On November 26th, 2016, Professor Nelson Rodrigues Netto Junior rested peacefully.

Dr. Netto, as his colleagues commonly addressed him, was born in Sao Paulo – Brazil in 1936 and graduated from Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP) where he would soon become full professor of the Urology Department. 

In the early 80’s, Dr. Netto was nominated chairman of the Urology Department of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP); where he led an outstanding transformation that launched the Urology Department UNICAMP to become one of the best urology services in Latin America. During his time at UNICAMP he kept on working at the operating suites, leading and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows until he retired in 2008.


Professor Nelson Rodrigues Netto published hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers and significantly contributed to Urology. He pioneered percutaneous renal surgery in Brazil and became an important reference on stone surgery across the globe. His achievements had no boundaries. In 2000, he was the President of the World Congress of Endourology that took place in São Paulo that inspired a lot of Brazilian urologists to follow the Endourology and Laparoscopy pathways.

Professor Netto was also a common character in national and international meetings and scientific events where he was known for being straightforward and assertive on his talks, while polite and respectful.

His legacy will always pound in our hearts and lead our scopes!

Renato Nardi Pedro, MD, Ph.D
Division of Urology – UNICAMP

Oscar Eduardo Fugita, MD, PhD
Division of Urology – UNICAMP
Department of Urology – UNESP
Division of Surgery – USP