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Groote Schuur Hospital

  • Professor Graham Fieggen (Director)

    Graham Fieggen

    Medical School

    University of Cape Town

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • MSc (Neuroscience) University of London
    • MD (Neurosurgery) University of Cape Town
    • FCS (SA) (Neurosurgery)

    Year of Registration

    1997

    Further training

    • Paediatric Neurosurgery under the mentorship of Professor Jonathan C Peter at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
    • Short-term visits to units in Munich, Paris and San Francisco

    Areas of interest

    • Paediatric Neurosurgery
    • Functional Neurosurgery
    • Global Surgery
    • Education and Training in Surgery
    • Neuroscience

    Current positions

    • Helen and Morris Mauerberger Professor and Head of Division University of Cape Town
    • Head of Clinical Department, Neurosurgery Groote Schuur Hospital
    • Paediatric Neurosurgeon Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
    • Director, UCT Neuroscience Institute University of CApe Town
    • Head, Department of Surgery (2017-2021) University of Cape Town
    • Patron, Student Surgical Society University of Cape Town

    Professional affiliations

    Leadership

    • International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (President 2018, Annual Meeting Chairman 2008)
    • World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (2nd Vice President 2017-2019)
    • Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies (President 2014-2016)
    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (2018-2020)
    • College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (Councillor)

     

    Membership

    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (iFAANS)
    • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (Corresponding member)
    • World Academy of Neurological Surgeons (Member)
    • European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (Teaching Faculty for Annual Course 2010-2012)
    • World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (Chairman of local organizing committee for 2011 Interim Meeting)
    • Editorial Boards: Neurosurgery, The Guide (ISPN electronic textbook)

     

     

  • Ms Vuyiwe Bathaka (Administrator)

     
  • Associate Professor David Le Feuvre

    Graham Fieggen

    Medical School

    University of Cape Town

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • MMed (Neurosurgery) University of Cape TownMSc (Universities of Bicetre (Paris) and Mahidol (Chiang Mai))
    • FCS Neurosurgery (SA)

    Year of Registration

    2003

    Further training

    • Neurointerventional training under the mentorship of Professor Pierre Lasjaunias, Paris, France and Professor Allan Taylor, Cape Town

    Areas of interest

    • Cerebrovascular surgeryNeuro-intervention
    • Neuro-oncology: Skull Base surgery and glioma surgery

    Current positions

    • Consultant Neurosurgeon, Neurovascular Unit, Groote Schuur Hospital
    • MBChB Convener, Division of Neurosurgery

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South AfricaSouth African Neurointervention Society
    • World Federation of Therapeutic and Interventional Neuroradiology (Secretary, 9th Bienniel Meeting, 2011)

     

     

  • Dr Ncedile Mankahla

    Medical School

    University of Kwazulu Natal

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • FC Neurosurg (SA) 2015
    • Mmed (Neurosurg) UCT 2017

    Areas of interest

    • Neurooncology
    • Skull Base Surgery
    • Spine Oncology and Reconstruction surgery

    Current Positions

    • Head Spine surgery and spinal oncology
    • Co-director Neuroendocrine and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

    Short Bio

    Dr Mankahla earned his MBChB degree from the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban. After working in General Surgery as a medical officer, he joined UCT neurosurgery in 2010. He completed his college examinations in 2015. In 2016 he completed dual training in Spine surgery and Skull Base/Endoscopic Pituitary surgery under mentorship of Professors A. Taylor and P. L Semple. He completed a further 1 year fellowship in paediatric neurosurgery under Prof A Figaji. Clinical activities are in adult and paediatric spinal surgery with a focus on spine oncology, and neuroendocrine surgery.

    Emailncedile.mankahla@uct.ac.za

     

     

  • Dr Sally Rothemeyer

    Graham Fieggen

    Medical School

    University of the Witwatersrand

    Postgraduate qualifications

    FCNeurosurg (SA)

    Year of Registration

    2007

    Further training

    Functional Neurosurgery with Dr RL Melvill (Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic) and Professor Marwan Hariz, Queen Square, London

    Areas of interest

    • Functional Neurosurgery (Epilepsy, pain and movement disorders)
    • Neurooncology and Neuroendoscopy
    • Multidisciplinary Rehab Clinic
    • NeuroHIV

    Current positions

    Consultant Neurosurgeon Groote Schuur Hospital

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa
    • World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (Secretary, Organising Committee, 2011 Interim Meeting)
    • WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Committee (South African delegate)

     

     

  • Professor Patrick Semple

    Patrick Semple

    Medical School

    University of Cape Town

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • MMed (Neurosurgery) University of Cape Town
    • PhD University of Cape Town
    • FCS(SA) Neurosurgery

    Year of Registration

    1994

    Further training

    • Fellowship in pituitary surgery (Professor Ed Laws, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA)
    • Trained in endoscopic pituitary surgery (Prof Paolo Cappabianca, University Fredrico II, Naples, Italy)

    Areas of interest

    • Pituitary surgery
    • Neuroendoscopic surgery
    • Neurointensive care

    Current positions

    • Head of Clinical Unit and Head of Firm
    • Head of Neurointensive care
    • Co-director Neuroendocrine and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa
    • College of Medicine of South Africa (Senator)
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    • International Society of Pituitary Surgeons
    • College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (President)

     

     

  • Associate Professor Allan Taylor

    Graham Fieggen

    Medical School

    University of the Witwatersrand

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • MMed (Neurosurgery) University of Cape Town
    • MSc (Neurointervention) University of Paris Sud/ Mahidol
    • FCS(SA) Neurosurgery

    Year of Registration

    1995

    Further training

    Neurointerventional training under the mentorship of Professor Pierre Lasjaunias, Paris, France and Professor Karel ter Brugge, Toronto, Canada

    Areas of interest

    • Cerebrovascular surgery
    • Neurointervention
    • Skull Base surgery
    • Radiosurgery

    Current positions

    • Head of Neurovascular Unit and Head of Firm Groote Schuur Hospital
    • Visiting Professor University of the Witwatersrand

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (Secretary)
    • South African Neurointervention Society
    • World Federation of Therapeutic and Interventional Neuroradiology (Chairman of the 11th Bienniel Meeting, 2011)

     

     

 

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital

  • Dr Nico Enslin

    Medical School

    University of Pretoria

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • FC Neurosurg (SA) 2014
    • MMed (Neurosurgery) University of Cape Town

    Areas of interest

    • Paediatric Neurosurgery             
    • Functional Neurosurgery
    • Epilepsy, Spasticity and Movement Disorders    

    Short Bio

    I studied physiotherapy and then medicine at University of Pretoria.  This joint interest in neurology has lead me to pursue a career in Neurosurgery.  I specialized at University of Cape Town and completed my neurosurgical training there, after which I did short fellowships in functional neurosurgery at various European neurosurgical units.  I completed a year fellowship in Paediatric neurosurgery at Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town, and this is where I am currently working as a consultant neurosurgeon. My special interests are functional neurosurgery: Epilepsy surgery, spasticity surgery and movement disorder surgery.

     

  • Professor Anthony Figaji

    Graham Fieggen

    Medical School

    University of Cape Town

    Postgraduate qualifications

    • MMed (Neurosurgery) University of Cape Town
    • PhD University of Cape Town
    • FCNeurosurg (SA)

    Year of Registration

    2004

    Further training

    • Paediatric Neurosurgery under the mentorship of Professors Peter and Fieggen, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
    • Short-term visits to units in New York, San Francisco and Verona

    Areas of interest

    • Paediatric Neurosurgery
    • Neurotrauma
    • Neurocritical care
    • Intraoperative Neurophysiology

    Current positions

    • Head of Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit and Head of Firm
    • Head of Neurocritical Care Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa
    • Critical Care Society of South Africa
    • International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • International Neurotrauma Society (Executive Board)
    • International Society for Intraoperative Neurophysiology (Executive Board, Chairman of the 2013 biennial Congress)
    • Editorial boards: The Guide (ISPN Electronic textbook), Child’s Nervous System
    • Steering Committee, AONeuro (AO Foundation)
    • Scientific Chair of the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa

     

     

 

Part-time Consultants

  • Emeritus Professor JC “Kay” de Villiers

    Emeritus Professor JC “Kay” de Villiers

    late (SAJS March 2019:Vol 57.No1)

     

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  • Dr Norman Fisher-Jeffes

    Dr Norman Fisher-Jeffes

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Shafik Parker

    Dr Shafik Parker

     

     

     

     

  • Emeritus Professor Jonathan C Peter

    Emeritus Professor Jonathan C Peter

    late (Childs Nerv Syst. 2018 Oct; 34(10):1809-1812)

     

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  • Dr Crispin Thompson

    Dr Crispin Thompson

    • Head of Neurospine
    • Head of Green Firm

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dr David Welsh

    David Welsh

    Medical School

    University of Cape Town

    Postgraduate qualifications

    FRCS (Eng)FCS (SA) Neurosurgery

    Year of Registration

    2001

    Further training

    University of Cape Town

    Areas of interest

    • SpineCraniocervical junction
    • Neuro-oncology

    Current positions

    • Head of Firm, Consultant Neurosurgeon
    • Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit Groote Schuur Hospital

    Professional affiliations

    • Society of Neurosurgeons of South AfricaSA Spine Society (Secretary and Treasurer)
    • International faculty, AO Spine
    • Editorial board: European Spine Journal

     

  • Dr Grant White

    Dr Grant White

     

     

     

     

 

Fellows

  • Dr Christel Arnold

    Dr Christel Arnold

    Neurocritical care fellow

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Michael Jario

    Dr Michael Jario

    Endovascular and Neurointervention fellow

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Nqobile Thango

    Dr Nqobile Thango

    Paediatric Neurosurgery fellow

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Andrew Mathole

    Dr Andrew Mathole

    Orthopaedic Spine fellow

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Abidemi Oseni

    Dr Abidemi Oseni

    Neurocritical care fellow

     

     

     

     

  • Mr Henco Van Dyk

    Mr Henco Van Dyk

    Intraoperative Neurophysiology fellow

     

     

     

     

 

Researchers

  • Dr Nelleke Langerak

    Degrees

    • PhD Biomedical Engineering (2009)
    • Bsc Physiotherapy (2004)
    • MSc Human Movement Sciences (2001)

    Research Projects

    Interdisciplinary studies: gait analyses - physical, functional and fitness assessments - X-ray, MRI and DXA imaging – psychosocial, neurocognitive and life-style questionnaires.

    Principal investigator on following projects:

    • Long-term follow-up after Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP)
    • Long-term follow-up after multiple orthopaedic interventions in children with CP
    • Follow-up of children with HIV encephalopathy
    • Transition from childhood into adulthood with CP

    Biography

    Dr Nelleke G. Langerak is a Human Movement Scientist (HMS) working at the Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Besides her Master’s degree in Biomedical Health Sciences (HMS, 2001), she also has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy (2004, Cum Laude) and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering (2009, Tripe A: Cum Laude). Her first two degrees were obtained in the Netherlands, while she completed her PhD at UCT in South Africa (SA). After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU) in SA, she moved back to UCT where she is currently based.

    Her expertise lies in interdisciplinary research with a special interest in the lives of people with childhood-onset neuromuscular disabilities. She enjoys working with a holistic approach resulting in studies with a wide variety of outcome measures including gait analysis, physical examinations, functional tests, brain and spine imaging, neurocognitive studies, and quality of life, activity and participation assessments.

    Dr Langerak’s primary research is in the field of long-term follow-up studies after Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), a neurosurgical procedure, in children with spastic diplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP). In line with this, she also focuses on long-term outcomes of orthopaedic interventions in this population and transition problems. Another area of interest is the status of children with HIV encephalopathy and spastic diplegia, which formed the basis of a prestigious Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) award she received from the International AIDS Society. In addition, Dr Langerak received a five-year Research Career Advancement Fellowship funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa, what she is currently holding at UCT.

     

     

     

  • Dr Ursula Rohlwink

    Degrees

    • B.A Psychology and Neuroscience (2009)
    • MSc Neuroscience (2009)
    • PhD Neuroscience (2014)

    Selected Academic Grants

    • Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative -Wellcome Trust PhD Fellowship
    • Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative -Wellcome Trust Post-doctoral Fellowship
    • South African National Research Foundation Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers Grant
    • USA National Neurotrauma Society TEAM Women in Neuroscience Visiting International Scholar Grant

    Research focus

    • Dr Rohlwink stives to answer clinically relevant questions through translational research by integrating clinical data from multimodality brain monitors with laboratory data from transcriptomics, proteomics, drug recovery and metabolic analyses.

    Research Projects

    • Biomarkers of brain injury and inflammation in paediatric tuberculous meningitis
    • Differential gene expression profiling of the cerebrospinal fluid and blood of children with tuberculous meningitis
    • Transcriptomic and metabolomic analysis of brain injury mechanisms and energy metabolism in paediatric tuberculous meningitis
    • Neurocritical care in brain injury – traumatic and infectious
    • Cerebral microdialysis in traumatic brain injury and tuberculous meningitis
    • Pharmacokinetic profiling of rifampicin in site of disease samples in tuberculous meningitis
    • Pharmacokinetic profiling of analgosedatives in traumatic brain injury
    • Pathways of cell death in tuberculous meningitis
    • Long term consequences of paediatric tuberculous meningitis

    Biography

    Dr Ursula Rohlwink joined the UCT Division of Neurosurgery in 2009 when she began her Master’s in Neuroscience investigating the relationship between intracranial pressure and brain oxygentaion following paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). Through her continued research in neurotrauma in the Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit she has gained insight into neurocritical care and multimodality neuromonitoring. For her PhD in Neuroscience she expanded her research on brain injury to tuberculous meningitis (TBM), a severe form of disseminated tuberculosis. Her project examined biomarkers of brain injury and inflammation in association with neurodevelomental and clinical outcome. Key findings indicated ongoing brain injury in patients despite full TBM treatment, and compartmentalisation of inflammatory and injury responses within the central nervous system. She pursued this work further during her post-doctoral fellowship by characterising the immune response and mechanisms of brain injury using whole-genome RNA-sequencing in site of disease samples. In 2018 Dr Rohlwink was awarded one of the first fellowships in the UCT Neuroscience Institute. She continues her work on TBI and TBM as a member of the Division of Neurosurgery.

    Collaborations

    • John’s Hopkins Medicine, USA
    • Cambridge University, UK
    • Francis Crick Institute, UK
    • Imperial College, UK
    • University of Stellenbosch, RSA

     

     

  • Professor Peter Siesjö

    Professor Peter Siesjö

    Honorary Professor Lund University, Sweden

     

     

     

     

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  • Professor Matthew Wood

    Professor Matthew Wood

    Honorary Professor

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Registrars

  • Dr Byron De John

    Dr Byron De John

    Year 1

  • Dr Thembani Hina

    Dr Thembani Hina

    Year 2

  • Dr Tomson Katungi

    Dr Tomson Katungi

    Year 3

  • Dr Stefan Krugeri

    Dr Stefan Kruger

    Year 1

  • Dr Jed Lazarus

    Dr Jed Lazarus

    Medical Officer

    Dr Lazarus completed his MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 2015. He underwent his 2 year internship at New Somerset Hospital in Cape Town and completed his community service in 2019 at Potchefstroom Hospital, spending the year in the general surgery department. In 2019 he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Groote Schuur Hospital as a Medical Officer. Outside of medicine he enjoys travelling to various countries around the world and expanding his horizons. He is a great fan of sport and likes to keep fit and active. 

  • Dr Rene Lekoloane

    Dr Rene Lekoloane

    Year 2

    Dr Rene Lekoloane completed undergraduate training in 2012 with the University of KZN. After a 2-year internship in Cape Town, she went on to do rural attachment in the Limpopo province, followed by time spent in general surgery. She then returned to UCT as a medical officer in neurosurgery, before joining the registrar training programme in 2018.

  • Dr Lizette Louw

    Dr Lizette Louw

    Year 3

  • Dr Manyando Lubasi

    Dr Manyando Lubasi

    Year 3

    MD, Yaroslavl State Medical Academy- Russian Federation

    Did Internship at University teaching hospital (UTH) Lusaka Zambia for two years from 2009 to 2010 then was attached to a neurosurgical unit for over three months prior to being posted for rural service. Began neurosurgical training as a supernumerary registrar at UCT in September 2016.

  • Dr Babalwa Scwebu

    Dr Babalwa Scwebu

    Medical Officer

  • Dr Sean Tromp

    Dr Sean Tromp

    Year 4

    Dr Tromp completed medical training at University of Cape Town in 2012.  After two years of internship in East London, he spent time in general surgery and neurosurgery in Kimberley Hospital Complex, 2015.  He then returned to UCT in January 2016 to begin his registrar training.