Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​Division of Endocrinology

​Welcome to the Division of Endocrinology at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital

The division functions as a subspecialist training and research centre and forms an integral part of the Department of Medicine. It is a leader in South Africa in osteoporosis, diabetes and general endocrinology management and research.

The division is composed of:

» Clinical Endocrinology

» Stephen Hough laboratory for basic science research



  • The "Endocrine Unit" was established over 40 years ago.
  • Professor Jan de V Lochner was instrumental in its concept and formation.
  • Ward A10 originally comprised of the Metabolic Unit & the Endocrine Laboratories, Endocrine outpatients opened in 1976.
  • Professor Stephen Hough was the first trained endocrinologist (USA) to head the unit from the mid 1980's until 2006.
  • He established the Metabolic Bone Unit and in 1989 the 1st dual X-ray absorptiometry scanner (DXA) for bone mineral density in South Africa was installed.
  • The bone lab is the only lab in South Africa able to process undecalcifiedbone biopsies.