College of Health Sciences

Dean: Clinical Medicine


Person Prof  Ncoza Dlova Professor Ncoza Dlova
Telephone (031) 260 4530
Campus Nelson Mandela School of Medicine
Research Interests
Designation  Acring Dean and Head of School
Biosketch Ncoza Dlova is an Associate Professor, Chief Specialist and Head of Department of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM), Durban, South Africa. She co-ordinates undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes within the department.
She qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Dermatology Specialist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa and was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her research interests are on: Ethnic Skin and Hair, Pigmentation disorders, as well as HIV and Skin. Dlova was one of the first two African female Dermatologists to qualify from South Africa and the First from UKZN and has subsequently trained 20 other African dermatologists and supervised 15 MMed Sci and Masters students.Her passion for teaching and good leadership has culminated in her receiving the best teacher and leader awards in her department .
She is the inaugural President of the African Womens Dermatology Society, whose aim is to mentor young SA dermatologists as well as actively participate in community outreach and consumer education on issues of skin and hair
She spearheaded and drove a “National Antiskin Bleaching Campaign”which culminated in a march on the 26th August 2016 in Durban.Prof Dlova is the member of the International Society of Dermatology (ISD) and serves as an Executive member for the Maria Duran Fellowship subcommittee, member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa, Senior Examiner, Convener and member of the SA College of Dermatologists, American Women’s Dermatology Society. She is an Executive member of the newly formed African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) and was quite instrumental and active in the formation of the ASDV (2016). She was the President of the successful and 1st International Dermatology Congress (CCD) held in South Africa under the auspices of the intenational society of dermatology.
In 2015, the Minister of health in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) awarded the Dermatology Department under her leadership as one of the Public Centres of Excellence in KZN after she personally raised funds to the value of R500 000 to refurbish the dilapidated public hospital clinic.
In 2016 she raised funds to the value of R900 000 as part of her department’s outreach programme to assist in the training of basic dermatology to about 400 primary health care care givers in KZN. Her passion for education has led to the compilation of a locally relevant textbook on common skin conditions this is aimed at all Medical students in SA as well as educational pamphlets and video material educating patients about their skin conditions.
In the pipeline is a pocket book aimed at primary and high schools, addressing skin and hair care concerns of black South Africans, as well as plans to include hair and skin care in the life orientation syllabus of scholars.
In 2016 Dlova was elected as the International member of the prestigious American Dermatology Association in recognition of her local and international contribution to dermatology and will be inducted in Boston, USA in June 2017.Researchgate Profile
List of Publications O. S. Katibi, NC. Dlova, A. Mosam. Cutaneous cytomegalovirus infection on a multi-dermatomal herpes zoster scar: an isotopic immmune response. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2015 Jan;40(1):42-4. doi: 10.1111/ced.12477. Epub 2014.

Lal K, Dlova N, Mosam A, Khoza N. An infant presenting with multiple scalp ulcers. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Nov-Dec;31(6):729-30. doi: 10.1111/pde.12488.

Dlova NC,   Hamed SH, Tsoka-Gwegweni  J, Grobler A. Skin lightening practices: an epidemiological study amongst South African women of African and Indian ancestry.(accepted Br J Dermatol  June 2014, proof attached).

Dlova NC,   Hamed SH, Tsoka-Gwegweni  J, Grobler A . An epidemiological study on knowledge and perceptions of the benefits and risks of skin lightening creams amongst Black and Indian women in South Africa. (accepted :Jnl  Cosmetic Dermatol  June ,2014, proof attached).

Dlova CN, Goh CL , Patch Testing in occupational allergic contact dermatitis ,  Occupational Health  Journal.2010 Sept/Oct 16(5):34-36.

Mars M, Dlova CN. Teledermatology by videoconference: Experience of a pilot project. SA Fam Pract 2008; 50(3):70

Dlova CN, Mosam A. Noninfectious Dermatoses in HIV/AIDS. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):439-48.

Mosam A, Dlova CN.  HIV/AIDS  in Subsaharan Africa. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):421-9

Morar N, Dlova CN. Cutaneous manifestations of HIV in an outpatient clinic KwaZulu –Natal, South Africa. Int J Dermatol 2006: 45; 8: 1006-1007.

Manjra AIdu Plessis PWeiss RMotala CMPotter PCRaboobee NDlova NDavis MWeinberg EGSouth African Childhood Atopic Eczema Working Group.  Childhood  atopic eczema consensus document. S Afr Med J. 2005 Jun; 95(6 Pt 2):435-40.

Tanaka S, Matsumoto Y, Dlova N, Ostlere LS, Goldsmith PC, Rycroft RJ, Basketter DA, White IR, Banerjee P, McFadden JP. Immediate contact reactions to fragrance mix constituents and Myroxylon pereirae resin.Contact Dermatitis. 2004 Jul;51(1):20-1

Morar N, Dlova CN. Tinea capitis in Children, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Pediatr Dermatol. 2004 Jul- Aug; 21(4):444-7

Mosam A, Irusen E.M, Kagoro H. Aboobaker J, Dlova CN The impact of HIV/AIDS on skin diseases in KwaZulu Natal, SouthAfrica. Int J Dermatol. 2004 Oct; 43(10):782-3.

Ramdial, Dlova CN, Sydney C. Cytomegalovirus neuritis in perineal ulcers.J Cut Pathol.2002Aug; 29(7):439-44

K Ramdial, Mosam A, Dlova CN, B Satar N, Abbobaker J, Singh SM.   Disseminated   cutaneous histoplasmosis in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. J Cut Pathol.2002 Apr; 29(4): 215-25

Gupta A, Paul Adam, Dlova CN. et al.  Therapeutic options for the treatment of Tinea Capitis caused by Trichophyton species: Griseofulvin versus the new oral antifungal agents terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole, Pediatr Dermatol. 2001 Sep-Oct; 18 (5): 433-8.

Gupta A, Dlova CN. et al.  Once weekly Fluconazole is effective in the treatment of Tinea Capitis, Br. J. of  Dermatol, 2000,142: 965-968.

Morar N, Dlova C.N. Erythroderma and the impact of H.I.V., International Journal of Dermatology, 1999, 38:895 – 900.

Morar N, Ramdial P.K. Dlova CN.  “Lues Maligna”, Br. J. Dermatol, 1999, 140: 1175-1177.

Gupta A, Dlova CN. Morar N. Fluconazole: intermittent short duration therapy is effective in the treatment of tinea capitis. Br. J. Dermatology, 1999, 141:304 – 306.

Ramdial P.K. Morar N. Dlova CN. HIV Eosinophilic folliculitis and HIV, American Journal of Dermatopathology, – 1999, 21(3): 241 – 246

A retrospective study on the clinical presentation and treatment outcome of melasma in a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore. Goh CL, Dlova CN.

The spectrum of skin diseases in a black population in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dlova NC, Mankahla A, Madala N, Grobler A, Tsoka-Gwegweni J, Hift RJ. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Apr 16. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12589. PMID: 24738608

HIV infection predisposes skin to toxic epidermal necrolysis via depletion of skin-directed CD4⁺ T cells. Yang C, Mosam A, Mankahla A, Dlova N, Saavedra A. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Jun;70(6):1096-102. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.12.025. PMID: 24629995

Autosomal dominant inheritance of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia in black South Africans. Dlova NC, Jordaan FH, Sarig O, Sprecher E. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Apr;70(4):679-682.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.11.035. PMID: 24480456

Idiopathic acquired true total and subtotal leukonychia: report of two cases. Dlova NC, Tosti A. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Apr;53(4):e261-3. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12295. Epub 2013 Oct 14. PMID: 24116394

Frontal fibrosing alopecia in an African man. Dlova NC, Goh CL. Int J Dermatol. 2013 Aug 22. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05821.x. PMID: 23968222

Non-toxic melanin production inhibitors from Garcinia livingstonei(Clusiaceae). Mulholland DA, Mwangi EM, Dlova NC, Plant N, Crouch NR, Coombes PH. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Sep 16;149(2):570-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.07.023. PMID: 23891889

Communication on the dangers and abuse of skin lighteners in Africa. Dlova NC, Ajose F. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Jun;53(6):e335-7. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12221. Epub 2013 Jul 24. PMID: 23879291

Chemical analysis and in vitro UV-protection characteristics of clays traditionally used for sun protection in South Africa. Dlova NC, Nevondo FT, Mwangi EM, Summers B, Tsoka-Gwegweni J, Martincigh BS, Mulholland DA. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2013 Jun;29(3):164-9. doi: 10.1111/phpp.12042. PMID: 23651277

Frontal fibrosing alopecia: a clinical review of 20 black patients from South Africa. Dlova NC, Jordaan HF, Skenjane A, Khoza N, Tosti A. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Oct;169(4):939-41. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12424. PMID: 23647261

Skin-lightening creams used in Durban, South Africa. Dlova NC, Hendricks NE, Martincgh BS. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;51 Suppl 1:51-3, 56-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05566.x. English, French. PMID: 23210963

Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia: possible familial aetiology in two African families from South Africa. Dlova NC, Forder M. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;51 Suppl 1:17-20, 20-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05557.x. English, French. PMID: 23210944

Frontal fibrosing alopecia and lichen planus pigmentosus: is there a link? Dlova NC. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Feb;168(2):439-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11146.x. Epub 2012 Oct 5. PMID: 22803712

Mycetoma. Dlova NC, Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 May-Jun;10(3):181. PMID: 22779102

Familial frontal fibrosing alopecia. Dlova N, Goh CL, Tosti A. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Jan;168(1):220-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11101.x. Epub 2012 Sep 13. PMID: 22716508

Bartonella quintana-induced vulval bacillary angiomatosis. Ramdial PK, Sing Y, Ramburan A, Dlova NC, Bagratee JS, Calonje E. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2012 Jul;31(4):390-4. doi:  10.1097/PGP.0b013e31823f8463. PMID: 22653356

Actinomycetoma. Dlova NC, Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 Mar-Apr;10(2):98. PMID: 22545325

Giant molluscum in an HIV-positive patient. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Nov-Dec;8(6):350. PMID: 21413652

Lupus vulgaris in an HIV-positive patient. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Sep-Oct;8(5):296. PMID: 21137642

Disseminated cutaneous histoplasmosis. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Mar-Apr;8(2):110. PMID: 20527146



Dlova NC, Mosam A. South Africa’s first time hosting the 3rd continental congress of the international society of dermatology and the 65th annual   dermatology meeting. Expert Rev Dermatol. 8 (2),00. 2013

Dlova CN. Annual Congress of the Dermatological Society of South Africa, Durban International Convention Centre, April 17-20, 2002.  Skinmed. 2002 Nov-Dec; 1(2):151-2.



 *Dlova CN, Mosam A.

A Clinical Atlas of Skin Conditions in HIV/AIDS: An illustrated   management guide for healthcare professionals. Published by the Health and medical Publishing Group of the South African Medical Association ISBN 1-875098-40-2 2005

*Dlova CN, Mosam A.

A Clinical Atlas of Skin Conditions in HIV/AIDS: An illustrated management guide for healthcare professionals. Published by the Health and medical Publishing Group of the South African Medical Association ISBN 1-875098-40-2 2010



1.         Dlova NC, Morar N. Use and abuse of topical steroids  for textbook entitled “Dermatology for Skin of Color”.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul  Kelly(McGraw-Hill) July 2004

2.         Morar N,  Dlova NC. Use and abuse of hydroquinone for textbook entitled “Dermatology for Skin of Color”.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul  Kelly(McGraw-Hill) July 2004

3.         Dlova NC, Mosam A. Histoplasmosis:  for “Digital Clinical Decision Support Dermatology” textbook, 2010 (in Press)

4.         Contributed numerous clinical slides on Infectious diseases chapter  for the textbook of Dermatopathology: “Pathology of the Skin” , 3rd edition by McKee PH, Calonje E and Granter S published by Elsvier Ltd 2009

5.         Contributed clinical pictures for the textbook on “Women Dermatoses” written by Lawrence” Parish et al 2005.

6.         Dlova NC, Mosam A, Hoosen K. Chromomycosis: for Tropical Dermatology textbook (in press) 2011

7.         Dlova NC,  Mosam  A, Chateau A. Eumycetoma. In: Schlossberg, D. (ed.). Clinical Infectious Disease 2nd Edition, Chapter 27, Cambridge University Press 2014, pp. [xx-xx].

8.         Dlova NC, Mosam A, Ajose Francis. Dermatology for Skin of Color”.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul Kelly (McGraw-Hill) March 2013.

9.         Khoza NF, Dlova NC, Mosam A. Editors , Rashmi Sarkar  “Epidemiology of melasma “ June 2014


Original research on use of plant extracts for treatment of hyperpigmentation was chosen as “Best Work and Presentation  for further Research and Development” by the University of KwaZulu Natal Intellectual property and Technology transfer department in 2009.


  • Patent approved for Garcinia Livingstone for treatment of skin pigmentation.
  • Patent application for use of clay as a physical sunscreen.