Dr. George A. Vilos, B.Sc, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FSOGC
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada.
Infertility Research Chair Professor
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr. G. Vilos completed a four-year degree in Medical Biophysics (1970), MD (1974), Fellowship of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Obstetrics and Gynecology (FRCSC, 1978) and post-graduate Research Fellowship on Bladder Physiology (1999) at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, Dr. Vilos received a Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) Fellowship to conduct research with Professor G.C. Liggins at the National Women’s Hospital, University of Auckland, New Zealand (1980). The main thrust of his research was to determine the role of Biophysical forces in growth and maturation of the fetal lung in sheep.
From 1980 to 1982, Dr. Vilos spend an additional two years as a Research Fellow with the Medical Research Council Group in Reproductice Biology at the University of Western Ontario with Professor J.R. Challis. The main thrust of the research was to determine biochemical and biophysical factors involved in growth and maturation of the sheep and human fetal lung.
Dr. Vilos was certified by ACOG in 1983 and has been appointed at the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario since 1982. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and full Professor in 1998.
In the 1990’s, due to departmental needs and personal interests, he switched his focus from research in fetal developmental physiology to a practice in gynecology and research in the development and advancement of minimal invasive diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for gynaecological conditions.
- His main focus has been to reduce the number of hysterectomies by providing alternatives to the three leading causes of hysterectomy; uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding and chronic pelvic pain. In addition, his research, practice and teaching include innovative techniques and instrumentation to minimize risks and complications associated with endoscopic surgery.
- He has organized numerous national and international courses teaching endoscopic surgery and has established undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs. He has published extensively in the areas of fetal lung growth and maturation, endoscopic surgery and complications, and hysteroscopic and nonhysteroscopic endometrial ablation for menorrhagia.
- He is a member of a large number of medical societies and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Evidence-based Obstetrics and Gynecology and ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals.
- Current interests include continuous evaluation of alternatives to hysterectomy providing endometrial ablative techniques for menorrhagia, blood supply restriction to uterine fibroids including a transvaginal uterine artery occlusion clamp and uterine artery embolization, and laparoscopic reduction of endometriosis for chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
- Dr. Vilos has published over 125 papers, clinical practice guidelines, and bookchapters in referreed journals with major contributions to medicine including:
- Biophysical and biochemical factors in growth and maturation of the fetal lung;
- Innovative techniques to minimize laparoscopic entry injuries;
- Identification, characteriziation and mitigation of stray electrical currents during resectoscopic surgery;
- Clinical pathways as alternatives to hysterectomy by innovative therapies to treat uterine fibroids (The Ontario Uterine Artery Embolization Trial, temporary Doppler-guided transvaginal uterine artery occlusion), abnormal uterine bleeding (first and second generation endometrial ablation technologies), and chronic pelvic pain (laparoscopic and medical treatment of endometriosis).
- Presently, he is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario, Coordinator of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and Co-Chair of the Surgical Complications of Pelvic Endoscopy (SCOPE – A Risk Management Course offered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada). He has chaired the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and was member of the CME Committee of the AAGL.
- Dr. Vilos is the recipient of numerous National and International awards.
- Since July 2008, Dr. Vilos is the Infertility Research Chair Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- He lives with his wife Emily and two children, Angelos and Christopher in London, Ontario, Canada.