Today, we publish our latest Faculty Newsletter to celebrate the many achievements of members of our Faculty. In this bumper issue, we welcome two new chairs and heads: of Medicine, Professor Ntobeko Ntusi, of the Division of General Surgery, Associate Professor Elmi Muller and of the Division of Radiation Oncology, Professor Jeanette Parkes. They bring new energy to our Faculty that will take their teams to new heights of excellence.
Speaking of excellence, I am proud to be leading a Faculty that continues to have impressive accolades bestowed on our colleagues in acknowledgement of the tremendous contributions they are making to science and society - from Global Humanitarian Awards, National Research Foundation and South African Medical Research Council Merit Awards, fellowships, early career research awards to doctoral scholarships, all recently awarded.
Our students display their excellence in many ways, some of which can be seen in the crucial role they play in supporting health services through SHAWCO, as recent student research shows; and the innovative papers presented at the Health Sciences Education Conference.
Innovation was also celebrated with the opening of two new state of art facilities based at Groote Schuur Hospital - the Christiaan Barnard Hybrid Theatre Suite and the new Linac Machine and Radiology Treatment Unit. Both facilities will improve access to high quality treatments for patients in the Western Cape and beyond. What inspired me most, was the passion and commitment of the teams behind the realization of these facilities.
Our research continues to impact policy on child health care, as the work of the Child Health Institute illustrates. We are also proud that our Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine hosted for the first time in Africa the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – they did things a little differently, with a programme that challenged both the minds and bodies of its delegates with a 5 km run on Sea Point promenade.
We also had two colleagues who passed away during this time, well-known Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics Maurice Kibel and Dr Mark Theuri, who was a registrar in pathology. We are saddened by their passing, and acknowledge their tremendous contribution to the Faculty in their lifetime.
I want to remind you that I can be reached at #AskTheDean, should you have questions, comments or suggestions about Faculty related matters.