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Season 3
Your patient with Parkinson’s Disease - 16 August 2022
While Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed at specialist level, GPs who refer patients early, will help to improve outcomes. Dr Riaan Van Coller, Neurologist, in conversation with in CONVERSATION host, Dr Rust Theron, highlights practical key actions which will enable GPs to provide best long-term medical support for their patients.

Experts: Dr Rust Theron & Dr Riaan van Coller

Multiple Sclerosis - 30 August 2022
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Allergies - 13 September 2022
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COPD - 27 September 2022
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HIV triple vs. Dual therapy - 11 October 2022
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Chronic pain - 25 October 2022
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Depression - 8 November 2022
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Chronic diseases - 22 November 2022
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Dr Rust Theron

Dr Rust Theron

Physician, Durbanville Mediclinic
Dr Rust Theron is a leading specialist physician with more than 25 years’ experience in private practice. He heads the COVID-19 emergency team at Durbanville Mediclinic. With a keen interest in research leading to his participation in numbers of International Trials in the field of asthma, diabetes and heart failure, and involvement in medical education at the University of Stellenbosch, Dr Rust Theron is keen to stimulate debate and participation in COVID-19 care in the country.
Dr Riaan van Coller

Dr Riaan van Coller

Specialist Neurologist, Life Wilgers Medical Centre
Professor Riaan van Coller is a practicing neurologist in Pretoria, South Africa. Main interest is in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation, on which he has published several scientific papers. Appointed as a consultant and extraordinary professor in the Neurology Department, University of Pretoria, where he is involved in research and teaching under-graduate students and neurologists in training, in movement disorders. Completed medical and neurology training at the University of Pretoria and completed a PhD in neurology at UP in 2021. Active in the International Parkinson’s disease and Movement disorders society: since 2021 as a member of the executive committee of the African Section, and as a member of the central bylaws committee. He is active in the South African Movement Disorders Interest Group.
Dr Michael Huth

Dr Michael Huth

Specialist Neurologist, Netcare Linksfield Hospital
Experienced, Competent, Caring Neurologist with a demonstrated history of working and excelling in different types of health care settings. We strive for safe, comprehensive, compassionate holistic care of patients. A passionate and dedicated professional, Dr Huth is a Director on the board of the Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA) with the responsibility for representing the majority of the country's Neurologists in engaging with the South African private health care sector and directing the profession. We practice General Neurology and Hospital Neurology, with interests in research and expert management of Headache, Dementia and Neurophysiology of Neuromuscular disease and Epilepsy.
Dr Morne Johan Vorster

Dr Morne Johan Vorster

Pulmonologist, Panorama Mediclinic
Dr Vorster is an experienced pulmonologist who treats pleural diseases and specialises in sports-related respiratory illnesses. He performed bronchoscopy and fluoroscopy to treat chronic respiratory conditions. Dr Vorster graduated with a BSc cum laude and soon after attained his MBChB from Stellenbosch University. He is a Member of The College of Royal Physicians (MRCP) and completed his training as a specialist physician in Worcester. Ten of Dr Vorster's publications include work related to tuberculosis and pleural diseases. He specialised in pulmonology and attained his Masters in interventional pulmonology and thoracoscopy sedation.
Dr Martin Mpe

Dr Martin Mpe

Cardiologist, Mediclinic Heart Hospital
Dr Martin Mpe is a private cardiologist at Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria and also serves as acting Head of the Heart Unit at No. 1 Military Hospital in Thaba-Tshwane where he assists in interventional cardiology and cardiac pacing, including cardiac resynchronisation therapy and ICD implants. As current President of both the SA Heart Failure Society and the SA Hypertension Society, he is committed to ongoing professional education of clinicians throughout the country and in the rest of Africa.
Dr Rykie Liebenberg

Dr Rykie Liebenberg

Psychiatrist, Mediclinic Sandton
Dr Rykie Liebenberg, Psychiatrist in private practice in Sandton is a champion of ADHD care in South Africa. Dr Liebenberg is a co-founder and co-convenor of the special interest group on adult ADHD. She is also a co- author of the South African Guidelines for ADHD. Her clinical experience includes five years at West End TB and psychiatric hospital in Kimberley as superintendent, and two years at Elcon school for physically disabled children. Her postgraduate studies were completed at Wits, where she served as both consultant and head of unit at Johannesburg Hospital from 1996 until 2002. Her commitment to ongoing medical education and clinical training is recognised throughout the country.
Professor James Ker

Professor James Ker

Emeritus Professor, University of Pretoria
Prof James Ker’s role in training specialists and general practitioners throughout the country over the past 30 years reflects his passion to teach evidence-based medicine, in both continuing medical education meetings and at the bedside. Prof Ker retired as deputy-dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and chairperson of the Cardiology Teaching Block at undergraduate level at the University of Pretoria. He comments, ‘I can do administration, but without teaching, I feel lost’. His clinical experience is drawn from both private and public specialist practice, including part-time appointments to the mining sector and insurance industry.
Dr David Smart

Dr David Smart

Private Practice in Pietermaritzburg
Dr David Smart is a specialist urologist in private practice, based in Pietermaritzburg for the past 20 years. Currently he is President of the South African Urology Association and has also contributed significantly to the training of South African urologists through the SA Colleges of Medicine. He has a particular interest in clinical education, clinical trials and research and has served as the editor of the quarterly Journal, Urology Today.
Dr KD Mahomed

Dr KD Mahomed

Garden City Clinic
Dr KD Mahomed has been a medical doctor for over 30 years and has 12 years of experience in the management of HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Her passion extends beyond patient care and shows in her devotion to the training of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, peer educators, and mentors in HIV/TB care. As the lead consult at Garden City Clinic, she takes professional pride in ensuring that clinical protocols are aligned so that all patients in her network receive the best care with minimal complications and rates of opportunistic infections. His clinical experience is drawn from both private and public specialist practice, including part-time appointments to the mining sector and insurance industry.
Professor Linda-Gail Bekker

Professor Linda-Gail Bekker

Desmond Tutu HIV Centre
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker is the Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. She also serves as Chief Operations Officer of the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation. She is a physician scientist and infectious disease specialist. Her research interests include programmatic and action research around antiretroviral roll out and TB integration, prevention of HIV in women, youth and MSM.
Professor Claudia Gray

Professor Claudia Gray

Kidsallergy Centre
Claudia Gray is a paediatrician with subspecialist training in both allergy and pharmacology. Her basic medical training was undertaken in South Africa and the specialty training in the United Kingdom. Currently she heads up the Kidsallergy Centre - a busy paediatric and allergy clinic in Cape Town. She also does sessions at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital as a paediatric allergy specialist and is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Shaquir Salduker

Dr Shaquir Salduker

Durban Pain Clinic
Dr Shaquir Salduker is a psychiatrist by training, and also have an interest in the management of chronic pain. He runs a pain clinic in Durban for the last 16 years, called the Durban Pain Clinic. The reason he got involved with pain is because a lot of patients who have been suffering with pain ultimately get referred to psychiatrists.
Professor Guy Richards

Professor Guy Richards

Emeritus Professor, Wits University
Emeritus Professor, Wits University, retired. Professor Richards has led many critical care initiatives in Southern Africa and is currently involved in developing a new understanding of COVID-19 infection and its consequences.
Dr Jean Maritz

Dr Jean Maritz

Specialist Virologist at Pathcare
Dr Jean Maritz studied medicine at Stellenbosch University where he specialised in medical virology. He remained at the National Health Laboratory Service at Tygerberg Hospital as a consultant virologist for 5 years before joining PathCare in January 2018. Jean’s research interests are broad and include novel molecular viral diagnostics, HIV reservoir dynamics as well as viral infections of the eye and the central nervous system.
Professor Shabir A. Madhi

Professor Shabir A. Madhi

Professor of Vaccinology, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Madhi is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (WITS) and Director of the world-renowned Medical Research Council Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA). He also chairs the National Advisory Group on Immunization in South Africa. Madhi has done extensive research on the epidemiology and clinical development of various vaccines which has informed WHO recommendations. For his work, Prof Madhi has received many awards and accolades including the Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership Award for Scientific Leadership.