Head of Neuro-Urology Unit Moinhos de Vento Hospital Porto Alegre, BrazilDr. Marcio A. Averbeck received his medical degree from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (2003). His specialization in Urology (Medical Residency Program) was obtained in 2008 from the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil. From 2008 to 2010 he was a member of the kidney and pancreas transplantation team at Santa Casa Hospital Complex, in Porto Alegre. In 2009 he was awarded a scholarship from the EAU/EUSP (European Urological Scholarship Program) and became a Clinical Fellow of the Neuro-Urology Unit in Innsbruck, Austria (host: Prof. Helmut Madersbacher).
Since he came back to Brazil (May 2010), he is actively involved in the training of residents at Presidente Vargas Women's and Children's Hospital in Porto Alegre. Dr. Averbeck has also an appointment as invited Professor at Unisinos University (Porto Alegre, Brazil). In July 2011, the urologist has obtained his Master's Degree in Health Sciences (MSc) from the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre. In 2014, he was invited to take over as Neuro-Urology Coordinator at Moinhos de Vento Hospital (affiliated to Johns Hopkins Medicine International).
Dr. Averbeck is an active member of the ICS Neuro-Urology Promotion Committee (as of 2012) and has been working on education projects for the Brazilian Urological Society in the Neuro-Urology Department (former chairman 2012/13) and in the Women's Urology Department (former chairman 2014/15). Nowadays, he is the SBU E-learning Coordinator (as of 2016). Moreover, he was the local committee organizer for the ICS Educational Course in Porto Alegre in 2011 and took part as international speaker in several ICS Neurogenic Bladder Day Courses in the last three years (Mexico City, Cartagena, Acapulco, New Delhi, Sao Paulo).
Dr. Averbeck has also given lectures in the Basic Neuro-Urology Workshop during the ICS Annual Meetings in Beijing (2012), Barcelona (2013), Rio de Janeiro (2014) and Montreal (2015). He acts as reviewer of the following indexed medical journals: Neurourology and Urodynamics, The Journal of Urology, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, International Urogynecology Journal, International Brazilian Journal of Urology, International Journal of Urology, Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol, and The Saudi Medical Journal. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for Advances in Therapy Journal.
His main areas of interest are neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD), surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence. Dr. Averbeck is particularly dedicated to the treatment of refractory OAB and pioneered in the development of sacral neuromodulation (SNM) procedures in Southern Brazil.