Speakers Biographies


The Penman Visiting Professorship to the University of Cape Town was made possible by the generosity of the Frank Penman Memorial Foundation. This foundation was established by the late Mrs. Robina Douglas Penman in memory of her husband, Frank Garfield Penman who was treated by Professor JH Louw at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1963.

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Dr Nicola Fearnhead

Miss Nicola Fearnhead is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge since 2006. She studied medicine initially at UCT and then at Pembroke College, Cambridge and Merton College, Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Surgical training was undertaken in Bristol and Oxford followed by an International Fellowship in Advanced Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA in 2005. She is currently President-Elect of ACPGBI.

Subspecialty interests include advanced pelvic malignancy and exenteration surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, management of anal cancer including salvage surgery, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease and especially perianal Crohn's disease, pelvic floor disorders including rectovaginal fistula repair, intestinal failure and functional bowel disorders.

Nicola Fearnhead is active in several areas of clinical research, having led the ACPGBI's development of a research strategy with integrated patient and public involvement (the Delphi Research Programme) while Chair of ACPGBI's Research & Audit Committee from 2013-2017. She was awarded the Patient Liaison Group's Patient Champion Award in 2017. She has been a member of the NCRI Colorectal CSG surgical subgroup since 2014 and was appointed Chair of the subgroup in 2018. She serves on the trial management groups of HiP, CReST2, PREPARE-ABC and STAR-TREC, and on the independent data monitoring committee of OPERA.

She chaired the Clinical Advisory Group for the National Bowel Cancer Audit 2014 to 2018 and led the national programme for Consultant Outcome Publication in bowel cancer surgery on behalf of the ACPGBI from 2014 to 2016. She was appointed Clinical Co-Lead of the National Bowel Cancer Audit in 2019.

She served as Honorary Secretary of ACPGBI's IBD Clinical Advisory Group from 2016 to 2018, co-authored the 2017 Ileoanal Pouch Report and co-edited the 2018 ACPGBI Guidelines in IBD Surgery. She was selected for the RCS Emerging Leader's programme in 2015 and sits on the RCS Fellowships Committee.

She is also Chair of the Steering Group for the collaborative-led National Audit of SBO, on the steering committee of the NCEPOD Acute Bowel Obstruction enquiry, co-convenor of the IMPACT initiative and a Trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation. She serves as a medical adviser to Bowel Cancer UK and Crohn's and Colitis UK, and sits on the Programme Committee for ESCP.



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Dr Francois Malherbe

Dr Francois Malherbe attended medical school at the University of Free State and graduated in 1998.

After internship and community service he spent time in the UK and George Provincial Hospital before starting his surgical residency at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in 2008. He graduated in 2011 with a FCS(SA) and MMed(UCT). Since 2014 after working as a general surgeon at New Somerset Hospital he has been back full time at the Groote Schuur Hospital breast and surgical endocrine unit. His clinical interests are oncoplastic breast surgery, breast cancer, surgical oncology and endocrine neoplasms (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal)

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Dr Sean Burmeister

Dr Burmeister was born and raised in Cape Town, subsequently attending the University of Cape Town where he graduated with the MBChB degree in 1997. After completing his internship at Groote Schuur Hospital he spent time gaining surgical experience as a medical officer in the semi-rural areas of both the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Returning to the University of Cape Town, he completed his surgical training, becoming a fellow of the College of Surgeons in 2006. Dr Burmeister completed his sub-specialty training in Hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) and upper Gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery in 2010, the same year he took up a full time senior consultant post in the surgical HPB unit at Groote Schuur Hospital where he currently still works, as well as at the University of Cape Town Private Academic Hospital’s Digestive Diseases Unit. Dr Burmeister’s particular interests include the management of acute and chronic pancreatitis; pancreatic, hepatic and biliary malignancies; benign biliary disease; pancreatic cystic lesions; neuro-endocrine tumours and the role that endoscopy, specifically ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound as well as other minimally invasive modalities can play in the management of these conditions. Dr Burmeister plays an active role in various multi-disciplinary tumour boards and has assisted in the establishment of endoscopic ultrasound at Groote Schuur and UCT Private Hospitals. He is a senior lecturer and the convener of undergraduate education in the division of General Surgery as well as the year convener for the fifth year of the MBChB programme at the University of Cape Town. He is actively involved in post-graduate training at specialist and subspecialist level and has examined at both levels for the college of Medicine of South Africa. He is a member of the South African Gastroenterology Society and current President elect of the Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association of South Africa. He is a regular member of local and international faculty in various continuing medical educational activities and congresses relating to HPB diseases.

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Professor Pradeep H. Navsaria

Qualifications: MBChB(UCT), FCS(Surg)(SA), MMed(Surg)(UCT), Trauma Surgery (HPCSA), FACS

Clinical Position: Deputy-director: Trauma Center, Groote Schuur Hospital Academic Position: Professor of Surgery: Department of Surgery, Health Sciences, University of Cape Town Immediate Past- President: Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa (2015 – 2017) Clinical researcher: Special interests include civilian penetrating trauma, negative pressure wound therapy, temporary abdominal wall closure, non-operative management of penetrating abdominal, vascular and neck trauma, and under- and post-graduate surgical education. NRF-rated. Associate Editor: South African J Surgery Certified instructor: ATLS®, DSTC® and BSS® courses. Colleges of Medicine of South Africa: Examiner: General Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care Sub-specialty, Examination Board: Cert Trauma and Critical Care Sub-specialty. .

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Dr Deidré McPherson

Deidré is currently a subspecialty trainee in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre and University of Cape Town.

She completed her FCS in 2017, and has been working in the field of trauma surgery since then. She is a recipient of the Discovery Subspecialty Training Fellowship for 2018/19. Her research interests include the effects of HIV in the Trauma patient. She is also a registered PhD candidate investigating the role of Enhanced Recovery After Trauma Surgery (ERATS) in a randomized control study.

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Dr Marc Bernon

Dr Marc Bernon is a hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeon in the UCT Hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) surgical unit.

Dr Bernon completed his undergraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand. He completed his specialist general surgical training at the University of Cape Town in 2008 and completed his sub-specialist training in HPB surgery in 2011. During this time he became involved in the UCT liver transplant program. He has a specific interest in colorectal liver metastases, hepatocellular carcinoma, portal hypertension, pancreatic cancer and malignant biliary obstruction.

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Eduard Jonas

MB, ChB (Pret), MMed (Stell), FCS (SA), PhD (Karolinska Institutet) Eduard Jonas underwent his pre-graduate training at the University of Pretoria, South Africa obtaining a MBChB in 1985. He did his surgical training at the University of Stellenbosch becoming a Fellow of the South African College of Surgeons in 1995 and obtaining a MMed degree in general surgery.

He served as consultant surgeon in the Upper Gastrointestinal Service of the Department of General Surgery at Tygerberg hospital, Cape Town before taking up an endoscopy fellowship position at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden in 1997. He obtained a PhD from the Karolinska Institute in 2002 with a thesis on Imaging-based Dynamic Liver Testing. He was affiliated to the Karolinska Institute as associate professor and held several clinical positions in Karolinska Institute affiliated hospitals, including Head of Endoscopy at Danderyd Hospital and senior consultant in the Hepato-pancreato-biliary service of Karolinska University Hospital. Since 2015 he is Head of Surgical Gastroenterology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Dr. Heather Bougard

Dr. Heather Bougard is the Head of Clinical Unit for Surgery at New Somerset Hospital, an urban general specialist hospital in the Cape Metropole.

Heather is passionate about Minimal Access Surgery with particular emphasis on cost containment and applicability in the public sector. She has a special interest in Hernia Surgery and is the chair of the South African Hernia Interest Group. Heather also serves as Vice Chair of the Somerset Hospital Facilities Board and on the Executive Committee of the South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Dr Jeremy Plaskett

Surgical consultant from Victoria Hospital. Completed two-year fellowship in upper GI surgery at GSH.

Recently awarded a 6-week SASES traveling fellowship to AMC, Amsterdam where he gained valuable exposure to minimally-invasive oesophageal surgery. Remains actively involved in upper GI surgical and academic activities at GSH.

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Christo Kloppers

Christo Kloppers is currently heading the Acute Care Surgery Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital and do work as a consultant in the HPB Unit.

His undergraduate training was at the University of Stellenbosch. After a short stint in the UK he received both his General Surgery and HPB subspecialty training at UCT. He is a hernia enthusiast and his interests include all aspects of hernia surgery including laparoscopic repairs and open surgery. As part of HIG he is busy developing a national hernia databases.

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Adam Boutall

Adam Boutall is a colorectal surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Private Academic. He is the clinical lead for the Groote Schuur Intestinal Failure Unit and has an interest in complications of surgery and colonoscopy.

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Professor Bob Baigrie

BSc, MBChB, MD, FRCS (Eng) Qualifications obtained from UCT and Oxford University. Consultant Colorectal surgeon at GSH and UCT. Private practice: General and GI surgery with Dr Matley and Partners at Kingsbury and Vincent Pallotti Hospitals. Past President of ASSA, SASES and Chair of FoSAS. Management Council of the BJS and Editorial Board of Colorectal Disease. Distinguished Surgeon Award 2018.

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Dr Shreya Rayamajhi

Dr Shreya Rayamajhi is a consultant in the Acute Care Surgery Firm at Groote Schuur Hospital. She completed her post graduate training at the University of Cape Town and has spent an additional year as a fellow in Colorectal surgery at Groote Schuur hospital.

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Tinus du Toit

Dr du Toit completed his General Surgical training at the University of Cape Town in 2013. He is a Fellow of the European Board of Transplant Surgeons and is currently working as a Consultant Surgeon in the Transplant Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital.

He has a keen interest in dialysis access and attended the 4th Theoretical update and practical workshop in vascular access ultrasound (Bracelona, Spain, April 2014) and the 10th Congress of the Vascular Access Society (Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 2017).

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Claire Warden

Dr Warden is a Colorectal surgeon at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital

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Gayla Chinnery

I am a recently qualified General Surgeon from South Africa, with keen clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, therapeutic endoscopy and surgical oncology.

Undergraduate medical training at University of Pretoria Surgical specialisation at University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban Sub-specialisation in Surgical Gastroenterology, University of Cape Town Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, AMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands Presently running Upper GI Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, with a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and interventional endoscopy.

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Dr. Jan Jansen

MBBS PhD FRCS FFICM, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Jansen is a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in the United States. He also serves as his division’s Director of Research.

His medical training took place in the United Kingdom, where he obtained his medical degree, in 1997, and an intercalated Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy, in 1994. He completed his general surgery residency in Scotland, with trauma and critical care medicine fellowships in Johannesburg and Toronto. He worked as a consultant surgeon and intensivist in Aberdeen, Scotland, and in London, from 2008 until 2017, when he moved to the United States. Dr. Jansen served in the British Army, as a reservist. He joined as an infantry soldier, in the Parachute Regiment, and later transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for his service in Afghanistan. He holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Berlin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the recipient of an NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Fellowship. He is a former Moynihan Travelling Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Jansen’s research interests include trauma resuscitation, clinical trials in small populations, and the organization and delivery of trauma care. He is the chief investigator of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded UK-REBOA trial, as well as the Prehospital XSTAT (PhoXSTAT) trial in the United States.

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Dr Jenny Edge

Dr Jenny Edge is the bead of the Breast and Endocrine Unit at Tygerberg. She has recently returned to an academic position having spent 18 years as a breast surgeon in private practice in Cape Town.

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Dr Brenessa Lindeman

Dr. Brenessa Lindeman is a native of Kentucky, receiving her M.D. from Vanderbilt, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

She did her residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University and completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal disease and surgical treatment of inherited endocrine syndromes. Dr. Lindeman has distinguished herself as a surgical educator. She served as an Administrative Chief Resident at Hopkins and won both the Medical Student Teaching and the Resident Teaching awards. She earned a Master's of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of American Medical Colleges for four years. She is also an author of the AAMC’s Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. At UAB, she is the Associate Designated Institutional Official for the Clinical Learning Environment and says her desire is to improve the education and experiences of medical students and residents at UAB and across the United States. Building on her expertise as a surgical educator, Dr. Lindeman conducts research into the development of competency in surgical trainees, learning environment, physician wellness and burnout, learner mistreatment, and resident supervision and autonomy. She also is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and the American Thyroid Association and serves on national committees for the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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Mike Madden

Surgical training at University of Cape Town

Colorectal training at St Mark’s Hospital, London

Private coloproctology practice

Part-time specialist, Colorectal unit, Groote Schuur hospital & part-time senior lecturer in surgery, UCT

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Dr David Anderson

Dr David Anderson attended medical school at the University of Cape Town and graduated in 2002.

After qualifying as a Radiation oncologist in 2013, he did fellowships at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) in Abbotsford, Canada and the Tata Medical Center (TMC) in Calcutta, India. He is currently working as a radiation oncologist at the Department of Radiation Oncology in Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. He is head of the palliative care oncology team and is involved in the development of the palliative care curriculum for oncology registrars. He has a particular interest in breast-, urology- and unknown primary cancer.

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Dr Caroline Hilton

Dr Caroline Hilton graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2005.

She worked for four years in the clinical haematology and haematological pathology departments at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospitals prior to becoming the Transfusion Medical Specialist at the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service in mid-2014. Although she is a relative newcomer to the blood transfusion industry, she is passionate about providing the safest blood products possible to the South African public, and hopes to carve out a long and interesting career within this field.