The Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) is the first and only private teaching hospital in South Africa. It was established in 2002 when the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) bought the Kenridge Hospital with a founding donation from the Donald Gordon Foundation. The institution was then renamed the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.
In 2005, Mediclinic Private Hospital Group became a partner with Wits University and was also awarded the management contract.
The hospital was established to create a facility in the private sector to train and retain specialists and sub-specialists in South Africa for South Africa. All training programmes are fully integrated and complementary to the existing training programmes within the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences.
Due to the relationship with Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, patients have access to specialists who have been recruited because they are leaders in their field of expertise and involved in cutting edge research and patient care in South Africa and internationally.
This 190 bed facility’s main specialties are transplant surgery, oncology (Paediatric and adult), gastroenterology (medical and surgical), Geriatric Medicine, Interventional Radiology ophthalmology, ear- nose and throat, urology, nephrology, Cardiology, Women’s Health and Orthopaedics. These disciplines are supported by an Intensivist-led Critical Care Unit. In-patient programmes are supported by a wide range of outpatient-based specialities, such as Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology, medical genetics, psychiatry, Dermatology, Paediatric Neurology and haematology.