Fernando Zegers-Hochschild, MD
Zegers-Hochschild, MD obtained a Medical Degree at the Catholic University
of Chile in 1974 and specialized in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Human
Reproduction at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile), University of
Sheffield (United Kingdom) and at the Akademisch Ziekenhuis (Ghent,
- Founder (1983) and Director of the Unit of Reproductive Medicine at
Clínica Las Condes Hospital until June 2006. At present, he is a senior
- Co-founder (1985) and member of the Board of Directors of the Chilean
Institute of Reproductive Medicine (ICMER).
- Founder (1990) and director for the Latin American Registry of
Assisted Reproduction (RLA).
- Founder (1995) and past President of the Latin American Network of
Assisted Reproduction (REDLARA). Vice-chairman of the International
Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART).
- Served as a member of the World Health Organization/ Research
Programme for Human Reproduction Steering Committee of the Task Force on
Prevention and Management of Infertility (1984–1989), and later as
temporary adviser in activities related to medical, social and ethical
aspects of assisted reproduction.
- From 2002 to 2008, served as member of the WHO/HRP – Biomedical
Specialist Panel. Since 2008, serves with a dual appointment, as member of
the Scientific and Ethical Review Group (SERG) of WHO/HRP and as member of
the research Ethic Review Committee (ERC) of WHO.
- Since 2002, president of the Ethics Committee of the Chilean Society
for Reproductive Medicine and from 2004, “Profesor Agregado” of the
Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.
- Appointed by the United Nations (2002) as medical expert to the Ad Hoc
Committee for the initiation of the International Convention against the
Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings.
- Served the Chilean Senate, House of Deputies and Ministry of Health as
temporary adviser in the discussion of regulations and laws concerning:
emergency contraception, assisted reproductive technology, human genome
and reproductive cloning (1988–2007).
- In recent years has been awarded with the “Clinical Science Award” by
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Lyon,
France (2007); named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Antofagasta,
Chile (2007) and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists (ACOG), USA. (2008). During 2009, spent a sabbatical year as
visiting professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and
Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.
Clinical activity is centered in the treatment of infertility with emphasis
on modern reproductive technology. Global research interests include
monitoring of regional and world trends in reproduction, and the influence
of cultural diversity when confronting bioethical challenges in sexual and