Professor Pilar Vigil studied medicine at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile from 1975 to 1982. She specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology and went on to complete a PhD in Biological Sciences (Physiology) in 1987. She undertook postgraduate train- ing at Texas Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA; and Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Vigil has seen her work published in more than 100 different international scientific publications (articles, books and book chapters), alongside numerous publications and interviews in journals dedicated to areas of general interest and education. She has written three books on fertility and has organized and/or participated in more than 200 congresses or seminars. She has been invited to give lectures in over 30 countries worldwide, and awarded repeatedly as women leader by the press in Chile. Her current professional appointments include Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
She has worked since 1978 in reproductive medicine including fertility, infertility and natural family planning. Together with Professor J. B. Brown she has developed the concept of the ovarian continuum.
She has received numerous awards for her work in medicine and is a Member of the Chilean Fertility Society and Member of the Chilean Reproduction Society and is a member of the Latin-American Society for research on human reproduction. Dr. Vigil is also president of the San Lucas Academy [Chilean Catholic Medical doctors] and currently is President of Teen STAR international. She is also a member of the Chilean Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Society and a member of the Chilean Natural Family Planning society.
Pilar is married to Miguel and they have 4 children.