Division of Medical Ethics and Law​


Faculty - Advisory Committee

Theodore Fleischer
Theodore Fleischer, JD (Juris Doctor), LLM (Bioethics), began his practice of law at the Attorney General's office in Juneau, Alaska served as senior partner in the law firm of Guess and Rudd, Anchorage, Alaska, from 1967-1995, practicing primarily in natural resources, admiralty, and public law. He received his post-graduate degree in bioethics and law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1997, and for two years served as a fellow and senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Fleischer has served as Deputy Director of the University of Cape Town Bioethics Centre and Senior Lecturer in Bioethics in the Medical Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Law in the Faculty of Law at UCT. Along with a colleague in the law faculty, he initiated and has co-taught the first Law and Bioethics courses offered by the University of Cape Town Law Faculty. Fleischer has served on UCT's Research Ethics Committee since 2000. Fleischer was the Distinguished Lecturer in Bioethics at Santa Clara University Law School (California) from Jan to May 2011. He is an ordained deacon of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, assigned to St George's cathedral in Cape Town, with a ministry to terminally ill and dying.

Prof Suzanne Maman
Suzanne Maman is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. She is trained in the development, implementation and evaluation of social and behavioural interventions. For the past 15 years Prof Maman has worked on collaborative, clinic and community-based, HIV prevention research studies in east and southern Africa. Prof Maman has led NIH funded research initiatives in South Africa and Tanzania. For the last 4 years Prof Maman has served as the PI on an NIH R01 funded study on the efficacy of HIV post-test support for antenatal care in Durban, South Africa. Prof Maman designed the intervention and oversaw the development of research systems to enroll and follow 1,500 women in this trial.

Dr. W Meintjes

MBChB; DOM; FCPHM(SA) Occ Med; MMed (Occ Med) is a consultant in Occupational Medicine at Tygerberg Academic Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch. He has knowledge and experience in the fields of occupational health and safety as well as labour law and ethics. He is currently the chairperson of the Health Reseach Ethics Committee 1 of the University of Stellenbosch.





Neil Myburgh
After graduating from Wits he worked as a dentist in the Crossroads squatter camp. Later he completed specialist training in Community Dentistry at UWC, got involved in public health, research, policy formulation and ran a WHO Collaborating Centre. Based in the UWC Dept of Community Oral Health, he is responsible for courses in research method, epidemiology, health policy, ethics and human rights. He recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in International Research Ethics at UCT.

Prof Sudeshni Naidoo 
BDS (Lon), LDS.RCS (Eng), MDPH (Lon), DDPH.RCS (Eng), MChD (UWC), PhD (US), Dipl. Int Research Ethics (UCT) is professor and senior specialist in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape. She is currently Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research. Prof Naidoo is responsible for undergraduate, postgraduate and staff ethics teaching and training in research ethics in the faculty. She sits on the UWC Senate Human and Animal Research Ethics Committees, is the current President of the South African Division of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and Chair of the Global IADR Research Ethics Committee in the US.