The Obituary of León Roberto Gindín
On behalf of the Executive Officers of the World Association for Sexual Health, we regret to inform the sad loss of our esteemed colleague and friend León Roberto Gindín. Dr. Gindin was a member of WAS Executive Committee and President of the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Sexología y Educación Sexual (FLASSES). Dr. Gindin passed away in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 July while surrounded with loved ones.
Dr. Gindin was one of the most prominent leaders in the field of Sexology and Sexual Health in Latin America . He was a founding member of FLASSES and an active member of WAS. We express our most sincere condolences to his family, in particular to his life partner Cristina Fridman who is also an active member of the WAS Advisory Committee
León Roberto Gindín 14/3/1938 – 24/7/2017
Born in Buenos Aires, son of Girt and Paulina, brother of Sara and Hector. Husband of Cristina Tania and father of Adrian, Cynthia and Ana Laura.
He graduated as a doctor at the National University of Buenos Aires in 1963, and later specialized in Psychoanalysis at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association of which he was a member. He practiced psychoanalysis and individual and group psychotherapy until 1980.
León Roberto Gindin developed medical sexology as a specialty since 1980 when he met Laura Caldiz who was returning to Argentina and together they founded the CETIS (Center for Education, Therapy and Research in Sexology). Caldiz came with a training in sexology at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality and with Masters and Johnson. Along with CETIS and Laura Caldiz, Gindin began his sexological career. He went to study for a few months with Helen Kaplan in New York and joined WAS (World Association of Sexology) attending all the WAS congresses since Jerusalem and was for two periods a member of the Advisory Committee. He attended all congresses of FLASSES since its foundation in Asunción, Paraguay in 1981 and was its current president (2014-2018).
Since 1980 he dedicated himself to full-time sexology through research, teaching and attending events and congresses. He was associate professor of sexuality and health at the University of Belgrano and at the Interamerican Open University (UAI). He was also associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He coordinated training courses of sexologists in CETIS from 1981 to 1999 and since 2005 in the Argentinian Society of Human Sexuality, SASH, of which he was a founder and its first president. In addition, he created with Cristina Fridman the first distance learning courses in clinical sexology and sexuality education, which have trained more than 1000 professionals.
He was a founding member of the International Academy of Medical Sexology Chair Nº 17.
He published 20 books (The New Male Sexuality, The New Female Sexuality, Premature Ejaculation, Unconsumated Marriages) and research papers in international and national publications. He was founder and creator of the Sexology journal and the Journal of SASH.