Invited Faculty

International Faculty

Dr Sebastien Charosky

Graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires Dr Charosky followed his residency training in the Dupuytren institut. A fellowship with Dr Chopin in the Institut Calot in Berck sur mer France started in 2001. Dr Charosky became a staff surgeon and chief surgeon of the Institut Calot were he practiced until 2010. In 2011 he started his private practice in Toulouse , France,  were he currently works in the Ramsay GDS Private Hospital Croix du Sud.

Professor Ciaran Bolger

Professor Ciaran Bolger is currently  Head of  Department of Clinical Neuroscience, RCSI, Director of Research and Development, National Neurosurgery Unit, Beaumont Hospital Dublin and Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

He is Visiting Professor of Neurosurgey at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide Australia, Washington University St Louis, USA and University of Aarhus, Denmark.Previous positions include consultant appointments at  Frenchay Hospital Bristol UK and The Royal Adelaide Hospital South Australia.

Dr Patrick Kiely

Dr  Patrick Kiely is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in paediatric spine deformity at Childrens Health Ireland.

Mr. Kiely’s  clinical practice incorporates an active involvement in education and research in spinal pathologies and paediatric trauma & orthopaedics . He is an associate clinical lecturer and principal investigator with the 3 main university campuses in Dublin, RCSI, UCD and TCD.

He is a current and active member of the postgraduate IITOS training committee , education committee and Surgical Advisory Committee [T&O], as well as a lead Adult Educational Supervisor in paediatric orthopaedic & spinal surgery specialist and fellowship training .

Prof André P. Boezaart

Professor André P. Boezaart is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He headed the Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine division and Pain Service and co-founded the UF Cancer and Palliative Pain Collaborative and UF Patient and Family-Centered Care Initiative. He is currently the Group Chief Medical Officer of Lumina Health.

Prof. Boezaart’s main areas of focus and interest include ERAS for abdominal, thoracic, orthopaedic, neuro, gynecological and urological surgery, primary headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic lower back pain, and end-of-life and palliative pain care.

Local Faculty

Dr Joseph Seritsane    

Joseph Seritsane is an orthopaedic surgeon FC Orth (SA), MMed (SMU). He is a current long term AO spine fellow at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Emmanuel Kgoro Thobejane

Neurosurgeon and Pain Interventionist MBChB (Medunsa), Mmed Neurosurg (Pret), FIPP, MACIME(USA) Upon completing Masters degree in Neurosurgery at the University of Pretoria in 2012, Dr Thobejane worked in Namibia and that is where his interest in pain management grew. He then obtained a fellowship in interventional pain management with the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 2015, with interest in neuropathic pain and neuromodulation. Currently in private practice at Pretoria (South Africa) and Walvis Bay (Namibia). He developed passion for minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal motion preservation techniques. Also involved in post graduate teaching at department of neurosurgery at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. He is the current WIP Africa Section Chairperson, PainSA Deputy President and member of American College of Independent Medical Examiners. Appointed ABIME Board Advisor representing Southern Africa in 2021.

Dr Brad Harrington

Dr Harrington is a neurosurgeon by training and a fellow of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (FC Neurosurgery). He is currently a full-time researcher enrolled in a doctorate in neurosciences at Stellenbosch University. He is also a consultant neurosurgeon at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. His practice involves all aspects of general neurosurgery with a special interest in neurotrauma and spine surgery. He is the research coordinator for the Division of Neurosurgery and actively involved in training and mentoring. He also holds an engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.

Dr Pradeep Makan

Pradeep Makan is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Cape Town. His practice focuses on the management of degenerative spinal conditions. He obtained his under and postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town. He was a Smith & Nephew traveling Fellow in 1994, completed a spinal fellowship in Oxford in 1996. and was an ABC Fellow in 2002. He is a past president of SA Orthopaedic Association and a past president of SA Spine Society.

Professor Robert Dunn

Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Robert completed both his under and postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town separated by a few years of military service as a naval doctor taking him down to Antarctica and submarine experiences.

He then embarked on an 18 month spine fellowship in London, made possible by Mike Edgar at the Middlesex and Queen Square Hospitals followed by a year at RNOH Stanmore with mentors Tim Morley, Ben Taylor and Jan Lehovsky.

On return to Cape Town he established a spine service at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals to deal with the overwhelming local burden of trauma, infection and deformity.  In 2003 he established the Acute Spinal Cord Injury unit, a regional service which processes 180 cases per year.  Based on his fellowship experience, he established a local equivalent training surgeons from all over Africa.

Dr Jason Coventry 

Currently in private practice at Life Entabeni

Qualified in Neurosurgery 2012

Mentored in Spine Surgery under Prof S “Teddy” Govender King Dinuzulu Hospital

Short term Fellowship under Jake Timothy Leeds General Infirmary (UK)

Interest: Spine Surgery, Degenerative, Deformity and Tumour

Dr Nicholas Anthony Kruger     

Dr Nicholas Kruger graduated University of Cape Town B.Sc. (Zoology) before completing MBChB at the University of Stellenbosch 1992. Undertook surgical training in England to become Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1998. Returned to South Africa for specialist orthopaedic training at the University of Cape Town and graduated FCOrth(SA) 2004. Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon from 2005 at the University of Cape Town and is currently Head of the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit serving the Western Cape Province. Special interest in spinal trauma and degenerative conditions. Active in orthopaedic and spinal surgery training and is a national examiner for the orthopaedic specialist fellowship exam. Co-ordinator for the UCT Physiotherapy and Medical Student teaching program and member of the SA Orthopaedic Society, SA Medical Association, SA Spinal Cord injury association and AOSpine. Journal reviewer for SAOJ, Global Spine. Founding member of the Cape Town Sports Orthopaedic Group with private rooms at Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital. Sporting interests include mountain biking (The-U, Wines2 Whales, Cape Epic), kitesurfing, stand up Paddle boarding, league water polo, scuba divemaster and underwater photography, league Master’s Squash.

Dr Jacques du Plessis

Dr du Plessis is Neurosurgeon in private practice based in Pretoria.

Dr Paseka Seroto

Dr Seroto is a husband and father of 3 who is enjoys reading, cycling and hiking.

1. MBCHB (2010)
2. FC Neurosurgery(SA)- 2018
3. MMED Neurosurgery (SMU)
4. Spine fellowship: Stellenbosch University

Publications

1.The role of tertiary neurosurgical intervention in non-missile penetrating injuries of the spine. Eur Spine J. 2020 Nov 21.  https://doi: 10.1007/s00586-020-06665-4.

2.Paraspinal lipoblastoma with multidirectional spread occurring in a pre-school child, Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery Vol 18 (2019) 100503 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.inat.2019.100503

3.Mild traumatic brain injury at a single neurosurgical center in South Africa. Vol 22 (2020) 100869 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.inat.2020.100869

4.A SEVEN-YEAR REVIEW OF SPINAL BIOPSY RESULTS AT A SINGLE ACADEMIC CENTER IN SOUTH AFRICA East African Orthopaedic Journal 14(2) September 2020

Dr Rinesh Chetty

Having completed my orthopaedic fellowship in 2010, I secured a post at Kwazulu-Natal’s spinal unit in Durban under Prof “Teddy” Govender. Our service covered all spinal conditions and drained cases across Kzn and the Eastern cape. In 2014 I joined JMH’s City Hospital, my orthopedic practise and attached multidisciplinary team have a special interest in spinal and joint pain techniques. We strive to empower the patient through pain management and rehabilitation to keep as functional as possible, always keeping surgery as the last option.

Dr Maarten Potgieter

Maarten Potgieter successfully completed the FC Orth (SA) and MMed  qualifications through Stellenbosch University in 2018 and then completed a long term fellowship in Adult and Paediatric Spinal Deformities under the directorship of Dr Johan Davis. In 2020 he returned to the Eastern Cape to re-establish the Spinal Unit at Livingstone Hospital in Gqeberha where he gained experience in the management of Spinal trauma, spinal infections,  Adult and pediatric spinal deformities and degenerative spinal conditions. He is currently in private practice at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology in the Winelands of Stellenbosch, where predominantly treats adult degenerative spinal conditions.