​​Department of Surgical Sciences

Division of Urology

Department Head 

Prof Andre v.d. Merwe
MBChB (Stell) MRCS (England) MRCS (Edin)
MMed  (Urol) UCT, FC (Urol) SA, MSc Clin Epi (Stell)










 Dr Farzana Cassim
MBBCh (Wits), FC (Urol) SA, MMed (Urol)UCT






Dr Hilgard Ackermann
MB,ChB; MMed (Urol); FC Urol (SA).     





petrus.jpg Dr Petrus Venter (Pieter) Spies
MBChB (Stell ).FC(Urol ), FC Urol (SA)








Hayes Chair of Research
Dr Pedro Fernandez
BSc, BSc Hons (Biochemistry), PhD (Med Sci. Genetics (Stell)








Dr Danelo du Plessis
MBChB. FC (Urol) 2020 







 Dr Rupert Pretorius
MBChB (Pret).  FC (Urol) 2021







Dr Adriaan Louw-Waldi Vlok


Dr Alexander Szpytko


Dr Stephan Kruger 
MBChB (Stell)


Dr Julian Charles Hellig  
MB,ChB (Stell) 


Medical Officer and Research Assistant

Heidi v Deventer.jpgDr Heidi van Deventer 
MBChB, Msc Clinical Epidemiology.





Project Manager & Clinical Research Co-ordinator

Mrs Hayley Irusen
MSc Med Sc (Clinical Epidemiology) (Stell)






Research Nurse

tshepo.jpgMr S.J Ntlaba














Clerical Assistant

Ms. Leverne Engelbrecht









Department Secretary

Please direct all enquiries to

Ms Gerchell Fortuin
Tel: +27 21 938 9094
Fax: +27 21 938 9278
Email: gerchell@sun.ac.za