New ENT Head Plans to Build Capabilities

Dr Andile Sibiya joined the few women in surgery and leadership, as she took office as Head of UKZN’s Ortorhinolaryngology (ENT) Department at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the beginning of October.

Sibiya completed her MBChB at the University of Cape Town and did her internship and community service at Ngwelezana Hospital, Empangeni. She trained in her ENT specialisation with the University of Pretoria, completing her MMed there and then staying on to serve as a consultant. In 2016, she relocated to Ngwelezana Hospital. Passionate about clinical service delivery and broadening her own management skillset, Sibiya recently completed an MBA with the University of Oxford.

‘I have joined a Department with highly passionate people. The team of consultant surgeons here have held together the department in challenging times, when the burden of disease and service delivery demands have been very high. Dr Nthabeleng Rankhethoa who has been Acting Head of Department from 2017 has done a sterling job in stabilising partnerships and the Unit, creating a good space and foundation to build on,’ said Sibiya, who is committed to strengthening ENT services across the province by supporting staff development and improving service capabilities for improved patient care.

She added that ENT as a specialisation appealed to her when she was still at medical school, and that she is glad that she followed her passion because it changes lives for the better.

‘We are pleased to welcome Dr Andile Sibiya as the new ENT HOD. I would also like to thank Dr Rankhethoa for her commitment and the hard work she put in to stabilise and lead the ENT Department and to achieve its 100 percent success rate in the previous fellowship exams,’ said the Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, Professor Ncoza Dlova.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Lihle Sosibo