Clinical Genetics
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Division of Molecular Biology & Human Genetics

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Medical Genetics 

​Our team

 

 
Prof Michael Urban
Qualifications: BSc(Med), FCPaed(SA), Subspeciality(Med Genetics), PhD
Position: Head of Clinical Unit: Medical Genetics and Genetic Counselling, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University.
Mike Urban qualified as a paediatrician and medical geneticist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and now provides a medical genetic service at Tygerberg Hospital and its referral area in the Western Cape. He is committed to making genetics locally relevant, and his research interests include public health and clinical issues in genetic and genomic testing, and fetal alcohol syndrome.  

 

Dr Heidrѐ Bezuidenhout
Qualifications:.MBChB,DCH,MSc,MMed,FCMG
Position: Specialist Consultant in Medical Genetics and Genetic Counselling, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University.
Dr Bezuidenhout graduated cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch with MBChB in 1998. Completed a Diploma in Child Health in 2004, a Masters in Paediatric Neurodevelopment at the University of Witwatersrand in 2010, a Masters (MMed) in Medical Genetics at the University of Stellenbosch and completed her specialization in Medical Genetics in 2015. Past clinical experience include Paediatrics, Neonatology and Developmental medicine in academic hospitals in South Africa as well as the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK.  She held research position for 4 years in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders at the University of Stellenbosch and has published in developmental paediatrics and clinical genetics. Together with Prof Urban, she is currently responsible for the multidisciplinary genetics service, in addition to an outreach services and teaching and training of students.


Mardelle Schoeman
Qualifications:BSc (Biological life Sciences), BSc (Hons) Genetics, MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling
Position: Senior genetic counsellor
Mardelle obtained her Masters degree in Genetic Counelling from UCT in 2007. She has since gained experience working in the field of genetic counselling across the spectrum of genetic conditions in both the public and private sector in the Western Cape. She currently works at Tygerberg Hospital as the senior genetic counsellor 4 days a week. In her remaining time, she sees private patients, mainly in the field of prenatal genetics.  She is passionate about genetics and the role it plays in patient’s lives. Her main interest areas include cancer and prenatal genetics. She currently represents genetic counsellors on the National Genetic Counsellors Committee.


Dr Liani Smit
Qualifications: MBChB, DCH, Dip HIV Man(SA)
Position: Registrar in Medical Genetics
Dr Liani Smit is a registrar in Clinical Genetics at the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery Cum Laude from the University of Stellenbosch in 2008 and holds post graduate diplomas in both Child Health and HIV Management from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Previous clinical experience includes Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and clinical trials. She is currently registered for a MMed in Medical Genetics which explores the application and interpretation of whole exome sequencing in fetal akinesia spectrum disorders.


 
Clair Engelbrecht
Qualifications: BSc (Genetics and human physiology), BSc (Hons) Genetics, MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling
Position: Genetic counselling intern
Clair completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and Hons degree in Human Genetics at the University of the Witswatersrand. She obtained her Masters degree in Genetic Counselling from the University of Cape Town in 2018 and is currently completing her internship at Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch. 


 

Dr Chantelle Scott
Qualifications:BSc (Biological life Sciences), BSc (Hons) Genetics, MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling, PhD Human Genetics
Position: Part-time genetic counsellor and researcher
Chantelle completed her undergraduate studies in 2007 and Hons degree in Genetics in 2008 at Stellenbosch University. She then enrolled for the MSc (Med) degree in Genetic counselling at the University of Cape Town and graduated in 2011. After graduation she completed her internship at Tygerberg Hospital and the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University. She completed her PhD in Human Genetics with the study title  “Understanding decision-making regarding prenatal testing for Down syndrome and termination of pregnancy: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study" in March 2018. She is currently working at the division as a sessional Genetic counsellor and involved with the division's research projects focused on improving the prenatal genetic counselling services offered to patients in the Western Cape. She also practices in private at Panorama and Cape Gate Mediclinic. After-hours she volunteers at the Down syndrome Association of the Western Cape and is the current chairperson of the managing committee. 


 

Professor Greetje de Jong

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), MBCHB, MD
Position: Part-time medical geneticist, Tygerberg Hospital
Greetje de Jong has retired as Head of the Clinical Unit, and continues to work part-time at Tygerberg Academic Hospital. She has particular interest in genetic syndromes and prenatal genetics.


 

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