally as a proponent of minimally invasive gynaecology and urogynaecology. He was well known as an organiser of scientific meetings including being on the local organising committee for the 2018 IUGA meeting in Austria and played a key role in attracting the ICS to Vienna in 2022.
Niko, after finishing Medical School in Vienna in 2004, completed his residency in Gynecology in Sion and Geneve, Switzerland obtaining the Swiss board certification in 2011. He then developed a particular interest in Urogynecology, obtaining a subspecialty degree in this field after a Fellowship at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London (UK) in 2014-2015. He was then surgical fellow in Nimes (France) with Renard de Tayrac in 2016-2017 and returned to Vienna in 2017 to join the Urogynaecology group at the Medical University of Vienna under the head of department, Heinz Kolbl and head of the Urogynaecology group, Wolfgang Umek. He was a member of the board of the Austrian Society of Urogynaecology and head of the scientific committee, member of the Austrian Continence Society, ICI-RS, ICS and IUGA.
From an academic standpoint he obtained the title of Privat Dozent and was awarded the “venia docendi” from the University of Vienna thanks to his intense research activity.
Throughout the years he made his great knowledge and skills available to ICS, becoming a pillar of the education committee, director of the ICS School of Urogynaecology and was to be the Local Scientific Chair of ICS 2022 in Vienna.
Knowing Niko for many years and remembering our years of collaboration, all the ICS meetings spent together, we are today deeply saddened. He was always giving of his time and acted as an amazing mentor and supervisor for many. He always put everyone at ease while still challenging the ways to improve patient care in innovative ways.
As all members of the ICS community who had the chance to know him, we will miss his great knowledge, his good humour, warm heartedness, and generosity. He was happy to speak about a wide range of subjects and was always very good company. He leaves behind a family including three children.
He will be deeply missed and leaves us today a great gap.
Our deepest condolences go to his family.
Julien Renard, Vik Khullar and Wolfgang Umek on behalf of the Board of Trustees and ICS Office staff