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Department of Surgery
Head of Department: Professor Del Kahn
Departmental Profile
The Department of Surgery comprises the nine Divisions:
General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emergency
Medicine, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics,
Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic Surgery and Urology. Each
of the Divisions functions very independently with regard
to administration, clinical service, undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching, and research. The Special
Clinical expertise, research interests, and outstanding
achievements over the last year, are documented in the
individual divisional profiles.
The Department of Surgery Research Day, organised by
Dr Sean Burmeister, was a most successful collaboration
between the Divisions. Professor Alastair Millar delivered
the John Terblanche Lecture.
Division of General Surgery
Head of Division: Professor Del Kahn
Divisional Profile
The four surgical firms within the Division of General
Surgery are responsible for Hepatobiliary Surgery,
Surgical Oncology/Endocrine Surgery, Colorectal Surgery,
and Vascular Surgery. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit,
the Trauma Unit, and the Transplant Unit are also part
of the Division. The Division prides itself on maintaining
high standards of clinical service, and teaching of
both undergraduates and postgraduates. The Division
continues to function as a true academic unit, with
its members making significant contributions at both
local and international meetings, while at the same time
maintaining a high research output.
Professor Jake Krige has several research projects in
Portal hypertension and diseases of the liver and bile
ducts. Professor Lance Michell is involved in an audit of
admissions to the Surgical ICU, as well as several multi
centre pharmaceutical trials using anti microbials.
The Vascular Unit under Dr Nad Naidoo has established
a vibrant endovascular service. Genetic aspects
of colorectal cancer is the main research interests
of Professor Paul Goldberg in the Colorectal unit.
Professor Eugenio Panieri has a special interest in
sentinel lymphnode biopsy in breast cancer as well as
problems related to battery acid ingestion and thyroid
cancer. Professors Andy Nicol and Pradeep Navsaria
are involved in major audits of various types of trauma,
as well as various prospective randomised studies
including penetrating cardiac injuries. Dr Elmi Muller has
embarked on a study of transplanting kidneys from HIV
positive donors into HIV positive recipients.
Contact Details
Division of General Surgery, University of Cape Town,
Groote Schuur Hospital, J46, Old Main Building,
Observatory 7925
Tel: +27 21 406 6475
Fax: +27 21 448 6461
UCT web:
Division of Ophthalmology
Head of Division: Professor C. Cook
Divisional Profile
The Division of Ophthalmology combines an academic
hospital service with University teaching, clinical training
and research.
Specialist tertiary care clinical services are provided to
patients in the Western Cape and beyond.
Teaching is provided to fifth year medical students, and
specialist training of both local graduates and graduates
from other countries is provided.
A postgraduate diploma course in community eye health
is provided for Vision 2020 programme managers working
in sub Saharan Africa.
Permanent and Long Term Contract Staff
Senior Lecturers
Administrative Staff
Postgraduate diploma
Permanent Staff (Full-Time)
Dr N. Cockburn
Consultant Specialist, Groote Schuur Hospital. Anterior