Division of Anatomical Pathology
The Wernher and Beit Chair of Anatomical Pathology was established in 1918, and the Department (now Division) shortly afterwards.
The academic staff of the Division of Anatomical Pathology are on the joint staff establishment of the University of Cape Town and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The Division has large diagnostic surgical pathology and cytopathology service commitments to Groote Schuur and associated hospitals and clinics in the Coastal branch of the NHLS, as well as extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching commitments to medical students, health and rehabilitation science students, medical technology students and registrars in Anatomical Pathology. The Paediatric Pathology service is based at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. The Division does not yet have a dedicated research laboratory. This, together with the heavy diagnostic service load and a critical shortage of pathologists, has limited research activities within the Division. The Divisional research is focused on diseases that are common in South Africa - these include tuberculosis; cardiomyopathy; foetal-alcohol syndrome; and various cancers, particularly those affecting disadvantaged population groups, such as oesophageal, gastric, breast, cervical, colorectal and hepatocellular carcinomas and childhood cancers. The Division also serves as a public and private tertiary referral centre for renal and liver pathology, neonatal pathology, neuropathology, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. These service commitments drive most of the research programmes that are patient-and disease-orientated. There are active collaborations with the departments of Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiation Oncology, Human Genetics, and Medical Biochemistry.
"Prof Govender congratulating Dr Locketz"
Dr Locketz is the recipient of the "Pauline Hall book prize" award.
This award is given to a postgraduate student who has conducted research in Hepatobiliary Pathology.
Dr Locketz was awarded the "Pauline Hall book prize" for his MMed dissertation titled:
"Fibrolamellar carcinoma of the liver: An immunohistochemical study".
He completed his MMed degree in 2009.