Academic Faculty

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Dr Graham Cassel

Dr Graham Cassel

Dr Graham Cassel is a practising Cardiologist at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. His interests include Interventional Cardiology; Pacing; Heart Failure; Mechanical Heart Assists including LVAD’s and Orthotopic Heart Transplantation. He has pioneered many interventions in cardiology including coronary stenting, Left Ventricular Assist Devices and runs the Transplantation unit at Milpark Hospital. He runs a busy private practice and sees patients with all types of heart disease.

Dr Cassel is a practising Cardiologist at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. His interests include Interventional Cardiology; Pacing; Heart Failure; Mechanical Heart Assists including LVAD’s and Orthotopic Heart Transplantation. He has pioneered many interventions in cardiology including coronary stenting, Left Ventricular Assist Devices and runs the Transplantation unit at Milpark Hospital. He runs a busy private practice and sees patients with all types of heart disease.

Dr Cassel was part of the initial steering committee of SASCI, the Cardiac Intervention Society, was President for four years and is currently the secretary. He serves on many international and local cardiac advisory boards’ .Dr Cassel lectures extensively both locally and at international congresses. He serves on the international faculty of many high profile cardiac interventional meeting.

Dr Cassel is the Principal Investigator of numerous interventional studies and registries both in the Cath Lab as well as outpatient drug trials.

Dr Greg Calliagro

Dr Greg Calligaro

BSc. Hons. (Phys.), MBBCh (Wits), Dip PEC(SA), MMed (UCT), FCP(SA), Cert. Pulm(SA).

Dr Calligaro is a consultant pulmonologist in the Department of Medicine, and in the Respiratory Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital, and a senior lecturer and research coordinator at the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity at the UCT Lung Institute. He runs the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and at Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital, and is the medical lead of the lung transplant center at Groote Schuur Hospital. In 2016, he completed a Fellowship in thoracic transplantation at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Harriet Etheredge


Dr. Harriet Etheredge (PhD) is a medical bioethicist and health communication specialist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Etheredge is a widely published academic author, and has presented talks on bioethics and health communication both locally and abroad. She is actively involved in CPD and CME meetings, where she shares her wide-ranging expertise across a spectrum of bioethics topics including organ transplant, oncology, research ethics, patient care, HIV and AIDS, health structures and processes and health communication.

Dr Etheredge has a keen interest in research ethics and is a Co-Chair of the Wits Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) which is responsible for review of medical research and clinical drug trials involving human participants. She also serves on the South African Medical Research Council HREC. Harriet was named one of the Mail and Guardian’s “200 Young South Africans” for 2016 – in a publication which recognises game-changers in their respective fields. She holds an honorary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, at Wits University.

Professor Jerome Loveland


Professor Jerome Loveland is Academic Head of Paediatric Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, and Clinical Head of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. In addition, he is a senior member of the Transplant Unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Jerome is Personal Professor, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand and his specific clinical interests in paediatric surgery include hepatobiliary, oncological and neonatal surgery, as well as hepatic transplantation. In addition to his clinical work, he has a keen interest in clinical research in both paediatric surgery and transplantation and has demonstrated a commitment to developing this field in his department at Wits University.

Outside of his career, Jerome is a committed family man, supported by his wife Adele, and children Laura and Alec, with whom he spends as much quality time as possible. His mental battles are fought whilst running, paddling, and more recently surfing……

Professor Michael Pepper


Michael Pepper is Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Director of the SAMRC Extramural Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy and a research professor in the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is also professeur associé in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He obtained his MBChB in 1982 from the University of Cape Town, and moved to Geneva in 1986, where he obtained his PhD in 1990, MD in 1992 and Privat Docent in 1997. He returned to South Africa in July 2004.

Michael has worked extensively in the field of clinically-oriented (translational) molecular cell biology, and his interests include stem cells and the human genome as well as their ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI). He assists the National Department of Health with legislation concerning human tissues and in particular cell-based therapies, and is President and Chairman of the Board of the South African Tissue Bank Association. Michael is chairperson of a consensus study on the ELSI of human genome editing which is being conducted for the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Professor Mignon McCulloch


Professor McCulloch is the Head of Clinical Unit of Paediatric Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplantation at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, as well as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Her interests include developing Paediatric Nephrology and Care of Critically ill children specifically AKI and all forms of dialysis in infants and children especially in poorly resourced regions, Adolescent transition and Paediatric Transplantation (renal, liver and cardiac).

This includes doing outreach work in various parts of Africa developing paediatric renal and transplant programs.

She has spent many years in the UK working in big paediatric transplant units including Great Ormond Street, Guys & St. Thomas’s and Kings’ Hospitals.

She currently holds position of President – elect of International Pediatric Transplantation Association (IPTA) and current President of African Paediatric Nephrology Association as well as on the executive board of the International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA)

She is also an Amateur surfer

Dr Paul Williams

Dr Paul Williams

Since 2000 Dr Paul 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.

Dr Williams’ 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.

Dr Williams’ interest in Pulmonary Hypertension, and in collaboration with Professor Rafique Essop, 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, their 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.

Dr Peter Nourse


Dr Nourse is a Paediatric Nephrologist working at a busy children’s nephrology centre in Cape Town, South Africa. He qualified in Cape Town and did a Fellowship in Paediatric Nephrology in the Netherlands. Dr Nourse has 15 years’ experience in looking after children with kidney diseases. His research interests include peritoneal dialysis, HIV nephropathies and vasculitides and he is widely published. His interest in allocation stemmed from hi involvement in developing the online allocation program for the western and eastern Cape

Professor Saraladevi Naicker

Professor Saraladevi Naicker

Professor Emeritus of Medicine and currently Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Transplantation. She chairs the Plagiarism Committee and Mentorship Programme of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the PI of several research projects funded internationally to study kidney disease in South Africa.

Former Head of Division of Nephrology and Academic Head, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and former Head of Division of Nephrology at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Past president of the South African Renal Society and Southern African Transplantation Society. She was awarded honorary life membership of the SA Renal Society in 2018.

She was awarded the International Distinguished Medal of the NKF (USA), Convocation/ Philip Tobias Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of the Witwatersrand, the Roscoe Robinson award of the International Society of Nephrology for education in nephrology and the best Postgraduate Supervisor Award for the Faculty of Health Sciences for 2017. She was among the top 25 most published Wits authors in 2017, is a rated researcher by the National Research Foundation and has approximately 150 peer-reviewed publications.

She has served on and chaired several international committees, including the Executive Committee and Council of the Int Society of Nephrology (ISN), Int Society for Peritoneal Dialysis(ISPD). She has hosted training of numerous ISN and ISPD Fellows from Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Dr Susan Vosloo


Dr Susan Vosloo was born in South Africa, and underwent schooling and pre-graduate medical training in Bloemfontein, qualifying in 1980 at the University of the Free State. Completed training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Cape Town, gaining the fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa and M.Med degree in Cardiothoracic Surgery (UCT) in 1988.

Further training in Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery was done at the Harley Street Clinic and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospitals in London, UK in 1989 and 1990. Currently in independent private practice at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Interests are Transplantation and Surgery for Congenital Heart defects. Started the Cardiac Transplant program at City Park Hospital in 1995 and in 1996 introduced ECMO. Serves on the University Council of UFS, and in addition is the UFS Council Representative in the UFS Senate and on the Standing Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine, UFS and the Provincial Department of Health.

Founder member of the Steering Committee of the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Current member of Governing Body for Africa) , Member of International Paediatric Transplant Association.

Dr Tim Pennel


Dr Pennel qualified in medicine at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2003. Following two years of general surgery, he joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery. During this time Dr Pennel simultaneously completed his master’s degree (MMED) and PhD, and subsequently qualified as Cardiothoracic surgeon in 2014. Under the guidance of Prof Peter Zilla at the Cardiovascular Research Unit in Cape Town, Dr Pennel developed a small animal model to investigate the mechanism of vascular graft healing in high-porosity polymers and decellularized xenografts. His clinical interest is surgery for heart and lung failure and the expansion of the mechanical assist program at the Groote Schuur hospital and the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Cape Town

Dr Barday

Dr Barday

Stellenbosch University

Head: Division of Nephrology at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital. Involved in patient care, under- and postgraduate teaching, and research.

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Dr Camille Kotton (USA)


Dr Camille Nelson Kotton MD, FIDSA, FAST is the clinical director of the Transplant Infectious Disease and Immunocompromised Host Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She is the past chair of The Infectious Disease Community of Practice of The American Society of Transplantation. From 2007-2013, she was the president of The Transplant Infectious Disease Section of The Transplantation Society. Highlights of her time as president include the development of international guidelines on CMV management after solid organ transplant, followed by an updated version, published in Transplantation (2010 and 2013). Her clinical interests include cytomegalovirus, donor-derived infections, zoonoses, and travel and tropical medicine in the transplant setting.

Dr Jayme Locke (UK)


Dr. Jayme Locke is an abdominal transplant surgeon specialising in innovative strategies for the transplantation of incompatible organs, disparities in access to and outcomes after solid organ transplantation, and transplantation of HIV-infected end-stage patients. Dr. Locke completed an undergraduate degree at Duke University and her medical degree at East Carolina University prior to matriculating to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she received training in general surgery and abdominal transplantation. Dr. Locke completed her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Locke is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Institute and Vice Chair for Health Services Research in the Department of Surgery.

Mrs Willij Zuidema (Netherlands)


Mrs Willij Zuidema is a Program coordinator living related kidney transplantation for the Internal Medicine, Department of nephrology and transplantation in The Netherlands. Mrs Zuidema has served on several organisation committees as well as having presented both oral and poster presentations on National and International transplantation congresses. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals on ethical, social and psychological aspects on living donation. Is Past Chair of the living donation committee of the ETCO and Past Chair and member of the living donation working group ELPAT.

Dr Dominique Martin

Dr Dominique Martin

Dr Dominique Martin is Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism at the School of Medicine, Deakin University. Dominique has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy (The University of Melbourne, 2005) and a PhD in Applied Ethics (The University of Melbourne, 2011).

Dr Martin is involved in research into the ethics of international travel for medical care (“medical tourism”) and the ethical issues of selling human biological materials, which was the subject of her PhD thesis. She is a member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, which is concerned with international organ trafficking and “transplant tourism”. Dominique is particularly interested in the subject of national self-sufficiency in organ transplantation, an ethical concept and policy goal on which she has worked in collaboration with the WHO.

Dr Martin’s other research interests include end-of-life decision-making; deceased donation of organs; virtue ethics, and the professional duties of health care providers.

Prof Gunderson

Prof Gunderson

After graduating from St. Olaf College in 1979, Susan Gunderson began her career as a nurse. She quickly developed an interest in organizational leadership and earned her graduate degree in health care administration from the University of Washington in 1983. She became the first administrative fellow at the Mayo Clinic, where she worked for several years. In 1987, she became a health care consultant in Sweden.

In late 1988, former colleagues from Mayo Clinic contacted her and asked her to take the helm at LifeSource.

Gunderson applies her experience with LifeSource to several national and international organizations to promote the donor network globally, including Transplant Procurement Management, based in Spain. Closer to home, Gunderson recently was named to a year-long fellowship with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, a federal program aimed at enhancing competitiveness, quality and productivity of all businesses in the United States.

Prof Nathan

Prof Gunderson

Howard Nathan is the president & CEO of the Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program, the largest and one of the oldest organ procurement organizations in the United States. He began working at the organization in 1978 as a transplant coordinator and has led the organization since 1984. Mr. Nathan is also the president of the Transplant Foundation, Founder and President of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals, and president of the Gift of Life Family House.

Mr. Nathan is one of the nation’s leading authorities on organ and tissue donation. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for three terms and served as Treasurer. He is a past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), past president of the Coalition on Donation (now Donate Life America), and past president of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP). Mr. Nathan currently serves on the following boards: Pennsylvania Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), and LifeLogics, Inc. He also served on the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT), American Red Cross Blood Services (Penn Jersey Region), Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC), Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Governing Board and Donation Board of Trustees, North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness.

An acknowledged leader in the field, Mr. Nathan is a regular presenter at regional, national and international organ and tissue procurement, transplantation and medical/healthcare conferences, and has published more than 350 scientific papers and abstracts.

Mr. Nathan was presented with The Belzer Award for outstanding abstract at the 4th International Society for Organ Sharing Congress in 1997. He received numerous outstanding achievement awards from national organizations including: National Kidney Foundation, U.S. Transplant Games Committee (1992), National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley (1994), Association of Organ Procurement Organization (1996), American Liver Foundation “Celebrating Achievement Award” (2002), National Disease Research Interchange “Distinguished Service to Science Award” (2007), LifeNet Health “Exemplary Service Award” (2007), Juniata College “Alumni Achievement Award” (2017), and Donate Life America “Nicholas Green Lifetime Achievement Award” (2017).

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Professor Frank Graewe

Professor Frank Graewe

Extraordinary Associate Professor
M.B.Ch.B., M.Med(Plast), FCS(SA), EBOPRAS,
Doctor of Medicine(TU Munich)

Professor Frank Graewe received his medical degree in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993 and specialized in Plastic Surgery at Stellenbosch University. As a young specialist he completed several fellowships in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery in Paris, France, and Dallas, USA. He then worked in the plastic surgery and craniofacial unit in Munich in Germany where he completed his dissertation on the management of cloverleaf skull. He worked as a plastic surgeon in private practice in Munich since 2004 and in 2006 he followed the calling to return to South Africa, where he was appointed chairman of the plastic surgery division at Stellenbosch University. His main fields of interest have been cosmetic surgery and craniofacial surgery until then. On his return to Cape Town Professor Graewe got involved in a busy breast clinic diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Since then he developed the division of Plastic Surgery into a centre of excellence for breast reconstruction based on a combined multidisciplinary platform and to a leading centre in microsurgery and free tissue transfer. This culminated in his integral role in the world’s first successful penile transplant that was performed at Tygerberg Hospital in December 2014. Professor Graewe frequently performs autologous fat transplantations and is a pioneer in the application of adipose derived stem cells in plastic surgery in the new and exciting field of regenerative surgery. In 2016 he decided to take up new challenges in an international career and to devote more time developing a private plastic surgery centre. He is still attached to the Division of Plastic Surgery at Stellenbosch University as an extraordinary Associate Professor and at the craniofacial unit at Tygerberg Hospital as a part-time pro bono consultant.

His philosophy follows a modern and holistic approach in aesthetic surgery and aesthetic medicine, all aimed to create and preserve an attractive and youthful look with the goal to improve his patients self-esteem, health and well-being. He believes in state of the art cosmetic and reconstructive procedures combined with effective non-surgical cosmetic treatments including the latest developments in regenerative medicine which is sometimes coined as the next revolution in Medicine.

Dr Fred Ukunda


Dr Fred Ukunda graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Lubumbashi (Democratic republic of Congo) in December of 1992. He is bilingual; fluent and writes in both English and French. His professional life started in 1993, at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka (Zambia), where he did his internship and developed his love for surgery, during his posting in general surgery and neurosurgery. He moved to South Africa in 1996, and worked at different levels of the health system, from a community rural hospital in the Drakensburg to a regional hospital in Johannesburg until 2003. During this period, he developed his surgical skill, as a young surgeon. He then moved to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, where he worked as a medical officer, in the department of surgery, hepatobiliary unit and Intensive Care Unit.

After a broad exposure to various surgical specialities, in 2004, registered for orthopaedic surgery program at the University of the Witwatersrand. He graduated in 2009, with Master of Medicine in orthopaedic surgery, and also as a Fellow of colleges of medicine of South Africa in Orthopaedic surgery. He was subsequently appointed as a Fellow in the orthopaedic spine unit, at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, under the tutelage of Professor Lukhele; between 2009 and 2012. During this period his interest in research developed further; and was credited by a number of local and international congress presentations, as well as publications in local and international peer reviewed scientific journals. His latest publication in the Bone and Joint Journal, is titled “The posterior-only surgical approach in the treatment of tuberculosis of the spine: outcomes using cortical bone allografts”.

His current appointment since 2012 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Department Orthopaedic Surgery, is as consultant and senior specialist. As an active member academic and research team for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, he promotes and supervises a number of master research reports, and is also university internal examiner for research reports. He is a member of various local and international organisations

Dr Ravi Reddy


Dr Ravi Reddy is Chief Operations Officer (COO) of South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and has worked for the Blood Transfusion Services in South Africa for 34 years. He is a Medical Technologist and has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (2002) and MBA (2005). His current role in SANBS is to direct all aspects related to the Collection, Processing, Testing and Issue of approximately 845 000 units of blood per annum

He is has served as President of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) from 2016 to 2018 and is currently Past President serving on the Executive Committee of ISBT. Ravi has also served on the Board of the African Society for Blood Transfusion for 8 years and is currently a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardisation.

He is author/co-author of approximately 35 scientific publications in international journals and has presented numerous posters and papers at International and National Congresses. He has also provided technical assistance and support related to blood safety to a number of African countries.

Dr Razeen Davids

Dr Razeen Davids

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Dr Leonard Heydenrych

Dr Leonard Heydenrych

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