Woet L. Gianotten, MD, started his professional career in tropical medicine, working in West and East Africa for more than 5 years. While training to become a gynaecologist, he became fascinated by sexology, which changed his future. His interest progressed from “common sexology” (in which medical issues are not a determining factor) to “medical sexology”, in which chronic disease, cancer, physical impairment, or medical interventions are important contributors to sexual problems.
Until he retired in 2006, Dr Gianotten was Senior Lecturer in Medical Sexology at the University Medical Centre of Utrecht and at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Since his retirement, his core business has been in teaching and training in sexual medicine and sexual health; he is also a consultant in physical rehabilitation sexology (following conditions and events such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis) and oncosexology. He has also worked as a consultant in physical rehabilitation sexology at the physical rehabilitation centre “De Trappenberg”, dealing with the sexual side effects of chronic disease and physical impairment, since 1999.
Dr Gianotten was co-founder of ISSC (the International Society for Sexuality and Cancer), and is Chairman of the Netherlands Foundation “Sexuality in Disability and Disease”. This foundation’s objective is to ensure that rehabilitation and other medical professionals pay more attention to their patients’ sexual identity and sexual relationships. He is editor or co-editor of a number of books, including Cancer, intimacy and sexuality: a practical approach, which he edited in 2017, together with Yacov Reisman.