Local Speakers

Dr Brian Allwood
Brian Allwood is a consultant pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonology at the Stellenbosch University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and completed his training as a Specialist Physician and Pulmonologist at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has also attained a Masters in Public Health, and completed a PhD which evaluated the link between tuberculosis and subsequent development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Recently, he completed a Fellowship in clinical pulmonary hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA). His major research interest is the consequences and management of post-tuberculosis respiratory disorders.

Lindsay Archibald-Durham
Lindsay is a Paediatric Dietitian based in Johannesburg. She graduated from the University of kwazulu Natal in 2000 and spent 13 years in the National Health Service in the UK working in the field of paediatrics and allergy.  Lindsay has a special interest in food allergies and is the current Chair of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) Allergy Dietetic Interest Group.  She works at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg as well practising in Edenvale and is a regular contributor to Your Baby magazine. She has a passion for encouraging children to be adventurous with new foods and for establishing healthy eating habits early on in childhood.

Dr Sheynaz Bassa
Dr SheynazBassa is a clinical and radiation oncologist and currently head of department at the Department of Radiation Oncology Steve Biko Academic hospital.

Prof Eric Bateman
Eric Bateman is a pulmonologist and clinician scientist, and founder and director of the University of Cape Town Lung Institute from 1999 until 2016. He was Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town from 1989 until 2012. He undertook research for his MD degree at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Brompton Hospital, London.
Professor Bateman’s primary research interests are the pharmacology and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as community-based interventions to improve the care of patients with chronic diseases. He has made substantial contributions to global recommendations for asthma management and has published more than 350 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Currently he serves as a member of the leadership and research team in the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) at the Lung Institute. He has served on the editorial boards of several international respiratory journals.
He has an A-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa, is a Life Fellow of the UCT, and a founding Fellow of the European Respiratory Society, and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the Board and Science Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma. He is on the Planning Committee of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases, and has served as President of the South African Thoracic Society for three terms.

Prof Andrew Bush
Research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. He has raised more than £80 million in peer review grants and donations. He has supervised 44 MD and PhD degrees, authored more than 550 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 100 chapters in books and monographs; he recently co-edited the 9th Edition of Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, the definitive International Text Book in the Paediatric Pulmonology. He has been Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (then highest impact factor respiratory journal, the only Deputy Editor from outside North America), and the Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, the then 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post. He has also been Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society, and is currently Chair of the ERS Publications Committee. He is an emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator, and Honorary Professor at Red Cross Hospital 

Dr Greg Calligaro
Greg Calligaro completed undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Cape Town in 2009. He completed sub-specialist training as a pulmonologist in 2012, and is currently a consultant in the Respiratory Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital, and a research co-ordinator at the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit. He is working towards a PhD examining aspects of lung health in patients with HIV infection on antiretroviral treatment, as part of an NIH-funded study conducted at the UCT Lung Institute. His research interests include the infectious and non-infectious pulmonary complications of HIV. He is supported by a Discovery Academic Fellowship, an MRC Training Fellowship, and two Pulmonology Research Fellowships from the South African Thoracic Society

Prof Risenga Chauke
Risenga Chauke is a full-time lecturer, Professor and HOD, and Clinician at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital and SefakoMakgatho Health Sciences University Complex.  He has been at this employ since 1995 as a medical officer, registrar, consultant and now Head of Department.  He has an MBChB degree, MMed (Thoracic Chir) degree from Medunsa.  He is also a Deputy Dean of the School of Medicine since January 2019.  He is an associate of the College of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa with Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and a facilitator with a learning outcome of Facilitate learning using a variety of Given Methodologies from the Assessment College of South Africa.  He has completed his MBA degree in November 2014 with Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria.
He has qualified in a variety of certificate courses which include Certificate in Stentless Valve Implantation Advanced/Experts Training, Atrial Fibrillation Advanced/Expert Training, Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Masterclass, to name but a few.
He has published several articles and case reports in peer reviewed journals and has presented in multiple local congresses.  His thesis for his MBA is on “Management Training for Professional Leader:  Myth or Reality”.
Prof Chauke is an executive member of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa.  Is a councillor of the College of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of the Colleges of Medicine South Africa.   He is a senator of the SefakoMakgatho Health Sciences University and board member of the Faculty Board of School of Medicine.  He is a board member and executive of the African Haze 20 cc, which is a private health company in Limpopo.
Prof Chauke is also a chairperson of Bankuna Alumni Association.  This is a project aimed at empowering the matriculants at the previously disadvantaged community to work harder through motivational talks and donations of relevant equipment and materials.

Dr Jennifer Coetzee
Qualified as a clinical microbiologist from University of Witwatersrand, and spent time working as a consultant at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital. Currently working as a consultant microbiologist in the Clinical microbiology and Molecular biology departments of Ampath’s National Reference Laboratory in Centurion, Gauteng.  She is a member of South African Society of Clinical Microbiology (SASCM) as well as European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). Her research interests include documenting the emergence of carbapenemases in South Africa, and the epidemiology of invasive fungal infections.

Dr Ziyaad Dangor
ZiyaadDangor is a paediatric pulmonologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. As a researcher, Ziyaad completed his doctoral thesis on the clinical and immunological epidemiology of Group B Streptococcus disease at the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit. In addition, his research interests include childhood TB, sequelae of lung disease in young infants and point-of-care lung ultrasound.  Ziyaad is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the University of Witwatersrand. He serves on the executive committee of the South African Paediatric Association, and is an examiner in the College of Paediatricians of South Africa. He is also an instructor with the Advanced Paediatric Life Support Group.

Prof Keertan Dheda
Keertan Dheda is a South African National Research Foundation ‘A’-rated scientist and Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town. His research work has focussed on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and transmission of respiratory pathogens including TB. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers (Scopus H index= 58) including 4 first or senior author original publications in The Lancet. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award and the 2018 European Union-funded EDCTP Scientific Leadership Award. He has been profiled in The Lancet, SABC Visionaries, and the Business Day, and serves on several national and international academic and advisory bodies. He holds 5 patents related to new TB control technologies. He is also Professor of Mycobacteriology and Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Visiting Professor at University College London, and the current president of the South African Thoracic Society.

Dr Carla Els
Received medical degrees - MBChB (UOFS) in 2002, Dip Child Health (SA) in 2005, FCPAED(SA) and MMED (Paed UP) 2008, Fellowship pulmonology Louvain Belgium 2009, Dip Allergology (SA) and Cert Pulmonology(SA) in 2010.  During university training she received A Golden Key International Honour Society award in recognition of academic achievement (2001) Special academic interests are Asthma and allergy, Cystic Fibrosis, Lysosomal storage diseases, Non-invasive ventilation.  Hobbies: My 2 year old. Reading when I am not sleeping.  Started specialising in Paediatrics in 2005 at University of Pretoria and successfully completed M.MED and FCP examinations during 2008. Completed fellowship in pulmonology in Louvain Belgium 2008-2009. Completed her certificate in pulmonology and diploma in Allergy in 2010 at University of Pretoria. Registered as Paediatric pulmonologist 2011.  Currently in private practice at NetcareLinksfield Hospital. She is a member of Medical Scientific committee for Cystic Fibrosis in SA (MSAC) since 2011. Chair of MSAC 2012-2015. Member of the Lysosomal disease advisory panel since 2012. Member of the allergic rhinitis working group since 2012

Dr Ali Esmail
Ali Esmail is a Specialist Physician and Pulmonologist at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute, and at the Respiratory Clinic at Groote Schuur hospital. His research focus is in the field of diagnostics and management of drug-resistant TB. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics in leading national and international journals. Additionally, he has authored two book chapters on the management of drug-resistant TB and co-supervises three MMed/PhD students.
Dr Esmail also heads the Clinical Trials Unit at the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity Unit, which channels all research activities within the centre. He is also a recipient of an EDCTP Career Development Fellowship which has enabled him to undertake his PhD in identifying biomarkers that portend favourable outcomes in MDR-TB. He has also received numerous monetary awards including DP Marais TB research award, AztraZeneca South African Thoracic Society Research Fellowship Award, Sandoz and Lekhy prize for undergraduate academic excellence.

Prof Monika Esser
Certified Paediatric Rheumatologist and consultant in charge of paediatric clinical immunology and rheumatology services, and Head of the NHLS Immunology laboratory Unit at Tygergerg Academic Hospital, Stellenbosch University. Founder member and past chairperson of the African Society for Immunodeficiencies (ASID). HPCSA accredited convener of the Paediatric Rheumatology sub specialist program and the Immunology Intern Scientist Program at Stellenbosch University. Research activities and publications range from prevention of neonatal sepsis, descriptions of immune deficit /dysregulations, innate immune responses in HIV exposure of neonates to molecular diagnostic investigation and data collection for the Registry of Primary Immune deficits in South Africa.

Dr Pieter Ekerman
Dr Ekerman attained aMBChB degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 and a MMed degree in Clinical Pathology from the University of Witwatersrand in 2012. Post-qualification he worked for two years in Port Elizabeth in the state sector. Currently to date, he works in the Department of Microbiology, National Reference Laboratory, at AMPATH laboratories in Centurion.  He has a keen interest in mycobacteriology.

Prof Charles Feldman
Professor Charles Feldman obtained his MB BCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequently received his FCP (SA), PhD, and DSc. He was registered as a sub-specialist in Pulmonology in 1993 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 1997. He has been a member of the Human Research Ethics committee of the University of the Witwatersrand for many years and until 2017 acted as a deputy chair of the committee. He is a member of a number of national and international societies and has been President of the South African Thoracic Society on 2 previous occasions. He undertakes both clinical and basic research. The topic of his clinical research is community-acquired pneumonia, especially pneumococcal pneumonia and particularly in the setting of HIV infection. His basic research has been in the field of airway inflammation of both infective and non-infective aetiology. He has more than 350 publications in books, book chapters, and in both indexed and DE accredited peer reviewed journals.

Razick Gani
Consultant Pulmonologist
Helen Joseph Hospital ICU, Johannesburg
My interests are  Evolutionary and Systems biology in Medicine, Quantitative image analysis in Chest Radiology

Prof Pierre Goussard
Prof. Pierre Goussard is a pediatric pulmonologist working at Tygerberg  children`s hospital in Cape Town South Africa which acts as a referral center for complicated  cases  including disease like Tuberculosis , HIV, complicated pneumonia as well as  complicated airway pathology and congenital lesions. Responsible for pediatric bronchoscopes. Where do about 350 cases per year which includes flexible bronchoscopes and rigid bronchoscope. We also do a large number of different interventional procedures. His research fields included airway disease due to tuberculosis as well as new diagnostic methods using BAL in tuberculosis and other disease. He has recently completed my PhD and has published 56 peer review articles and a number of book chapters. 

Prof Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is a paediatrician with subspecialist accreditation in allergology. She undertook her medical degree at the University of Cape Town, graduating as top overall medical student with a summa cum laude. She then went on to specialize in paediatrics, paediatric allergy and paediatric clinical pharmacology in London. She returned from the United Kingdom to settle in Cape Town with her family in 2009, when she undertook a PhD looking into eczema and food allergy. This unique combination of training and experience allows Claudia to offer comprehensive management of a wide range of paediatric and allergic disorders.Claudia is an associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town, and a subspecialist Allergist at Red Cross and in private practice at Vincent Pallotti hospital. She has over 70 publications in local and international journals, and is co- editor of the latest ALLSA handbook of allergies. She is currently secretary of ALLSA, and a director of AFSA.

Dr Diane Gray
Dr Diane Gray is a paediatric pulmonologist and clinical researcher in the Department of Paediatrics, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on better understanding the determinants of chronic lung disease in African children and the development of appropriate preventive and management strategies. Her interests include Paediatric HIV lung disease, TB and bronchiectasis. She has setup infant and preschool lung function testing in Africa, and contributed to international collaborations developing tools for preschool lung function testing. She is co-investigator of the Paediatric and Adult African Spirometry (PAAS) project. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust intermediate fellowship for research investigating the impact of early life exposures on chronic respiratory illness in African children and is the proud mum of Nate and Ben.

Prof Robin Green
Robin J Green is Chairman of the School of Medicine at the University of Pretoria. He is also Director of Paediatric Services and Paediatric Pulmonology, Paediatric Intensive Care and Allergy Services at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health within the School of Medicine at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD and DSc, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is Past President of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa and a Past Chairman of the Allergy Society of South Africa.

Prof Matt Haus
Professor Matthias Haus is currently Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and the Lead Independent Non-Executive Director of the Holding Company of Adcock Ingram .He holds a Doctoral degree ( M.D.) in Paediatric Allergology , as well as numerous other degrees , and is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Pharmaceutical Physicians and the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa , who recently awarded him their prestigious Honorary Fellowship ( HON FCMSA).
He is a Specialist Family Physician , and a Sub-Specialist in Allergology , and is widely published in Medicine , Business and Philosophy . He has served on numerous  Global and Local business Boards , and was Chairman of the Professional Provident Society of South Africa  and an Executive Director and Vice President of both the Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca  group of Companies . He has worked  globally on every Continent , and lived in Shanghai , China while directing some of the Asia-Pacific R and D efforts , including Hong Kong .
He is past Chairman of the Allergy Society of South Africa, and has lectured at the Singapore based INSEAD campus on consumer branding and  philosophy and at Cambridge University in Clinical Immunology . He has been Editor of numerous Academic Journals .

Samantha Holtzhausen
Samantha Holtzhausen (MSc. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation) obtained both her undergraduate (2011) and master’s (2014) degree from Stellenbosch University. She is a director at Nel, Housego, Holtzhausen Physiotherapists Inc. and has been working in private practice in Cape Town since 2013 with a special interest in critical care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. She runs a well-established clinic, assisting athletes; lung transplant candidates/recipients and individuals suffering from chronic respiratory conditions.

Prof Nazir Ismail
Professor Nazir Ismail was appointed in 2012 as the Head of the Centre for Tuberculosis incorporating the WHO supranational TB Reference Laboratory at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases/NHLS. He is a pathologist by training and is the lead tuberculosis researcher at NICD with a focus on TB diagnostics, epidemiology, public health responses and transmission.  Two major national studies were completed under his leadership, the SA National TB Drug Resistance survey 2012-14 and the trends in microbiologically confirmed TB nationally and sub-nationally. In addition, he has directed development and significant outputs in the field of genomics using next generation technologies. Lastly, transmission studies of DR-TB across SA are being conducted providing new knowledge in understanding drivers of TB in a high burden setting. 

Dr David  Jankelow
Dr Jankelow is the President of the South African Heart Association.  Clinical cardiologist, Linksfield Clinic, Johannesburg.  He was the Chairman of the SAHeart 2017 Congress - “fundamentals to Innovation”.  Excited about the digital revolution and future thereof in medicine.  Mad Crossfitter.

Prof Prakash Mohan Jeena
Professor Jeena is currently Head of the Paediatric Intensive care Unit and Paediatric Pulmonology and Asthma & Allergy at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa. He serves as academic head to the final year Paediatric program at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Prof Jeena completed his undergraduate medical degree in 1985, specialized in Paediatrics in 1992 and qualified as a Paediatric pulmonologist in 1996. He completed his PhD on viral infections in HIV infection. He has served as chairperson of the Paediatric Subcommittee of the Essential Drugs program of South Africa, board member of the Critical Care Society of South Africa.
He has made several national and international presentations at conferences, written over 100 original research manuscripts, authored chapters in textbooks, served as editor for national journals and been invited reviewer for many prestigious journal including the Lancet, Pediatric infectious diseases and the Pediatric pulmonology. Prof Jeena served on many committees creating guidance documents on common childhood respiratory conditions under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the international Union against Tuberculosis and lung disease. His special research interest in childhood immunization, tuberculosis, HIV and lung disease and acute respiratory infections in childhood

Dr Elton Joseph
Dr Joseph completed his B. Sc and B. Sc Hons degrees at UKZN in 98, thereafter pursued MBChB concurrently with M. Sc Med (Physiology) at Medunsa, secured scholarships from South African Military Health Services as well as The NRF, was part of a research team involved in cardiovascular physiology, with multiple publications in accredited journals in cardiovascular physiology. He lectured at TUT, UP and Medunsa physiology departments. Completed internship at 1 military hospital 2005 and undertook and completed M. Med (Int Med) at UP 2010, after which he went on to practice as a specialist physician at netcare Unitas in Centurion. He is currently a fellow in pulmonology at University of pretoria with scholarship from the netcare foundation.

Dr Ismail Kalla
Dr Kalla is a Senior Specialist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the Chair of the Under-Graduate Teaching Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Supernumerary Post-Graduate portfolio. Dr Kalla has received numerous awards during his career including the Jock Gear Award for the being the most accomplished registrar during his specialist training, the Asher Dubb Medal for his Specialist Physician’s Examination and the Greenblatt Respiratory Prize during his fellowship in Pulmonology. Dr Kalla was also the recipient of the Bobby Grieve research prize and was most recently awarded the prestigious T H Bothwell Research Prize which is the premier research prize within the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr Kalla’s research interest is in the field of immunology of airway inflammation and he has completed his PhD in inflammatory pathways in Asthma.

Dr Tamara Kerbelker
Tamara Kerbelker is a paediatrician and registered allergist working in the division of ambulatory and emergency paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's hospital.

Dr Omolemo Kitchin
Paediatric Pulmonologist at Netcare Waterfall Hospital, Midrand

Prof Sharon Kling
Prof Kling is the Clinical Unit Head, General Paediatrics, and head of the Allergy Clinic, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital. She is a member of the Executive Committee of ALLSA, and Immediate Past President of the College of Paediatricians of SA. Her main clinical and research interests are paediatric asthma, allergy and clinical ethics.

Dr Celeste Kock
Dr Celeste Kock (MBChB, FCPaed(SA), Cert. Gastroenterol(Paed)UP) completed a 6 year pre-graduate training at the University of the Free State in 2004. She then specialised in Paediatrics and subsequently in the sub-speciality of Paediatric Gastroenterology at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria (2013). She is mostly at her private practice which is situated at Mediclinic Midstream in Pretoria and here she focuses widely on Paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Dr Kock was a lecturer and was involved with student training at Steve Biko Academic Hospital until 2016, but due to a busy private practice she does sessional work at the clinic only. She has published on topics of chronic liver disease and gastrointestinal tuberculosis and is actively involved in research but her passion lies in the management of short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure patients. Dr Kock is involved in the area of Continuous Professional Development and gives presentations and talks related to topics in paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. She is active in Terciary Education and was an invited examiner in the 2017 College of Paediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Examinations.

Prof Coenie Koegelenberg
Coenie Koegelenberg is primarily a clinician working in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. After completing his training in General Internal Medicine in 2001 at Stellenbosch University, he spent 30 months working in Thoracic and General Medicine in the United Kingdom, where he qualified as a specialist. He returned to South Africa to complete his training in Respiratory Medicine, and was appointed as a consultant in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at Tygerberg Academic Hospital (Cape Town) in 2005. He was also appointed as an associate professor in Pulmonology at Stellenbosch University in 2012, and promoted to professor in 2017. 
His research interests over the past decade have included lung cancer, infectious and pleural diseases, preoperative assessment of lung resection candidates and more recently applied transthoracic ultrasound and interventional pulmonology. Coenie Koegelenberg is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and 15 textbook chapters, most on transthoracic ultrasound, pleural and infectious diseases. He completed a PhD in 2011, and is currently actively involved with numerous related studies. He has been an invited speaker to numerous national and international congresses.
Coenie Koegelenberg is involved with the teaching of basic ultrasound skills to trainees in General Internal Medicine, and more advance skills (including bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound, transbronchial needle aspiration, endoscopic lung volume reduction and thoracoscopy) to fellows in Respiratory Medicine. He is also the vice-president of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS) and one of the founding members and current chair of Interventional Pulmonology South Africa (IPSA).

Prof Michael Levin
Prof Mike Levin is head of the Division of Asthma and Allergy in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Cape Town.  He serves on the executive committee of the Allergy Society of South Africa and the board of directors of the World Allergy Organisation.  He teaches medical students, medical professionals and specialists in allergy and presents at national and international allergy congresses.  He has published 92 peer reviewed scientific articles, 5 chapters in medical books and edited a textbook of paediatrics and the ALLSA handbook of allergy. Prof Levin has a special interest in epidemiology of allergy in Africa, severe allergies and anaphylaxis, as well as patient support and education.  Current research includes rural and urban differences in prevalence of food allergy and mechanisms of meat-induced anaphylaxis. 

Dr Alison Lupton-Smith
Alison Lupton-Smith is a lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University.  Alison qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town (UCT).  She went on to obtain her PhD at UCT with her dissertation entitled “Ventilation distribution in infants and children: its determinants and distribution” in 2017.  She serves on both the national and provincial committees of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy and the provincial committee of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa.  She has a strong interest in both paediatric and adult cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and rehabilitation, the role of physiotherapy in critical care and the health outcomes of critical illness survivors.  Alison is dedicated to improving healthcare and patient experience in South Africa.

Dr Shaun Maasdorp
After obtaining his MBChB in 2001 at the University of the Free State, Dr Shaun Maasdorp completed his internship at the Windhoek Hospital Complex in Namibia.  He returned to the University of the Free State in 2006 to pursue post-graduate studies in Internal Medicine, subsequently obtaining his MMed(Internal Medicine), FCP(SA) and Cert. Pulmonology(SA)Phys.  After a short period in private practice, he returned to the University of the Free State to take up the post of Senior Lecturer and Head of Critical Care in 2018.  In 2019, Dr Maasdorp was appointed as Head of Pulmonology in the Department of Internal Medicine.  He has a keen interest in medical education in which he is currently pursuing further studies.

Prof Shabir Madhi
Shabir Madhi is Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Director of the Medical Research Council Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit. He currently also serves on the World Health Organisation Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on vaccines, and is the Chairperson of the Ministerial appointed National Advisory Group for Immunization (NAGI) in South Africa.  He has been involved in vaccine-related epidemiology and clinical development studies for the past 21 years with a focus on the leading causes of pneumonia, diarrhoea and neonatal sepsis. He has co-authored over 400 scientific publications in the field of childhood vaccines, pneumonia, neonatal sepsis and maternal vaccination.  The research from his group has been instrumental in influencing WHO policy for the introduction of live saving vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhea disease into immunization programs of low-middle income countries; and also led to South Africa being the first on the continent to introduce these vaccines into its national public immunization programs. 

Prof Akhter Goolam Mahomed
Currently a Specialist Physician /Pulmonologist/Intensivist in Private Practice in Pretoria.
Initially he was a Consultant Physician, Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine at Hillbrow and Johannesburg Hospitals and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He was awarded the 1995 Allen and Hanburys / South African Pulmonology Society Research Fellowship Award and spent time as a Research Fellow in the Department of Immunology, University of Pretoria in 1996 and in the Host Defence Unit, National Heart and Lung Institute, London, United Kingdom in 1997.
He has been the Chief Specialist and Head of Intensive Care Unit, Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital, and Head and Associate Professor of Intensive Care, SefakoMakgatho Health Sciences University from 2010-2015. 
He has been National President of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa and Chairman of the organising committee South African Thoracic Society Congress in 2013 and 2019. He was chairman of the Jacaranda branch of Critical Care Society of Southern Africa and chairman of the Gauteng region of the National Asthma Education Program (NAEP). He is an Elected Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians of North America (FCCP) and is Member of the Allergy Society of South Africa, the South African Society of Travel Medicine, the South African Medical Association, the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society. He is an author of a number of papers and has won best paper awards for a number of them.
He was awarded the major MRC Ship Grant in 2013 for the Next-RCT Trial – A phase 3 Randomised control study of treatment of MDR-TB. He is the Principal investigator with Prof. Dheda on that trial.

Dr Ahmed Manjra
Specialist Paediatrician &Allergologist in Private practice in Durban
Graduated from Natal Medical School in 1983 ,obtainedMB,ChB.
Obtained FCP in Paediatrics in 1988
Obtained Diploma in Allergology in 2003 ( Cumme Laude)
Obtained  Masters degree in Clinical Pharmacology from University of Kwa-ZuluNatal in 2009.
International Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma And Immunology
Fellow of the American College of Allergy & Clinical Immunolgy.
Member of the European Academy of allergy & clinical Immunology.
Past president of Allergy Society of South Africa
Executive member of Allergy Society of South Africa
Editor of “ALLSA Handbook of Allergy” Published 2018

Prof Refiloe Masekela
Professor Refiloe Masekela is a Paediatric Pulmonologist and is the Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban South Africa. She obtained her undergraduate medical degree at Witwatersrand University, and completed her specialist Paediatrics training at the University of Pretoria. She then completed her fellowship in Paediatric Pulmonology at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pretoria. Her research interests are Bronchiectasis in children; both in HIV- infected children as well as in cystic fibrosis. She also has an interest in lung physiological testing, particularly lung function testing in children and the determination of normative lung reference equations in African children and adults. She has published in peer-reviewed publications and has written three book chapters on respiratory diseases in children. She has presented her research and given invited lectures at national and international pulmonology congresses.
She is a passionate teacher and has been involved in both under-graduate and postgraduate teaching and has supervised and graduated 13 Masters Students. She is an NRF C3 rated researcher and has acted as a reviewer for local paediatric and pulmonology journals and Master’s and Doctoral theses. She is the Vice President of the Pan African Thoracic Society and a member of the European Respiratory Society Global Lung Initiative Network of Clinical Research Collaboration committee. She is also a member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Diagnostic Working Group as the African representative. She is an executive member of the South African Thoracic Society, the South African Cystic Fibrosis Scientific Committee and is a past chairperson of the South African National Asthma Education Programme.

Prof Mervyn Mer
Professor Mer currently presides as a principal specialist at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Professor Mer’s academic background includes aMBBCh degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a Dip PEC (South Africa), FCP (South Africa), MMed (University of the Witwatersrand) and a PhD (University of the Witwatersrand). He has a Pulmonology subspecialty as well as Cert Critical Care (SA). He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London, UK) and of the College of Chest Physicians (United States).  Professor Mer is involved in various aspects of clinical research, is a hands-on clinician and has participated in more than 850 lectures and presentations. He is a sought after presenter nationally and internationally with many presentations given to standing ovations. He is extensively involved in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and serves as an examiner for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in several disciplines

Dr Mohammed Mitha
Dr Mitha did his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Durban at UKZN. He received an MSC in Epidemiology at Columbia University in the City of New York.  He is  currently working as a pulmonologist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.

Prof Rajen Morar
Prof Rajen Morar graduated as a medical doctor in 1984.
He has been a pulmonologist for over 20 years now.
He is the Clinical Head of Pulmonology at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand

Prof Brenda Morrow
Brenda Morrow qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Cape Town. She completed her PhD in 2005; in 2014 completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics (cum laude); and is currently registered for a PG Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care. Brenda is an active researcher, and teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students from many disciplines. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications; has co- edited a textbook on Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy in Trauma (the first in its field); written 12 book chapters; and presented at numerous national and international medical congresses. She is a member of the National Health Research Committee; a scientific member of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee; on the Executive Committees of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation special interest group of the South African society of Physiotherapy and the International Confederation of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapists (ICCrPT); a Council member of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa; and secretary of the Medical and Scientific Council for Cystic Fibrosis in South Africa; as well as a member of many other special interest, editorial and advisory boards. She is Deputy Editor of the Southern African Journal of Critical Care and a regular reviewer for numerous international journals.

Prof Tim Noakes  
Prof Noakes obtained an MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 1995 he co-found the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He is an NRF A1-rated scientist and has received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”. He is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT. At age 69 he is still physically active, running regularly and doing Crossfit twice a week.
Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles and won numerous awards over the years. His book “Lore of Running” is in its 4th edition and won the UCT Book Award. Since 2012 he has published another 7 books, most recently “Lore of Nutrition”, currently being published overseas as “Real Foods on Trial”.
Following the publication of “The Real Meal Revolution” he founded The Noakes Foundation and now devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate, high fat diet and to raising funds for related research.

Prof Romy Parker
Romy Parker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Pain Management Unit in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She is an active researcher who has successfully supervised numerous postgraduate students. Associate Professor Parker is the course convenor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management, the first programme of its kind in Africa. She is an experienced physiotherapy clinician working in chronic pain management as part of the Chronic Pain Management interdisciplinary team of Groote Schuur Hospital. Her research focusses on pain, with emphasis on developing and testing mechanism-based treatments relevant to a South African context. She is the current president of PainSA (the South African chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain), Past- Chair of the Pain, Mind and Movement Special Interest Group of IASP and an Honorary Life Member of the Pain Management Physiotherapy Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

Dr Alan Peter
Dr Peter graduated Wits MBBCh 1984
Philosophy studies University of Pietermaritzburg 1990
Theology Studies Centre Sevres Paris 1995
FCP 2002
Cert Pulm 2009
Worked at CHBAH from 1998 to date.
Division of pulmonology at CHBAH since 2009.
Clinical Head of General Medical Unit since 2011.

A/Prof Jonny Peter
Dr Jonathan Peter is a physician, specialised in internal medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In February 2016, Jonathan was registered with the HPCSA as the first adult allergologist in South Africa, and is Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town and the Allergy and Immunology unit, UCT Lung Institute. Current clinical and research interests include: i) immune-mediated adverse drug reactions ii) urticaria and angioedema, iii) primary immunodeficiencies, and iv) emollient therapy. Jonathan has over 50 publications in high impact factor journals, and H-index of 28. Most recently, he has been awarded a Silver Award as an outstanding early-career researcher by the South African Medical Research Council.

Prof Guy Richards
Professor Guy Richards is Visiting Professor of Critical Care and Pulmonology at the University of the Witwatersrand and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.  Professor Richards was awarded his medical degree in 1978, specialised in internal Medicine in 1985 and subsequently qualified as a pulmonologist and intensivist. He was awarded his PhD in Medicine in 1992 from the University of Witwatersrand.   He was awarded the Mandela Medal in Gold by the president for distinguished service related to the passing of Nelson Mandela: 2014 December.  Professor Richards has twice been the Co-Chairman of the South African national Critical Care and Thoracic Society Congress and was chairman again in 2015.  He has been invited to speak at numerous meetings on pulmonology and intensive care and has given well over 500 invited presentations at national and international congresses. Professor Richards has been awarded best research paper, best presentation and best publication on a number of occasions at congresses of the SA Thoracic Society (SATS) and the SA Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA), most recently in 2014.
Since 1992, Professor Richards has taken an active role in the Guideline Working Groups of the South African Thoracic Society, including asthma, community-acquired pneumonia, COPD, and smoking cessation and similarly with the Nesibhopo group which devises critical Care guidelines on behalf of the CCSSA.  He is Chairman of the Pharmacy and therapeutic Committee at CMJAH and is chairman of the Gauteng Provincial formulary committee for the Provincial Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee. He is currently a reviewer for many international and local journals

Dr Ivan Schewitz
Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Private practice.
Honorary Consultant Pretoria Medical School Dept cardiothoracic Surgery
South African Thoracic Society Board member
Pan African Thoracic Society Executive
Chest Wall International Group Executive
Director Numerous Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery Wet labs.
Pectus Surgeon. Introduced Nuss procedure to South Africa.
VATS surgeon.
Congress co-director.
Long distance runner, chess player.

Jacqui Schewitz
Jacqui Schewitz works in private practice in Johannesburg South Africa. Jacqui completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at Wits in 2003 and 2013 respectively. Her research involved the functioning of the diaphragm. She works at Netcare Sunward Park and Netcare Waterfall City Hospital where she is involved in clinical care. Jacqui has published internationally and nationally on the diaphragm as well as the thoracic post surgical patient. She is currently on the CPRG committee for the SASP. Jacqui facilitated the postgraduate course CPT 1 as well as lectured on the course.

Dr Riaz Seedat
Riaz Seedat is professor and head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of the Free State and Universitas Academic Hospital. His areas of interest include paediatric otorhinolaryngology and allergic rhinitis.

Greg Tintinger
Greg Tintinger is the Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His qualifications include MBBCh, MMed (Internal Medicine, Pulmonology), PhD (Immunology) and a certificate in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. He has also participated in two Sleep Medicine Fellowship programs in the USA. His research interests lie in understanding the mechanisms of neutrophil-mediated inflammation and the elucidation of strategies to down-regulate neutrophil pro-inflammatory activity and neutrophil extracellular trap formation (NETosis).

Dr Marlice Van Dyk
Dr Marlice van Dyk achieved her M.B. and Ch.B at the University of the Freestate. In 2000 she completed her fellowship at the College of Anaesthetists in the Witwatersrand followed by a fellowship in Intensive Care. More recently, Dr van Dyk obtained her Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound from the University of Melbourne and  is proceeding with her Masters in Clinical Ultrasound with the University of Melbourne.  Currently practising as a Specialist Anaesthetist and Intensivist, Dr van Dyk’s interests lie in Critical Care. This passion and determination in her field have culminated in Dr van Dyk spearheading the establishment of the ELSO accredited ECMO Centre at NetcareUnitas Hospital. As the director of the ECMO Centre, Dr van Dyk runs numerous training sessions and continues to strive for excellence in this field.

Dr Cathy van Rooyen
Dr Cathy van Rooyen is the head of the Immunology laboratory at the Ampath National Reference laboratory in Centurion. She specialised in pathology at the University of Pretoria and underwent training in Clinical Immunology in the UK. She has a special interest in allergy and immunology diagnostics and developed specialised diagnostic tests and services for the diagnosis of non-IgE mediated allergy as well as primary immunodeficiencies (PID) at Ampath, which is currently the most comprehensive diagnostic service in South Africa.
Dr van Rooyen has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, supervises medical scientist training and has been a speaker at various conferences and CME events. Dr van Rooyen is appointed as an extra-ordinary lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Pretoria, where she is involved in PID clinics. Through her involvement in laboratory testing, as well as through clinical consultation at the Ampath diagnostic referral clinic for allergies and immunology, she endeavours to help bring allergy and immunology diagnostics from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside.

Mrs Idonette Van Zyl
Idonette van Zyl is a Registered Dietitian in private practice, with a special interest in paediatric food allergies. She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2007. Her passion for allergies originated with the diagnosis of non-IgE mediated, multiple-food allergies in her first-born son in 2011. Her interest in food allergies grew as her second-born son was diagnosed with FPIES in 2013. Since that time, she has been striving to assist and support families with food-allergic children, thereby helping to improve their quality of life. She is also employed as a part-time lecturer at the North West University (NWU), where she strives to increase allergy awareness among upcoming Dietitians. She completed her master’s degree (cum-laude) during 2018 at the NWU, on the Nutrition during Pregnancy and Early Development (NuPED) study, titled "Fatty acid and micronutrient intake and status in association with allergy among pregnant urban women in South Africa". She is the current research officer of the ALLSA Allergy Dietetic Interest Group (ADIG).

Prof Richard  van Zyl-Smith
Associate Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit is a consultant pulmonologist at Groote Schuur Hospital and the Division of Pulmonology University of Cape Town and the head of the Lung Clinical Research Unit at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute and. He runs both the smoking cessation clinic and the adolescent respiratory services. After qualifying as a pulmonologist, he completed his PhD investigating the effects of tobacco smoke and nicotine on human pulmonary defence mechanisms (immune responses) to tuberculous infection. From 2013 he has headed the Lung Clinical Research Unit and has now been appointed as a full time consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital Respiratory Clinic.  He has over 55 publications in the fields of TB diagnostics, COPD, tobacco smoking, e-cigarettes, TB infections as well as the Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome.  He was the lead author on the South African smoking cessation clinical practice guidelines in 2013 and a co-author (on behalf of the Pan African Thoracic Society) on the Forum of International Respiratory Society’s position statement on electronic cigarettes.  Currently he leads the Lung Clinical Research Unit’s COPD and asthma clinical study activities as well as the smoking cessation services at Groote Schuur Hospital. His major research interests are airways diseases specifically asthma and COPD with a focus on tobacco, household air pollution, electronic cigarettes and their impact on pulmonary immune responses (to pneumococcal and mycobacterial infection) and the development of COPD.

Prof Andre Van Niekerk
André is a Paediatrician and Paediatric Pulmonologist. He works as session consultant at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Pretoria and in private practice at the netcare Clinton and netcareAlberlitoHospitals. The netcare Clinton practice is a HPCSA accredited sub-specialist training unit. André received an Honorary Professorship from the University of Pretoria. He is the Vice Chair of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA), the ALLSA liaison for the PimaryImmunedefficiency Working Group (PIDDSA) of ALLSA, a director of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and a member of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS) and the African Society for Immunodeficiencies (ASID). 

Prof Debbie White
Debbie White is an adjunct professor and senior specialist working in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng. She is a paediatric pulmonologist working in the pulmonology and allergology clinics, and is also part of the consultant team looking after the paediatric and neonatal intensive care unit.  She is involved in teaching and training, both at under- and post-graduate level. She is a member of the ALLSA Executive Committee. Her special interests include childhood asthma and allergic disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic interstitial disease and paediatric critical care.

Dr PaulWilliams
Since 2000 Dr Williams has been working as Consultant Physician at The Centre of Chest Disease and Critical Care based at Milpark Hospital, a large Tertiary Referral centre for Pulmonology, Cardiology , Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery as well as a Level 1 Trauma unit.  They run an active clinical department with a broad interest in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonology as well as Cardio-thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Transplantation as well as providing support for a large ECMO referral unit. We also participate in multi-national trial in the field of Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Disease.  His specific areas of interest are the clinical management of Thoracic Organ transplant (ie Lungs and Heart) and the establishment of a Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic.  He is currently the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Clinic in association with Dr Martin Sussman, who is the Surgical Director.  Borne out of his interest in Lung Transplantation he has developed a special interest in diseases that lead up to Transplantation, in particular, management of Pulmonary Hypertension,Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and COPD.  His interest in Pulmonary Hypertension, and in collaboration with Professor RafiqueEssop, resulted in the formation a Working Group for Pulmonary Hypertension to formalise guidelines for South African patients with this condition.  Although this is in the foundation phase, our aim is to broaden the local expertise in the management of patients with Pulmonary Hypertension in South Africa. They are greatly encouraged by the support and assistance of some of the leading Academics from The USA, UK, Italy and Switzerland.  They have established a Multi-disciplinary group with an interest in the evaluation and management of patients with CTEPH in order to properly assess and offer PEA appropriately

Dr Marco Zampoli
Dr Zampoli’s completed his paediatric and sub-specialist training at Red Cross War memorial Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town in 2007. His clinical and research interests in the field of paediatric pulmonology are wide and include pleural infections, cystic fibrosis , neuromuscular diseases and sleep medicine. Dr Zampoli is head of the cystic fibrosis clinic and provides clinical oversight and leadership for the Breatheasy programme at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital which supports children on the tracheostomy and ventilation homecare programme. Dr Zampoli is the current chair of the SA Cystic Fibrosis Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee and treasurer of SAPA.