Head of


A/Prof Joel Alex Dave

A/Prof Dave has been Head of the Division of Endocrinology since 01 September 2018.  He obtained his primary medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1991.  He received his PhD (entitled: “Isolation of proteases from Mycobacterium tuberculosis”) from UCT in 2000 and completed his specialist training in Internal Medicine in 2004 and his sub-specialist training in Endocrinology in 2006.  He then spent 7 years in private practice but during this time he remained actively involved in research, teaching/examining of undergraduate and postgraduate students and attending endocrine clinics in the Division of Endocrinology.  His main research interests have centred round the metabolic complications of HIV-infection and anti-retroviral therapy as well as general endocrine-related disorders in HIV-infected patients.  He returned to full-time academic medicine in the Division of Endocrinology in September 2016.  He publishes regularly in international journals, supervises doctoral and masters students,  has been on a number of national and international pharmaceutical advisory boards, has been integrally involved in the development of national guidelines (type 2 diabetes, insulin pump therapy, thyroid disease), has been the Chairperson of the Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA), Chairperson of the Association of Clinical Endocrinologists of South Africa (ACE-SA) and is the Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee for the International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) to be held in Cape Town in 2018.



Associate Professor Ian Ross

Associate Professor Ian Ross obtained his primary medical degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1992 and specialised in Internal Medicine 2000 with the Fellow of the College of Physicians (South Africa) and super-specialised in Endocrinology in 2002. He received his PhD entitled: The aetiopathogenesis, cardiovascular and metabolic complications and pharmacogenomics of Addison’s disease in South Africa. He received his FRCP from London and is a full-time consultant in the Division of Endocrinology & Diabetic Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, attached to Groote Schuur hospital. He has active research groups involving Addison’s disease and thyroid cancer and is currently supervising four PhD and one Master’s student. He holds a number of research grants. He publishes actively, has presented at multiple international endocrine meetings and currently serves on the executive committee of the Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA).

Dr William Toet

Cert. Endocrinology and Metabolism 2009, FCP (SA) 2006, MBA (UCT) 1998, MBChB (UCT) 1988.


Work Experience: 2011 to 2020 Endocrinologist in Private Practice at Constantiaberg Mediclinic, 2010 to 2017 a part-time consultant in the department of Endocrinology at UCT; 2009 contributed as an honorary consultant in the Endocrine department at Groote Schuur Hospital;  2009 and 2010 beneficiary programme development in managed healthcare; 2007 to 2009 Senior Registrar, Endocrinology, Groote Schuur Hospital.


Work Interests: Areas of interest include: The utilisation of newer agents and therapies in people with diabetes, management of hyperthyroidism.

Associate Professor Peter Raubenheimer

Associate Professor Peter Raubenheimer is the Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCT and Groote Schuur hospital and a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology. He received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, completed Internal Medicine Fellowship training at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT in 1999 and subspecialist training in Endocrinology at UCT and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He then completed a laboratory and clinical research fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Edinburgh, before returning back to South Africa in 2006. He has a broad interest in all academic activities related to Internal Medicine and Endocrinology – clinical, teaching and research. He convened the UCT registrar training programme for 10 years and is involved at College level , where he is the current secretary of the College of Physicians of South Africa,   with curriculum development and assessment of specialist and subspecialist training. He was on the International Advisory Committee for CanMEDS. He is on the EXCO of the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa ( SEMDSA) and contributes to the development of National Practice Guidelines. His research interests in Endocrinology focuses on diabetes care and he has been involved in both investigator-initiated and multicentre industry-sponsored trials in diabetes.



Professor Naomi Levitt

Professor Naomi (Dinky) Levitt retired as Head of the Division of Endocrinology in December 2017.  Her involvement in the Division continues in a research capacity and as the Director of the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), a network that strives to connect a wide range of experts in NCD public health, clinical medicine, epidemiology, lifestyle modification, health economics, health behaviour, implementation research and health service management. Prof Levitt received her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from UCT and undertook a research fellowship at the University of Chicago. She has been integrally involved in the development of guidelines for people with diabetes nationally, regionally and internationally over the past decade. Her research interests are in understanding the burden of diabetes and related cardiovascular disease risk factors, the interaction between chronic infectious and non-infectious diseases and diabetes, and primary health care delivery for diabetes and hypertension. She has participated in numerous national, regional and international diabetes activities. She has led multiple epidemiological and health system studies, has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has written 12 book chapters and has supervised 8 Honours students, 13 masters students and 10 PhD students.



Dr Rozeena Nordien

Dr Melanie Moyo


Chantal Stuart

Chantal Stuart initially worked as a fieldworker for the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine at UCT since 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the United Kingdom (UK) as a Call Center Administrator, and later, as the research activities for the CDIA increased, she worked as a Project Support Administrator for various projects and offered field-site support, data capturing and general research assistance. During 2010, she undertook a Pastel Accounting course and several technical courses at UCT and was promoted to Senior Secretary in January 2019. She supports the research and teaching administration of the unit ranging from procurement, human research ethics protocol facilitation and general administration.

Lisa Van Wyk

I have been working in the health industry for the past 11 years, first 6 years in private and for the last 5 years I have been working at the Division of Endocrinology.


I my job includes and is not limited to all admin and secretarial work, data capturing, bookings for clinics. I completed a short course in Clinicom as well which is needed when making bookings on the State Hospital system. I handle all new clinic referrals, setting up of diabetic courses, and always making sure that everything is running smoothly.


Kuhle Diniso

Diabetic Educators

Mr Neil Meiring

Sr Buyelwa Majikela-Dlangamandla

Nursing Staff

Staff Nurse Fatima Abdullah

RN Tyamkazi Nqekeza

ENA Nomzama Mbhele

Medical Officer

Dr Maleeka Abrahams

House Keeping

Sizuzile Tyala

Siphenathi Nqwelo