Dr Lou Pistorius completed his MBChB (Pretoria) cum laude in 1986, and obtained the MMed (O&G) and FCOG (SA) at Stellenbosch University in 1993. After a year in the UK he returned to Pretoria to the Kalafong Hospital, where his postgraduate experience in fetal medicine commenced. He moved to Sandton Mediclinic as gynaecologist with interest in fetal diagnosis and therapy in 1998. From 2004 to 2013 he has been attached to the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he completed a fellowship in maternal and fetal medicine and obtained his PhD on fetal brain imaging in 2008. From 2009 he was the head of the obstetrical ultrasound unit of the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, with the responsibilities of organizing and overseeing the performance of obstetrical ultrasound, as well as the training and audit of first, second and third trimester ultrasound. In July 2013 he returned to South Africa to open a maternal and fetal medicine practice in the Mediclinic Panorama. He is still involved teaching at the Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Stellenbosch / Tygerberg Hospital. He is on the international faculty of ISUOG (the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology), and enjoys wide international scientific collaboration. He has authored or co-authored more than sixty scientific publications, and organizes or participates in a wide range of ultrasound courses, from primary to tertiary level.