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+27 (0)11 325 0020

Postal Address:

Postnet Suite 197
Private Bag X11
Craighall, 2024
South Africa

Invited Faculty

Professor Antoinette Cilliers, Head of Paediatric Cardiology, C.H. Baragwanath Academic

Professor Cilliers attended the University of Witwatersrand Medical School, specialised in Paediatrics within the University of the Witwatersrand Hospital Complex and completed a one year fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Gasthuisberg University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium in 1999.

Her clinical work focuses on the investigation and treatment of children with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease with special interest in Interventional Cardiology, and Echocardiography, and training of Paediatric Cardiologists for South Africa.

Dr Jennifer Geel, Wits Paediatric Fund Chair

Dr Jennifer Geel is the chair of the Wits Paediatric Fund and Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Control and Prevention. She is passionate about improving the survival and quality of life of children with cancer.

She is enrolled for a PhD, studying the relationship between simple blood tests and changes on PET-CT of children with Hodgkin lymphoma, hoping that more cost effective versions of precision medicine may be possible in low and middle income countries.

Professor Lara Goldstein, Specialist Emergency Physician and Intenivist at the Netcare Union Hospital

Professor Goldstein was the first to qualify as a Specialist Emergency Physician from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008 and as a sub-specialist in Critical Care in 2012.

She has a broad range of interests including critical care, education, burnout, blood pressure measurement, ultrasound, echocardiography, paediatric drug dosing and procedural sedation. Her current main research interest is Point-of-Care testing.

Dr Derek Harrison, Paediatric Surgeon at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Dr Harrison initially did his undergraduate and postgraduate General Surgical training in Zimbabwe, before coming to South Africa to sub-specialise in Paediatric Surgery, spending a few years in Cape Town before settling down at Baragwanath Hospital where he has been for the last 10 years.

His specific interest is in Paediatric Surgical Oncology, and he is a member of the International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology where he has been a regular at their meetings.

Dr Shaegan Irusen, Paediatric Nephrology Fellow at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Dr Irusen is presently a paediatric nephrology fellow at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Acadmic Hospital. The renal unit offers chronic peritoneal and haemodialysis and renal transplants to patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dr Irusen completed his MBChB in 2009 at the University of Cape Town and completed his post graduate training as a paediatrician at Stellenbosch University  in 2016. His Masters was on Paediatric bacterial urinary tract infections in the South African context.

Professor Nasreen Mahomed, Head of Department of Radiology at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child hospital

Professor N Mahomed is an Associate Professor in Radiology at the University of Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa.

Prof N Mahomed is qualified with 4 degrees, MBBCh, FC Radiology (SA), a Masters in Paediatric Radiology and PhD in Paediatric Radiology from the University of Witwatersrand.

Dr Charl Verwey, Division Head of Paediatric Pulmonology at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Dr Charl Verwey is currently pursuing a PhD looking at the pulmonary function sequelae of respiratory syncytial virus infection during infancy. His other research interests include HIV associated lung diseases and the use of technology to enhance lung health in paediatrics.

He is the current chairperson of the National Asthma Education Programme and a council member of the South African Thoracic Society.