Prof Ken Boffard
Professor Ken Boffard is acknowledged as one of the top trauma surgeons in the world. He is the past President of the International Society of Surgery (ISS), past President of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC),Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand, Trauma Director and Academic Headat Milpark Hospital Academic Trauma Centre. He is a visiting professor at universities on 5 continents and the developer of the incredibly successful Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course.

Jayson Chin

Jayson Chin is the founder and director of Chin and Partners Orthotics and Prosthetics. Jayson qualified in 1995 and established his private practise in 1999. He has grown his practise to 4 branches with 8 qualified practitioners, supporting technicians and admin staff. The practises are located at;Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Pineland Business Park and Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital.
Jayson co-founded the Cape Amputee Clinic in 2007, a first of it kind in private practise in South Africa. This clinic offers the services of a psychologist, doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and prosthetist in a free of charge inter-disciplinary clinic, offering guidance to ensure best practise in amputation and amputee rehabilitation.
Chin and Partners prosthetic division consult for and manufacture both upper and lower limb prostheses. Jayson’s role includes patient rehabilitation management and consulting with patients and medical professionals pre and post amputation.
Jayson has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics and footorthotics. The team at Chin and Partners offer the full spectrum of off the shelf bracing and custom-made orthoses.
Besides his clinical practise, Jayson is a partner in Ergonomicsdirect, a specialist office ergonomics business. For more info on these businesses, please visit and
Jayson lives in Cape Town with his wife, Laura, 2 boys, Liam and Caleb,and his dogs, Juno and Milo. He enjoys mountain biking, road riding, hiking, being outdoors and reading a good book.

Prof Milind Chitnis
Chitnis is currently an Associate Professor and head of the department of Paediatric Surgery at the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals affiliated to the Walter Sisulu University in East London, South Africa. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate training in General Surgery from the University of Pune and Paediatric Surgery training from the University of Mumbai in India.In the year 1994, he was given an opportunity to train for one year at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Scotland. In Glasgow,Prof Chitnis worked with Dr Colin Lazarusand accepted his invitation to join him in East London. Prof Chitnis helped Dr Colin Lazarus to start and establish the department of Paediatric Surgery in East London from February 1995. It has become one of the four major training departments in the country and caters for the surgical needs of children from the central region of the Eastern Cape Province. He has presented at national and international congresses and published a dozen scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. Prof Chitnis has been examiner for the Fellowship in Paediatric Surgery examination and is a member of the council of the College of Paediatric Surgeons of South Africa.

Professor Sharon Cox
Associate Professor Sharon Cox is the Head of Clinical Unit, Division of Paediatric Surgery, University of Cape Town and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town South Africa. Her primary medical degree was obtained at the University of Cape Town in 1993. She specialised in general surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, and then moved on to Red Cross Hospital where she completed Paediatric Surgical training in 2005. Dr Cox was promoted from Senior Specialist to Head of Clinical Unit in 2014, and was awarded Associate Professorship in 2016.
Dr Cox is the convenor of the Paediatric Surgery course for undergraduate medical students at the University of Cape Town and trains and supervises both General and Paediatric Surgical trainees in basic and complex paediatric surgical procedures as well as their research and M Med degrees.
Research topics include research on clinical aspects of paediatric tumours as well as burn wounds, their prevention and healing.
She is a co-author of chapters in various Paediatric Surgical texts on surgical site infections, surgical aspects of HIV infection in children, bilateral Wilms tumour, atresia’s of the bowel and burns.
She is involved in all aspects of Paediatric Surgical care and has a special interest in neonatal surgery and paediatric surgical oncology.

Dr. Juan C. De Agustin
I was born in Madrid and trained here at the University Autonoma of Madrid (Medical studies), La Paz University Hospital (Pediatric Surgical Residency).
Fellow at three foreign hospitals: Metropolitan General Hospital (Cleveland, OH USA) 6 months in 1989 and 1990, Toronto Children’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada) 3 months in 1990, Motol Hospital (Prague, Check republic) 1 month in 1991. Attending surgeon in Madrid in 3 Pediatric Hospitals: Children’s Hospital Niño Jesús (1990-1995), and University General Hospital Gregorio Marañón (Children’s Hospital) (1999 to 2004).
Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospitals Virgen del Rocío, Seville (2004 to 2013), and currently Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University General Hospital Gregorio Marañón (Children’s Hospital) (from 2013 up to now). Current titles: MD, PhD, FEBPS.

Professor Aristomenis Eadaktylos
Professor Aristomenis Eadaktylos was born in Germany in 1971 to Greek parents. He studied in England and in Germany and received his medical degree in 1996. He continued his education in Surgery, Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine in Bern (Switzerland), in Cape Town (South Africa), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dublin (Ireland) and Boston (USA). In 2013, in the age of just 42 years old, he became the youngest Greek Professor in Emergency Medicine. He is Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of Bern and the only Greek Professor and Director with his own Chair in Emergency Medicine throughout Europe. His Department's motto is, "You never work alone", giving great emphasis to teamwork in this specialty.

Dr Sorin Edu
Dr Sorin Edu is a trauma surgeon and senior specialist surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre, which is one of the busiest trauma centres in the world. His PhD research is focused on the management of the retained haemothorax after penetrating trauma. He is the convenor of trauma surgery for the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences.

Prof Nando Ferreira
Prof Nando Ferreira is an associate professor and head of the Tumour, Sepsis and Reconstruction unit at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stellenbosch University since 2016.
He obtained a BSc degree at Stellenbosch University, majoring in human physiology and genetics, before studying medicine, also at Stellenbosch University. He commenced his formal orthopaedic training in Pietermaritzburg in 2006, at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN).
Prof Ferreira travelled to Russia in 2011 for further training in Ilizarov circular external fixator techniques. In 2015 he was awarded his doctorate with a dissertation titled ‘The outcome of tibial non-union treatment using a revised definition, classification system and management strategy’. In March the following year he left Greys Hospital, where he worked as a medical specialist, and joined Stellenbosch University.
Professor Ferreira’s interests include musculoskeletal infections and post-traumatic limb reconstruction in which he completed both masters and doctoral theses. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, 13 conference proceedings and five technical reports. Professor Ferreira teaches widely on limb reconstruction principles and is the director of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction fellowship at Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University. Over the past eight years he has been approached to present more than 40 keynote and invited lectures at national and international meetings. He is a founding member of the South African Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and served as the president of the society from 2016 to 2019.

Anthony Figaji MBChB, MMED, FCS (Neurosurgery), PhD
Tony Figaji is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town and works at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children's Hospital, where he is also Head of Paediatric Neurosurgery. He is the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair of Clinical Neurosciences, and scientific chair of the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa and previously of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is the immediate past president of the International Neurotrauma Society and a founder member of GlobalNeuro, an organisation formed to teach neurotrauma across the world. He is active in several international organizations with interests in paediatric neurosurgery, neurotrauma, and intraoperative neurophysiology for brain tumour surgery.

Prof Timothy Craig Hardcastle
Dr Timothy Hardcastle is a Trauma Surgeon with a particular interest in Critical Care, crush syndrome, vascular trauma and trauma systems for LMIC’s. He is the current Chair of the TSSA Accreditation Subcommittee and was for many years the TSSA webmaster, currently handling website email-queries. He is a past-President of the Society. Clinically he works in Durban as the Head of Trauma Services for IALCH and Head of the Trauma Fellowship program at UKZN. He is widely published with over 100 articles and numerous book chapters. He is also involved with EMS and Nursing training in Trauma care.

Amanda Klette
Amanda Klette, Registered Nurse Trauma, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Flight Medical Assistant is a certified Hospital Major incident and medical management systems and Trauma Nursing Core Course Instructor. Currently Mrs Klette holds the position of Trauma Programme Manager and Regional Trauma Coordinator for Netcare in the Western Cape. Mrs Klette previously worked as a flight Nurse (Aviation Healthcare Provider) across Africa and internationally for a period of 10 years. During this period she also managed 3 Emergency Departments in South Africa, spanning a total of 15 years. Following her time in Emergency Departments she managed the Critical Care Units at a facility, encompassing 5 ICU’s, the Emergency Department and the Advanced Life Support Response vehicle team. She was promoted to Nursing Standards Manager and remained in this position for 3 years.She is the co-author of 11 injury prevention booklets endorsed by national and international organisations (including the World Health Organization) and is invited nationally and internationally as a guest speaker regarding trauma programme management and injury prevention. Recently she co-authored a book on Management of sudden death in emergency services. Mrs Klette is currently the secretary and member of the executive committee of the Trauma Society of South Africa.

Dr Maritz Laubscher
Dr Maritz Laubscher is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction.
Maritz obtained his undergraduate qualification from the University of the Free State. After working at various centres around South Africa and the United Kingdom, he completed his specialist orthopaedic training at the University of Cape Town. This was followed by a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Groote Schuur Hospital and the Cape Orthopaedic Trauma Group in Vincent Pallotti Hospital. He then travelled to London to work in the Limb Reconstruction Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital under the mentorship of Mr Peter Calder and David Goodier. During his time there he gained extensive experience in all aspects of Limb Reconstruction in adult and paediatric patients, including deformity correction, limb lengthening and the treatment of non-unions and bone infections. He returned to Cape Town to take up a consultant position at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital.He has presented at several local and international meetings and his research work has been published in local and international journals. He is involved in both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching at the University of Cape Town.
His practice includes complex trauma, deformity correction, limb lengthening and the treatment of non-unions and bone infections.

Prof Ernesto Leva
Born in 1964, I qualified myself as medical doctor and pediatric surgeon at the University of Milano, Italy. During my training I spend differents period at the Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool, in Manchester and Cologne.
My final training was completed in South Africa at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town with Prof. Rode; during the years with Prof. Millar and Prof. Numanoglu we developed several projects of International Cooperation between out Institutions. In Policlinico Milano I became Head of the Department in 2014 and we devoleped services as dedicated Colorectal Center for ARM and Hirschprung and in the last 3 years we developed a Fetal Center where we perfume different fetal surgical procedures for CDH, spina bifida, lung anomalies, thoracic and mediastinal masses. Up today Policlinico is the only center in Italy which manage this aspects, and we have the highest experiences in neonatal surgery.

Prof Jerome Loveland
Prof Loveland started his career at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital in 1997. He is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Academic Head of Paediatric Surgery and Head of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. In addition he is part of the Liver and Renal Transplant program at the Wits Donald Gordon Transplant Centre. His interests include Oncology, Neonatal Surgery, Hepato-biliary surgery, General Paediatric Surgery and Urology. Prof Loveland is very passionate about training of foreign visiting fellows. He has a keen interest in Research and has published national and internationally in the fields of Paediatric Surgery as well as Transplantation.

Dr Deidré McPherson
MBChB(Stell), FCS(SA), MMED (Surg)(UCT)
Deidré is currently a subspecialty trainee in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre and University of Cape Town. She completed her FCSin 2017,and has been working inthe field of trauma surgery since then. She is a recipient of the Discovery Subspecialty Training Fellowship for 2018/19. Her research interests include the effects of HIV in the Trauma patient. She is also a registered PhD candidate investigating the role of Enhanced Recovery After Trauma Surgery (ERATS) in a randomized control study.

Prof Alastair Millar
Alastair Millar qualified at the University of Cape Town in 1972. He trained initially in general surgery in the United Kingdom and in paediatric surgery in South Africa and Australia before being appointed to the staff of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, as specialist paediatric surgeon in 1984, where he spent the major part of his professional time. He was appointed Full Professor and Chief Specialist in 2001. He held a Senior Faculty Position in the United Kingdom 2004 - 2007 [Birmingham Children’s Hospital and University of Birmingham] as Clinical Lead in Paediatric Hepatico-pancreatico-biliary Surgery and Professor of Paediatric Transplantation, before returning to Cape Town in 2007 to take up the Charles F.M. Saint Chair in Paediatric Surgery at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. He has published extensively with a particular interest in transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, surgical oncology, trauma and surgery in Africa. He has authored over 235 articles in peer reviewed journals and contributed to more than 47 book chapters. He is past President of the College of Paediatric Surgeons of South Africa [2011 – 2017]. He was awarded the Sir Denis Browne Gold Medal by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons in 2011 for Outstanding Services to Paediatric Surgery. He retired as Head of Department in 2013, but remains as Emeritus Professor in a teaching, service and training capacity and is in part-time private practice. He is immediate past Secretary General and Treasurer of the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons [WOFAPS]. He has been married for 40yrs’.

Prof Steve Moeng
Professor Steve Moeng is a Trauma Surgeon and Head of Trauma Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital. He is the Chairman and Academic Head of Trauma at WITS. He has both national and international trauma surgery academic activities with a keen interest in Critical Care. Steve started his career in the mine industry in Welkom, Free State and became hooked to Trauma ever since. He is the previous Chairman of ATLS Gauteng, current Chairman of DSTC in South Africa, and the current Vice-President of the Trauma Society of South Africa.

Prof Pradeep Navsaria
Professor Pradeep Navsaria is Trauma Surgeon and Deputy Head at the Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Cape Town. He is currently one of the most prolific trauma surgery researchers in the world with over 120 peer review publications. His particular field of interests include abdominal compartment syndrome, damage control surgery, selective non-operative management of abdominal gunshot wounds, and penetrating neck trauma. He recently was awarded the distinguished teachers award from the University of Cape Town.

Dr George Oosthuizen
Dr George Oosthuizen is a Trauma Surgeon and Chief of Surgery at Ngwelezana Hospital in Empangeni, South Africa. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and University of Orebro, Sweden. George is theSection Editor of the Journal of EVTM. Previous Trauma Program Director: Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and immediate Past President of the Trauma Society of South Africa. Instructor: EMST/ ATLS/ BTSS/ DSTC courses.

Prof Viktor Reva
Professor Viktor Reva is a Trauma Surgeon at the War Surgery Department, Military Medical Academy, Saint-Petersburg, Russia and the consulting trauma surgeon at Dzhanelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine.He graduated from the Military Medical Academy in 2007 and completed his Fellowship at War Surgery Department, Military Medical Academy in 2011 (with residency program for surgery/trauma surgery). The Endovascular Surgery Advanced Study Course and Vascular Residency program were completed in 2012 and 2014 respectively. His clinical expertise lies in trauma surgery (all spectrum), vascular trauma, EVTM, ultrasound (FAST, vascular), elective vascular surgery, and he is leading the use of REBOA in Russia.

Dr Liezel Taylor
Dr Liezel Taylor is a qualified trauma surgeon having completed her fellowship training at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and worked in five large trauma centers in South Africa including level 1 Milpark Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Netcare Union Hospital. She is currently the Clinical Head of the Trauma Unit at Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch. Dr Taylor’s main interests include management of traumatic vascular injuries, acute resuscitation and trauma critical care. She is passionate about the training of undergraduate and post-graduate students and also involve in various research projects including endovascular and operative management of penetrating vascular injuries.

Mande Toubkin
Employer: Netcare Limited
Position: National Emergency Trauma, Transplant, Disaster Management and Corporate Social Investment Manager, Netcare
Qualifications: Dip General Nursing, Dip Midwifery (Honors), Dip Paediatric Nursing Science (Honors), Trauma Nursing (Honors), Hospital Nursing Management, Aviation Health Care Providers, FSA Interaction Management, Dip Medical and Surgical Nursing Trauma (Honors), Dip Medical and Surgical Nursing Critical Care (Honors)
Other positions: Regional Trauma Coordinator Gauteng West, Deputy Nursing Service Manager Trauma Unit (Milpark Hospital), Trauma Unit Manager (Milpark Hospital)
Current responsibilities: Overall day-to-day management of Netcare Emergency, Transplant, Corporate Social Investment and Disaster Management

Prof Elmin Steyn
Professor Elmin Steyn is the current President Elect of the International Association of Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC). A Trauma and Transplant surgeon by profession and Head of Surgery at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. She is a past president of the Trauma Society of South Africa. As an international instructor for ATLS, NTMC and DSTC, she has trained surgeons in 36 countries on 4 continents and has presented keynote presentations at Trauma conferences worldwide. Elmin is co-editor of three editions of the Oxford Handbook of Trauma and has contributed numerous chapters to several textbooks of Trauma Surgery.