Head: Division of Nephrology at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital. Involved in patient care, under- and postgraduate teaching, and research.
Prof Jean Botha
Prof Jean Botha
After his surgical training in South Africa Professor Botha completed his Fellowship in Transplantation at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2002. Until 2012 he worked as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre where he headed up the Living Donor Liver Transplant programme, the Islet Cell transplant programme and the Hepatobiliary surgical unit.
He has been a keen proponent for medical education and research receiving multiple honours for both clinical work and research, contributing regularly to peer reviewed journal publications. Professor Botha joined the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre’s Transplant Unit in 2012 and is head of the Liver Transplant Program.
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 Razeen Davids
Dr Razeen Davids
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Dr Harriet Etheredge
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
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……
Dr Willie Koen
Dr Willie Koen
Dr Koen qualified as a cardiothoracic surgeon from the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in 1994 with a specific interest in cardiac transplantation and mechanical cardiac support. He completed a masters degree thesis on ‘the biosynthetic heart valve’ which was awarded cum laude. While heading the heart transplant program he started the first bridge to transplant mechanical heart program on the African continenet at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town in 2000 using the Berlin Heart.
He is also the vice-president of the Pan African Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Currently he is in practice at Christiaan Barnard Memorial and Vincent Pallotti Hospitals in Cape Town and runs the largest cardiac transplantation program in Cape Town which includes the only long-term mechanical heart program in South Africa. His other interests include transcatheter valve implantation, mechanical pulmonary support (ECMO) as well as minimally invasive cardiac surgery
Professor Mignon McCulloch
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
Professor Elmi Muller
Prof Elmi Muller
Prof Muller qualified in general surgery in 2004. Since this time she had been working in the field of transplantation and is the head of the transplantation service at Groote Schuur Hospital. Her research is in HIV positive transplantation: the “HIV positive to positive” transplant programme she started at in 2008 changed the life of many socioeconomically disadvantaged people. Currently she is president of the South African Transplantation Society and councillor for Middle East/Africa for the international Transplantation Society (TTS). She received the Checkers-Shoprite Women of the Year award in 2011 and was featured in The Lancet in 2012 under the title: ‘Elmi Muller; bending rules, changing guidelines, making history.
Prof Muller has experience in both tertiary academic medicine as well as private practice and has been organizing projects both locally in South Africa as well as internationally. She had been a faculty member/advisor for several World Health Organization workshops and has significant experience in health management in the field of transplantation. She has collaborated with many international leaders and is currently involved in research collaboration projects at the University of Cape Town, Hopkins University (USA) and Lund University (Sweden).
Prof Muller does clinical work in the field of transplantation and vascular access.
Professor Michael Pepper
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 and Executive Head: Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital
1979 : MB ChB (UCT) (cum laude)
1986 : FCP (SA)
2002 : MD (Stell) (cum laude)
2012 : FRCP (London)
Academic Appointments, Activities & Memberships
Chairman: Department of Medicine: 2006 – currently
Various Departmental and Faculty Committees (University of Stellenbosch)
Head: Division of Nephrology (1993 – 2006)
Chairman: South African Renal Society (1997 – 2000)
Chairman: South Transplantation Society (1995 – 1997)
Board Member: Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (2008 – current)
Member: International Society of Nephrology (2000 – current)
Examiner in Clinical Medicine and the Basic Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Natal, Pretoria and the Orange Free State; Examiner and Convenor: the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, since 1994.
NRF Rated – C researcher (2012)
Councillor: Colleges of Medicine of SA (2011 – 2014)
National Kidney Foundation: Chair of Grants Committee (2005 – currently)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (2012)
Research and other Activities:
Promotor of 1 doctoral and 14 masters degrees
40 Scientific publications in journals/ books*
Organising Committee of Local/International Scientific Congresses : (2014)
Member: Scientific Committee and Local Organising Committee of World Congress of Nephrology (2014)
Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee of on Organ Transplantation (2014)
Sample of publications:
Moosa MR, Bouwens C. Tuberculosis in renal transplant recipients: A South
Moosa MR, Treurnicht F, van Rensberg E, Schneinder JW, Jordann HF,
Engelbrecht S. Detection and subtyping of human herpesvirus-8 in renal
transplant patients before and after remission of Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Transplantation 1998:66(2); 214-218
Herselman M, Moosa MR, Kotze TJ, Kritzinger M, Wuister S, Mostert D. Proteinenergy
malnutrution as a risk factor for increased morbidity in long-term
hemodialysis patients. Journal of Renal Nutrition 2000; 10(1):7-15.
Moosa MR. Racial/Ethnic Variations in Incidence and Pattern of Malignancies after
Kidney Transplantation. Medicine (Baltimore) 2005;84(1):12-22.
Moosa MR. Kaposi’s sarcoma in Kidney Transplant Recipients – 23-year
Experience. Quarterly Journal of Medicine. 2005;98:205-214
Moosa MR, Kidd M. The dangers of rationing dialysis care. Kidney
International. 2006; 70:1107-1114.
Fredericksen DF, Moosa MR. Acute renal failure in the medical ICU still predictive
of high mortality. S Afr Med J 2009; 99: 873-875.
van Hooff J, Van der Walt I, Kallmeyer J, Miller D, Dawood S, Moosa MR,
Christiaans M, Karpf C, Undre N. Pharmacokinetics in stable kidney transplant
recipients after conversion from twice-daily to once-daily tacrolimus formulations.
Ther Drug Monit. 2012 Feb;34(1):46-52.
Estrella M, Moosa MR, Nachega J. Risks and benefits of Tenofovir in the context
of renal dysfunction in Sub-Saharan Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 2014; 58: 1481 -
Moosa, MR. Kidney Transplantation in Developing Countries in Peter Morris (ed)
Kidney Transplantation. Principles and Practice; 2014: Elsevier (Oxford).
Dr Peter Nourse
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
Cardiothoracic & ECMO Recipient Co-ordinator
CU experienced, worked on a ICU ambulance
Casualty Experience in a Level 1 trauma unit
Working knowledge IT and programs
Training BLS, PEN 1 and 2 Students
Member of EMSSA
Member of the Trauma Society of South Africa
SOP Project Co-Ordinator for the SOP's for the Netcare 911 Call Center 2005
A Project Co-Ordinator for the Gold Standard Matrix for the Emergency Medical Care for SA Mines
Ambulance Emergency Assistant
Specialties: Ambulance Emergency Technician
Blood Transfusion Technician
Diploma in Customer Relationship Management
IT and Medibank
Dr Tim Pennel
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
Registered Professional Nurse
Maryn is a South African registered Professional Nurse with a broad level of clinical experience in the fields of critical care, organ donation and transplantation. Currently working alongside world leading medical, ethical and law experts to prevent exploitation of the poor and vulnerable, and addressing in the urgent need for lifesaving organ transplants globally. Maryn is a scholarship recipient of the Professor Rodger Borghgraef Fund and will embark on postgraduate studies in bioethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in September 2019. She is also a member of the Planning and Steering Committees of the ISODP pre-congress workshop at the 28th SATS Congress, developing a roadmap to improve organ donation systems in South Africa.
Dr Susan Vosloo
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.
Prof Nicola Wearne
Prof Nicola Wearne
Prof Nicola Wearne is a Consultant Nephrologist in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town. She is also the head of the peritoneal dialysis and HIV renal clinic in the division. She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science and undergraduate Medical degree at the University of Sydney with honours and completed her internship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney Australia. Both her Physician training and Certificate of Nephrology were completed at Groote Schuur hospital [University of Cape Town].
She has clinical and research interest in both HIV associated renal disease and peritoneal dialysis. She has published in both peer review journals and book chapters in these areas. She also has a keen interest in renal histology. She is very involved in the education of medical students where she is the 4th year medical convenor and plays an active role in the teaching of both physicians in the Department of Medicine as well as nephrology teaching within the Division of Nephrology.
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.
SATS - International
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.
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.
Senior Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon
Prof. Fadhil has a lead role in developing the Organ donation and transplantation programs in Iraq and in Qatar. He Works in Hamad Medical Corporation – Doha, Qatar, since 2004 as a Senior Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon. He was the Chair of the Organ Transplant Taskforce and the key author & planner of the “Doha Donation Accord” and the “Doha Model of Organ Donation and Transplantation”. Previously in Baghdad, he was the Dean of Alnahrain College of Medicine, Founder and Director of the University Transplant Center and Secretary General of the Iraqi Association of Nephrologists and Urologists.
He is a strong advocate of the Declaration of Istanbul, since his early involvement in transplantation, he fought against commercialism. He believes that self-sufficiency in transplantation can be achieved through international cooperation in developing donation programs, fight commercialism, foster trust within the multicultural societies. He is an Ex- Member- Board of Councilors-The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, and a Member of the Transplantation Society-Ethics Committee since 2014.
SATiBA - Local
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
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
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 Leonard Heydenrych
Dr Leonard Heydenrych
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Elizabeth Mayne is a specialist haematologist and pathologist with a special interest in immunology. To advance immunology within South Africa, she has established specialist laboratory services in immunophenotyping, cytometry and histology and immunohaematology at the National Health Laboratory Service which provides diagnostic support to a large geographic area including 6 of the 9 provinces in South Africa and neighbouring countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a national expert on flow cytometry and is extensively involved with training scientists, medical students and residents in pathology both from South Africa and from other countries in the African continent and has supervised a number of research projects. She has been involved in national policy formulations for pathology and is committed to providing affordable pathology health care to the largest number of Africans. She is a member of the executive of the South African Immunological Society and of the National Expert Committee on Immunology. In addition to her work in research and routine immunopathology, Dr Mayne is principal investigator of the CLS biorepository and in this capacity has been involved in investigation of non-communicable diseases as a member of the H3 Africa consortium. Dr Mayne is also involved in a number of research projects examining HIV-associated conditions including HIV-associated malignancies, HIV-associated non-communicable diseases and opportunistic infections including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr Mayne is currently completing her doctoral thesis in vascular dysfunction in HIV.
SATiBA - International
Anna Vilarrodona (Estavayer Le Lac 1964), Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona 1991. Master in Urgency and Emergency Medicine from the Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona (1998-2000). In 2003 she obtained the certification of the ETCO of the European Transplant Coordinator. International On-line tissue banking course, IL3 University of Barcelona. Master's Degree in Manufacturing of Drugs for Advanced Therapies Specialization in Technical Management from the University of Granada (2010-2011). Executive Master in Management of Health Organizations at ESADE (2017-2018).
In 1991 she began her training as a forensic physician, starting with substitutions and then interim. From 1997 to the year 2000, she worked in Primary Healthcare and Medical Emergency Service in public and private health-care centers. In April 2000 she joined the transplant coordination of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona until March 2005. In 2005 she started at the Tissue Bank of the Transplant Services Foundations as tissue doctor and head of processing until May 2012; from that date to December 2013, she was in charge of the bank's medical management. In January 2014, the tissue banks of the TSF and the BST merged into the Barcelona Tissue Bank of the BST, where she has been working as Medical Director and Head of Biovigilance. As of March 2019, Dr. Anna Vilarrodona has assumed the management of Barcelona Tissue Bank as Director of the center.