I am a specialist colorectal surgeon in independent private practice. Since 2010 I have been involved in the establishment of the WDGMC Colorectal Unit. Our aim as a private training unit, is to train the next generation of specialist colorectal surgeons. I oversee the training of at least 1 full time fellow, as well as a registrar from the Wits Department of Surgery. In addition to our regular patient consultation and surgical lists, we attend a weekly Oncology MDT meeting where we discuss individual patients to reach a group consensus regarding the treatment best suited to their diagnosis. We host a monthly pelvic floor MDT meeting together with gynaecologists, urologists, radiologists, physiotherapists & psychologists to discuss patients who present with complex pelvic floor disorders and decide upon the best treatment approach. I am an active member of the executive committee SACRS (South African Colorectal Society).
Dean Lutrin is one of the colorectal surgeons at WDGMC. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and interventional endoscopy. He is actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level at Wits University and is an examiner for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Dean is responsible for auditing of surgical outcomes at the WDGMC Colorectal Unit and co-ordinates its monthly morbidity and mortality meeting. He serves as a director of Surgicom and is interested in measuring quality of care in surgery and strategies to improve short term outcomes. Dean is married to Josie and has four daughters. In his free time, he listens to a lot of music and teaches at the Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning.
A female colorectal surgeon currently working at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre b(WDGMC). Dr Harran is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, where she completed her undergraduate and general surgical training, as well as a sub-specialty fellowship in GIT surgery with a special interest in colorectal surgery. Prestigious fellowships include three months at Academisch Medisch Centrum in the Netherlands and two weeks at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS in the United Kingdom. Dr. Harran works as part of the WDGMC colorectal team and has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery. Her research includes evaluation of new techniques in the treatment of fecal incontinence."
I am a colorectal surgeon working in the public and private sector and currently head the unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. My training has been both local and international including the latest minimally invasive approaches to treating rectal cancer. I am currently involved in research into colorectal cancer as well as haemorrhoids and I specialise in anal pain and other anal pathologies.
I am an Enterostomaltherapist and work with people who have had to undergo diversionary surgery. I have been in practice for 33 years and have been associated with the WDGMC (previously Kenridge) since 1979. In 2007 I opened my private practice at the WDGMC and now work full time within the WDGMC Colorectal unit.
Ora graduated with a Bachelors degree in Clinical Medical Practice at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015 and is currently doing a postgraduate diploma in Palliative Medicine through the University of Cape Town. She has been working at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre as a Clinical Associate within the Colorectal unit since 2016. Her role within the unit is focused on the optimization of patient care. She assists in theatre, pre- and post-operative care, general ward rounds and outpatient management.
I am a Clinical Associate currently working in the WITS Donald Gordon Medical Centre Colorectal Unit. I have a clinically based role within the unit, where I assess patients, perform clinical tasks in rooms and in the hospital, as well as assist in the operating theatre. I coordinate care for our patients with colorectal cancers. I am the patient-doctor liaison for medical queries. I assist the research team with collection of clinical data, which is imperative for our working colorectal cancer database, and to ensure the advancement of cancer research in South Africa. I previously worked at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Paediatric Surgery and Orthopaedics. I was involved in the treatment and management of Clubfoot and paediatric colorectal conditions. I was involved in research within these departments. I have a keen interest in surgery and enjoy working closely with multidisciplinary teams to ensure the best possible care for the patients we treat. I am an executive member of PACASA (Professional Association of Clinical Associates in South Africa).
I work with Adele van der Merwe, registered dietitian, in her private practice at DGMC. We advise on the best type of nutrition for patients during critical illness, which has been clinically proven to enhance recovery time and reduce complications. We also provide dietary counselling for patients after bowel surgery, ensuring they follow the correct diet from the start. I also provide dietary counselling on other conditions, such as Inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, weight loss and diabetes.
While a patient is in ICU, dieticians work alongside doctors in the provision of healthcare, monitoring and advising on nutritional treatments such as intravenous, nasogastric or supplemental sip feeds. Nutritional treatment is often part of a patient’s recovery schedule once he or she has been discharged from the ICU/High Care, and a dietician plays a key role in this phase too. The dietician might follow your progress in the ward, where vital diet information relating to your surgery will be explained.
Pierre Matthee is a social worker in private practice and is contracted with most medical aids. He holds a Master's degree in social work with specialisation in healthcare, through the University of Pretoria. Over the past number of years, he gained extensive experience working in various medical settings, from acute hospitals to physical rehabilitation units as a social worker and later in the physical rehabilitation hospital as a case manager. His own personal journey living with a chronic rheumatological condition, together his theoretical training and practical experience assists when counselling patients diagnosed with a medical condition. Pierre has a special interest in providing medical social work intervention to patients diagnosed with an acute/chronic disease. The biopsychosocial model of Dr George Libman Engel (Dec 1013 - Nov 1999) often serves as the theoretical basis for his social work practice and Pierre therefore believes that collaboration between doctor and social worker is critical to ensure improvement in the patient's quality of life. Pierre practices holistically and encourages the patient to involve their significant others during the therapeutic process. Please visit Pierre Matthee's website at http://mswi.co.za.