I'm saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Mario Joao Gomes. Mario was a great friend and supporter of ICS. He was instrumental in establishing the highly popular ICS Cadaver Workshop in Oporto, Portugal, as well as other educational activities. I'm sure all who knew him will miss his friendliness and quiet assured manner. An obituary from his great friend Jacky Cahill, Chairman of the Publications Committee follows.
Adrian Wagg. General Secretary, ICS
Mario Gomes was a dear friend and colleague not only to me but to many ICS members. He will be remembered as being a truly generous, kind and dedicated individual. Mario passed away this March 2015 after battling a long illness which he faced courageously. He was a private man and did not share this with many. Instead throughout his illness he continued his professional career as head of the Pelvic Floor Disorders and Female Urology Division, Hospital Santo Antonio, Porto, Portugal. He remained very active with ICS, for which he had great passion, namely hosting the 4th Cadaver Workshop in pelvic reconstruction in Oporto, Portugal, August 2014. He was a member of both the Publications Committee and the Urodynamics Committee, the latter being a long standing research interest. He was also a member of the ICS-IUGA Female Ano-Rectal Function Committee. He participated as a working group member in the ICS Chronic Pelvic Pain Group and the IUGA-ICS Joint Working Group on Conservative Management.
An accomplished Urologist, his latest appointment was as Founding Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Pelvic Floor Unit in Oporto Hospital Center, Oporto, Portugal. He was a member and reviewer on several editorial boards and was active in many International incontinence societies and educational organisations. He was Vice-President of the Ibero-American Neurourology and Urogynecology Society (SINUG) and a member of the EAU Section EFFSU.
Dr. Gomez will be greatly missed by all of those he touched via his many roles in life. On behalf of the ICS Trustees, membership and staff our sympathies go out to his family. Mario will be remembered as a genuine man, always ready to lend a hand and go the extra mile on both a personal and professional level.
Obituary by Jacky Cahill on behalf of the Publications & Communications Committee.