GUEST FACULTY

 


LOCAL FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES


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    Wayne Kleintjies
    Cape Town
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    Wayne Kleintjies
    Dr Kleintjies is a Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon that qualified as a Fellow of the College of Plastic Surgeons in 2003 and via Stellenbosch University (SU). First PhD in Plastic Surgery & Anatomy in South Africa in 2007. Currently Head of the Western Cape Provincial Tertiary Adult Burn Centre, Senior Lecturer for the Department of Surgery, SU. Known for developing a life-saving cost-effective skin culture technique in 2014; President of the College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa (CPSSA); Past secretary of the CPSSA; Past Board member of the American Burn Association; Pan-African Burn Association and South African Burn Society. Essential Burn Care instructor and developed Essential Burn Surgery, Essential Burn Intensive Care and Modified Essential Burn Care Courses.
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    Olga Perovic
    Johannesburg
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    Olga Perovic
    A/Prof Olga Perovic has published in more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, a number of book chapters and she supervised masters and PhD students. Current positions: Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections, Antimicrobial Resistance and Mycoses (CHARM), Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for AMR and Honorary Research Fellow at University of Kwazulu-Natal Points of interests: Antimicrobial resistance has been Olga Perovic major fields of expertize and interest. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing and their clinical applications have involved her in the implementation of antimicrobial and diagnostic stewardship programs at the hospital level. She initiated and established new national surveillance for antimicrobial resistance for nosocomial pathogens at NICD GERMS surveillance program. Membership: Member of Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) on AMR at World Health Organization and member of Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System GLASS at WHO, Member of Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on AMR at National Department of Health, Member of Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP) in South Africa, Country Lead for AMR action package for SA in Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Chair of National Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (NAC). Academic and professional achievements: Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) (Witwatersrand), 1997, Fellowship of the College of Pathologists of South Africa - Microbiology, 2000, Master of Medicine (Medical Microbiology) at University of Witwatersrand, December 2004; Title: An Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Bacteraemia over a 2-year period and EDP (Executive Development Program), UNISA 2012.
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    Briëtte du Toit
    Cape Town
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    Briëtte du Toit
    Briëtte du Toit, started working in the Public sector in 1988 and worked extensively with TB and HIV positive patients in Primary Health Care Clinics and especially with HIV positive pregnant women. Was responsible for the implementation of a pilot programme of the MTCT programme in the Northern Cape. Worked at Mediclinic Kimberley from 2003 to 2005. Responsible for establishing of Wound Care, Healthy Baby, Diabetic and Ante-natal clinics. Infection control was later added to the portfolio. Appointed as Clinical Risk Manager at Mediclinic Paarl (2006 - 2007) and Mediclinic Louise Leipoldt (2007 - 2008), responsible for Infection Prevention and Control and the management of Adverse Events. Promoted to Clinical Governance Specialist at Mediclinic Southern Africa Corporate Office in 2008 and in 2009 to the Infection Prevention and Control Officer position for Mediclinic Southern Africa.  Responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the Infection Prevention and Control programme of Mediclinic Southern Africa.   She holds a Nursing degree, Diploma in Nursing Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Control as well as various Certificates in Treatment and Care. In addition, she's also completed various short courses in Infection Prevention and Control, TB, HIV, IMCI (UNICEF/UN Course: Integrated Management of Childhood Illness), Peri-Natal Education programme courses (International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health) as well as the 1 year Mediclinic  Infection Prevention and Control course.
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    Shaheen Mehtar
    Stellenbosch

    Shaheen Mehtar, (retired), is Emeritus Professor at Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Professor Mehtar trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health.

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    Shaheen Mehtar

    Shaheen Mehtar, (retired), is Emeritus Professor at Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Professor Mehtar trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health. She was Head of Microbiology at the North Middlesex Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Royal Free Hospital where she worked until she accompanied her husband upon his return to South Africa.  Following a post as Deputy Director, Public Health in the South Cape Karoo region, Professor Mehtar joined Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University where she established the Unit of Infection Prevention and Control in 2000.  The unit has a wide reputation across Africa and has trained more than 2500 student annually ranging from a 5-day basic course to a Masters in IPC.

    An internationally recognised expert in IPC, Professor Mehtar and has been involved in setting up IPC programmes in the UK, Europe, Far East, India, Asia and Latin America. She has been on the executive committees of several prestigious organisations such as the Hospital Infection Society, The British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, the International Society of Chemotherapy and International Society of Infectious Diseases.  A founder member and Chair of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), Prof Mehtar also serves on several WHO committees including those for global IPC policies, surgical site infection, WASH and safety injection global network (SIGN).  Through ICAN she is extensively involved in establishing and promoting IPC training programmes and structures across Africa. She supported the IPC programmes during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. A highly respected and recognised world expert in Infection Control Professor Mehtar is frequently consulted by governments such as Egypt, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

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    Erica van Schalkwyk
    Johannesburg
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    Erica van Schalkwyk
    Erika van Schalkwyk is currently employed as a medical epidemiologist within the Centre for Healthcare-Associated Infections, Antimicrobial Resistance and Mycoses (CHARM) at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds an MBChB degree from the University of Pretoria (UP) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the same institution. She completed the two-year South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) at NICD in 2015. Erika has a specific interest in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control, as well as HIV-associated opportunistic infections and was selected as an International Ambassador for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) International Ambassadors Program in 2017. Her current focus is working towards establishing a nationwide surveillance system for healthcare-associated infections, commencing with bloodstream infections among hospitalised neonates. Her current responsibilities at the NICD include surveillance, research and response to infectious disease outbreaks, mainly in the field of bacterial and fungal healthcare-associated infections. She has led or participated in several outbreak investigations in South African hospitals, including a series of large outbreaks of candidaemia in a neonatal intensive care unit in an academic hospital, outbreaks of the emerging fungal pathogen, Candida auris, in South African hospitals and an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae bloodstream infections at a regional hospital. She is also involved in national surveillance programmes for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, Staphylococcus aureus infections, candidaemia and deep fungal infections among HIV-infected hospitalised patients.
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    Jack Meintjes
    Stellenbosch
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    Jack Meintjes
    Dr Jack Meintjes is a specialist in Occupational Medicine and the Head of the Units for Infection Control at Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Stellenbosch University.  The focus fields of his speciality include the health of the healthcare worker and he has a particular interest in the prevention, control and management of Tuberculosis in the workplace.  He regularly performs Risk Assessments for transmission of Tuberculosis in healthcare settings.  Another important component of his work concerns exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
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    Francois Bester
    Johannesburg
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    Francois Bester
    Francois Bester is the Group Environmental Systems Manager at Mediclinic Corporate Office. Mediclinic International is the fifth largest private health-care group in the world. Mediclinic International consists of three operating platforms: Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia), Switzerland United Arab Emirates and also have a 29.9% shareholding in Spire Healthcare in the United Kingdom, with its Corporate Offices situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  The Group’s management and operational structure is also divided into three operating platforms. This article only deals with Mediclinic Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia). Mediclinic Southern Africa currently operates 50 hospitals throughout South Africa and 3 hospitals in Namibia. 77% of the operational beds of Mediclinic International are located in Mediclinic Southern Africa. Over the past 27 years Francois has gained experience in all aspects of Safety, Health, and Environment legislation in South Africa. He is providing specialist Sustainability Safety Health Environment support to all the hospitals within this group. He joined the group in 2001 and his responsibilities include legal compliance, implementation of the ISO 14001:2015 system, developing planned maintenance procedures, advising and monitoring new and amended legislation and influencing the hospital environment. He obtained a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 at the Central University of Technology of South Africa. He has been a national council member of the South African Federation of Hospital Engineering (SAFHE) for the past 7 years and is currently the newly elected President of SAFHE.
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    Kim Faure
    Johannesburg
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    Kim Faure
    Independent consultant to the healthcare industry with specific focus on regulatory standards and norms development, inspections, quality assurance systems development and health care strategic initiatives. Kim has spent 5 years as a technical advisor to the Office of Health Standards Compliance in the National Department of Health developing the regulatory framework and tools to be used by the inspectors to assess the quality of care in health establishments in the country. Recent projects include pharmaceutical management of ARV drugs and TB medicines in public sector health facilities in South Africa and the Correctional services, development of norms and standards for the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. Kim is also an advisor to the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme of clinicians and is assisting the Affordable Medicines directorate at National Department of Health in implementation of the Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and communication plan. She has 13 years experience and knowledge of health systems evaluation, health and hospitals services, policy and planning frameworks.
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    Peter Evans
    Johannesburg
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    Peter Evans
    Peter was raised on a mixed farm in the Free State, South Africa. Since qualifying as a vet in 1983, he has focused on working in and serving the pig industry in South Africa. In 1993 he joined CS Vets, a specialist pig practice, where he is now the senior partner providing veterinary support to numerous large commercial pig units across South Africa plus he has been a consultant to SAPPO (South African Pork Producers Organization). At SAPPO responsibilities include consumer assurance program; maintenance of National pig health & National biosecurity protocols and developing antimicrobial stewardship & guidelines to reduce antimicrobial usage in Pig farming. Peter owns his own 600 sow breeding/finishing unit 2 hours drive from Johannesburg. In recent years he has provided support to pig enterprises in various other African countries.
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    Angela Dramowski
    Stellenbosch
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    Angela Dramowski
    Angela Dramowski is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Stellenbosch University.  Dr Dramowski has a passion for infection prevention. After sub-specialty training she worked at the Tygerberg Hospital Unit for Infection Prevention and Control. During her time at the UIPC , she developed an interest in medical education, authoring two books on IPC for healthcare workers in resource-limited settings. Dr Dramowski is also a founding member of the public benefit organisation “TB Proof”, which advocates for improved implementation of TB-IPC and creates awareness of occupational TB among healthcare workers. She is currently completing a doctorate on the topic of: “Determinants of healthcare-associated infection in hospitalized children.”
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    Andy Bulabula
    Stellenbosch
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    Andy Bulabula
    Andre N.H. Bulabula, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), graduated as a Medical Doctor at the Catholic University of Bukavu in DRC (2012) and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology of Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2015), where he works as a senior researcher and project coordinator at the Academic Unit for Infection Prevention and Control. As a researcher he is interested in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (HIV, TB, Ebola, Malaria, Cryptosporidiosis, etc) as well as Infection Prevention and Control, including Modelling of Infectious Diseases (RSA 2014, USA 2015) and Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also an active member of international research organisations: ICAN, ATS, ERS. He is also one of the ISID’s Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases (2016).
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    Marina Aucamp
    Cape Town
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    Marina Aucamp
    Marina Aucamp is presently Infection Control Clinical Programme Coordinator at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town.  Having started her career as a registered nurse with Mediclinic in Bloemfontein, she obtained further experience as Infection Control and Risk Manager Coordinator at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she was based for 5 years.  Thereafter she spent a further two years in Riyadh as Infection Control Coordinator at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.  She was formerly also appointed as Training Coordinator at the University of Stellenbosch before joining Tygerberg Hospital
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    Wolfgang Preiser
    Cape Town
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    Wolfgang Preiser
    After studying medicine, Wolfgang Preiser specialised in medical virology in his home town Frankfurt, Germany, and in London. He graduated with his second doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005 while working as consultant virologist in Frankfurt. He is author of 119 Medline-listed scientific articles. His principal research interests cover three themes: diagnosis and monitoring of HIV infection, from antibody testing to genotyping; diagnosis and monitoring of opportunistic viral infections, esp. hepatitis B and cytomegalovirus, in immunocompromised patients; and emerging and potentially zoonotic viral diseases. He served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on SARS in China during 2003 and led the Frankfurt group who, together with colleagues from Hamburg, were among the first to isolate the SARS-associated coronavirus in spring 2003. Since 2005 Wolfgang Preiser has been Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch / National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Tygerberg.
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    Marc Mendelson
    Cape Town
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    Marc Mendelson
    Marc Mendelson is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town (UCT). He studied Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London and specialized in Infectious Diseases at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he attained his PhD. He moved to The Rockefeller University, New York in 2001 and subsequently to UCT to work on tuberculosis and innate immunity. Marc is Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, the South African lead for Antimicrobial Resistance on the Global Health Security Agenda, co-chair of the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme, and co-author the South African Antimicrobial Strategic Framework. He is on multiple WHO technical advisory panels relating to antibiotic resistance, is a member of the scientific advisory group of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), and a member of the AMR Core Team of the World Economic Forum/Wellcome Trust collaboration on implementing new models of antibiotic R&D. He is President-Elect of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and Past-President of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa.
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    Yolanda Van Zyl
    Cape Town
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    Yolanda Van Zyl
    After completing her B. Cur degree in nursing at the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, Yolanda started her career at Paarl Provincial Hospital in 1997,  moving to to Paarl Medi-Clinic (Private Sector) in the Orthopaedic/Surgical ward in1998  where she became interested in IPC.  She completed a short course in IPC at WITS University. In 2005 she applied for the 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Control and graduated with honours.  Yolanda was chosen to be part of an International exchange Programme with an IPC practitioner from Chicago, Illinois. Both presented their experiences at APIC Conference in San Jose, California. In November 2006 Yolanda transferred to Panorama Medi-Clinic as an Infection Control Coordinator and in 2010 I moved back to Paarl Provincial Hospital as a Clinical Coordinator in Infection Control.  She is the current Chair of the Infection Control Society of South Africa and serves on the National Advisory Committee on antimicrobial resistance and IPC.
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