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Fernando María Bonilla-Musoles (Valencia, 1944), is a Spanish obstetrician and gynecologist, with a special influence in Europe and Latin America. In 1982, Bonilla's team began to develop in vitro propagation techniques of Britain's Robert Edwards, in Spain.


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Bonilla was born in 1944 in Valencia, Spain. He is a son of Sir Francisco Bonilla Martí and Lady María Dolores Musoles Barber. He is married and has three children. He comes from a family of gynecologists: his uncle, Prof. Miguel Martí Pastor (President of the Royal Academy Of Medicine of Valencia, Spain); his father, Prof. Francisco Bonilla Martí (President of the Spanish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology); and now his son, Dr. Francisco Bonilla Bartret.


Educated by the Jesuits, Bonilla graduated in Medicine from the University of Valencia in 1967, and received his PhD from that University in 1970. He had further study in Germany and Switzerland with Otto Käser. At that time, the first experimental apparatus for ultrasound in Gyncecology were being developed. His family financed the acquisition of the first three devices in 1969, which were installed at the Hospital Clínico Universitario of Valencia, in the old maternity hospital La Cigüeña and his own private practice, and he introduced obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound in Latin America in 70s.

Bonilla got his first professorship in Cadiz in 1977, but continued to work in his home town as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Valencia, where it developed its teaching since 1979. He was head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital Clínico de Valencia until his retirement in 2014.

Among other responsibilities, he has held the presidency of the International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy from 1978 to 1986, the World Organization president gestosis the years 1985 and 1986, and chairmanship of the Committee for the Study of Female Breast of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1989 to 1998. He was elected president of the XXVI National Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), held in Valencia in 2001.

He is director of the Spanish Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Valencia, a member of the Advisory Council on Health of the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat Valenciana, and Scientific Advisory Council of the College of Physicians of Valencia. He is representative in Valencia for the organization and development of information flow in relation to assisted reproduction techniques, appointed by the Valencian Health Service. He is Member of Spanish National Committee for Accreditation of Training Centres Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis, by the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and the scientific committee of twenty national and international journals.

In 1982, Bonilla's team began to develop in vitro propagation techniques of Britain's Robert Edwards pioneering in 1984 the first test tube baby gestate in Spain. The embryo, however, died in the womb, so it was the clinic Dexeus of Barcelona that won the first birth in Spain that same year. It was in 1985 when Bonilla's team scored the first birth, and six pregnancies at the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, making it the pioneer of the Spanish public health in this area. In 1990, he was involved with Dr. Pellicer and Dr. Remohi, in founding the Valencia Infertility Institute (IVI), the first Spanish institution dedicated entirely to assisted human reproduction.

He is the author of 437 publications and 20 treaties and specialty books, several of them translated into Portuguese, German, Russian and English.


  • Extraordinary prize of the Akademische Tagung deutschsprechender Professoren und Privatdozenten für Geburtshilfe und Gynäkologie Luzern,, (Switzerland), 1971.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa by the Main University of Saint Simón, Cochabamba (Bolivia), 1982.
  • Medal of Albert Ludwing Universität Freiburg, Germany, 1990.
  • Medal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geburtshilfe und Gynäkologie, Berlin (Germany), 1992
  • Medal of the Spaniard-German Society of Geburtshilfe und Gynäkologie, Munich (Germany), 1993
  • Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Saint Andrés, La Paz (Bolivia), 1997.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz (Bolivia), 1997.
  • Science award by Rotary Club of Valencia, 2000
  • Award of Excellence, University of Valencia, 40 years of teaching, Valencia, 2009.
  • Tribute by Brazilian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies, to introducing obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound in Latin America, Curitiba, Brasil, 2011.
  • Honorary member of Valencia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Valencia, 2012.
  • XVIII International Congress "Profesor Fernando Bonilla-Musoles" on assisted human reproduction. San Salvador (El Salvador), 2012.
  • References

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