Ben (Willem) Mol (MD PhD FRANZCOG)
is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. Ben is focused on the organisation of multi-centric evaluative research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Fertility. The research is focused mainly upon everyday practices. As a Professor, Ben considers his most important task to be the stimulation and innovation of evaluative research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine.
Ben studied Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and trained as a Gynaecologist at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht. Ben was instrumental in initiating the Dutch consortium for Research in Women’s health, in which 70 hospitals collaborate in multicenter trials. Main topics that were evaluated were timing and methods of induction of labour, prevention of preterm birth with pessary, tocolysis, indications for IVF, tubal flushing for infertility and treatment of menorrhagia. The trial initiative has been incorporated by the Dutch Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is supported by the Dutch national funder and the Dutch health insurance companies. In 2010, Ben co-initiated the Global Obstetric Network GOnet that aims to better coordinate global efforts in clinical effectiveness research.
Ben came to Australia in 2014 and started at Monash in 2018. Ben holds an NHMRC investigator grant. During his time in Australia, he developed extensive relations with Asian universities. Ben has mentored >110 PhD students and published >1000 papers, many in high impact journals as NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, PLOSmedicine and BMJ. A publication in Nature acknowledged Ben as one the most prolific medical scientists. Ben is since 2014 the world’s most published author in Obstetrics/Gynaecology. His professional adage is ‘A day without randomisation is a day without progress.’.