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Dr Stephen Jeffery  - Head of Unit.                                        GSH Speed dial 76113
As head of the Unit, Dr Jeffery is responsible for all clinical, research and educational activities in the unit. He was fellowship trained in Urogynaecology at St George’s Hospital in London where he spent three years. He is registered as a Subspecialist Urogynaecologist with the RCOG is currently the only accredited Urogynaecologist in South Africa.

Dr Kendall Brouard (Full time)                                               GSH speed dial 76647
Dr Brouard shares all the clinical and educational responsibilities on the unit with Stephen Jeffery. She joined the Unit in June 2010 after spending time as a general gynaecologist at Somerset Hospital. Dr Brouard has comprehensive skills in Urogynaecology. She has broad skills in pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. In addition, she is a competent general gynaecological surgeon.  Dr Brouard is an excellent bedside and surgical tutor.  She is an expert in Urodynamics and assessment of complex pelvic floor disorders. She will be eligible for registration as a subspecialist under the “Grandfather clause” once the final Urogynaecology Subspecialty is approved by the HPCSA in South Africa.

Dr Pieter Kruger (Part time)
Dr Pieter Kruger obtained his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2002. He practiced family medicine from 2006 - 2009 in Alberta, Canada. He then proceeded to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecolgoy from the University of Alberta.

Dr Kruger then completed a 2 year fellowship in Urogynaecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Toronto and has developed expertise in the management of complex urinary, bladder and pelvic floor disorders as well as endoscopic management of benign gynaecologic conditions like uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Drs Jeffery and Kruger have formed a Private/Public service partnership dividing their clinical time between GSH and the Urogynaecology and Laparoscopy clinic at Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

Dr Peter de Jong (Part time)
Dr De Jong is considered by many to be the pioneer of Urogynaecology in South Africa and has more than 20 years of experience in Urogynaecology.  He is a highly energetic and inspirational teacher, clinician and colleague. His clinical duties include assisting with a specialist Urogynaecology clinic once a week. He is an integral part of the urogynaecology team at UCT, and will occasionally assist with surgical cases. He started the Cape Town Pelvic Floor Society and continues to run this in collaboration with the Department of Urology at UCT.  

Prof Peter Roos (Part time)
Dr Roos is highly experienced in all the broad aspects of general gynaecology and urogynaecology. He is the previous Head of the Urogynaecology Firm and is highly respected for his clinical acumen, knowledge and surgical expertise. He is on the board of the South African Menopause Society. His commitments include a 2 hour academic round on a Wednesday morning, and surgical teaching once a week. Prof Roos has been in private practice for about 30 years. His practice is evidenced based and he has retained a strong academic interest. He is able to teach on a broad range of gynaecological topics and assists the team in difficult clinical decisions.    

Dr Gary Groenewald (Part time)
Dr Groenewald is a newly qualified specialist who has opened up a private practice in Cape Town. During his time as registrar at GSH, he demonstrated large amounts of enthusiasm for gynaecological surgery. He is particularly passionate about laparoscopic surgery and has embarked on an aggressive strategy to up skill himself in this area. He has spent time in India (with Dr Puntambekar) and Nairobi (with Dr Parkar) improving his skills. He is also being trained in pelvic floor surgery in our unit. His commitments include a teaching ward round on a   Wednesday morning and a surgical session on a Thursday morning. Dr Groenewald is an integral part of our unit’s succession planning.

Dr Marinus Cloete (Part time)
Dr Cloete is also in private practice in Cape Town, having recently relocated here after spending 2 years as specialist in George Provincial Hospital. He has always been passionate about urogynaecology. He has excellent skills as a vaginal reconstructive surgeon. Currently he assists us with our weekly specialist Urogynaecology clinic and operates on our theatre list on Thursday mornings. He is also an important part of our succession planning.  

Dr Lamees Ras (Urogynaecology Fellow)
Dr Lamees Ras is the first Urogynaecology Fellow for the unit. She has expressed an interest in pelvic floor reconstructive surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery. Her focus has also been the biopsychosocial impact of conditions in this field on women’s lives. She also has a keen interest in research and plans to make considerable contributions to research in the field. She is actively involved in teaching students, elective students and registrars and provides assistance with their research projects. Her fellowship will be completed in September 2018.    

Ms Mariette Pitlo (Part time)
Mariette Pitlo is a private practice as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist. She has dedicated her time on a Wednesday afternoon to our unit. She has been integral to the establishment and running of pelvic floor physiotherapy unit for more than a decade.

Ms Lindsay Wallace
Lindsay Wallace is also in private practice as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist in Cape Town. She has also dedicated her time on a Wednesday afternoon to our unit. She has excellent skills in pelvic floor assessment.

INTERNATIONAL FACULTY/STAFF
Dr Rafique Parkar
Dr Parkar is a Minimal Access Gynaecological Surgeon working at the International Centre for Minimal Access Surgery in Nairobi, Kenya. He has the post of Honorary Lecturer at UCT. He is an excellent surgeon and teacher. He visits our unit 4 to 5 times a year for a week at a time to up skill us in laparoscopic surgery. These visits have been taking place since late 2009 and have proven exceptionally beneficial to us and to the other gynaecology firms.

Dr Catherine Matthews
Dr Matthews is a currently Head of the Division of Urogynaecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.  She is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCT. She is a pioneer of the robotic technique for sacrocolpopexy. When she visits Cape Town, she is involved in lectures to the registrars and consultants. She is also a highly skilled surgeon and has been mentored us in the laparoscopic approach to pelvic organ prolapse.