Trauma and Burns Chief Specialist Applauded for Driving Transformation in Surgery

The School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) under the leadership of its Head and Dean, Professor Ncoza Dlova, recently applauded Professor Timothy Hardcastle for his boundless and unselfish contribution towards the Discipline of General Surgery.

Hardcastle has successfully managed to keep the Discipline afloat whilst acting as Head from January to July 2022, ensuring that undergraduate and postgraduate training continued without interruptions.

Hardcastle fruitfully drove the transformation agenda in the Trauma Unit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH). This is evident with 60% of consultant staff in the Unit being female. Three specialists in the Unit have Fellow posts and one has already completed Fellow training as a sub-specialist in Trauma Surgery. He is also leading the transformation in medical officer staffing and already, 50% of medical officers are female and of these, 33% are Black.

Hardcastle is a Chief Specialist in Trauma and Burns. He heads the Clinical Department: Trauma and Burns at IALCH. He is an Honorary Research Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology and an Honorary Associate Professor of Trauma and Surgery at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He began his career at IALCH as Head of Clinical Unit: Trauma in 2008 after relocating from Stellenbosch. He undertook his PhD between 2011 and 2014. He has supervised numerous MMed degrees and three PhDs to completion. He was promoted to Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery at UKZN earlier this year (2022).

Words: Lihle Sosibo

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