The WDGMC Colorectal Unit is led by a group of dedicated colorectal surgeons and is comprised of a diverse team of health professionals. This team includes gastroenterologists, physicians, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, enterostomal therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians. This collaborative approach to patient treatment supports the intent of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre - to practice multi-disciplinary care in an academic, patient-centred environment.
The Unit’s colorectal surgeons are: Dr Brendan Bebington, Dr Dean Lutrin, Dr Nadine Harran and Dr Daniel Surridge. The Unit is an accredited training unit and has a full time fellow (qualified surgeon undergoing sub-specialist training in Colorectal Surgery and Surgical Gastroenterology) and registrar (qualified doctor undergoing specialist surgical training in General Surgery) attached to it who are involved in all aspects of patient care. There are also 2 full time clinical associates: Ora Taback and Martene Esteves who work in the practices and the hospital assisting in the day to day care of all the colorectal patients.
Established in 2010, the WDGMC Colorectal Unit offers world-class care to patients with the full spectrum of colorectal disorders. We work as a team supporting each other in all aspects thereby ensuring optimal availability and constant specialised care to our patients.
Our interests include colorectal cancer, pelvic floor dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), laparoscopic colorectal surgery and proctology.
We are affiliated with Wits University and take part in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. As part of our academic affiliation we are critically involved in setting up research data bases for colorectal cancer as well as in other areas of colorectal surgery. These database allow our unit to take part in clinical research and in the writing of academic articles by ourselves and trainees. We are committed to improving the data on colorectal pathology in the south African setting.