Heartcentre Staff Members
Name Position Email
  Smit
Head of Department smitfe@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Smit
Head of Department
smitfe@ufs.ac.za

Prof Francis Smit was appointed Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2004.

He is a University of the Free State graduate (MB.ChB - 1982). As a registrar (1986 - 1990), his mentors were  Hannes Meyer (first head of the department 1973-1990)  and Japie Hough. He obtained his MMed (CTS) in 1991.
 
He completed a fellowship with Marc De Leval  as honorary senior registrar at Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children and the Harley Street Clinic, London, UK in 1991, having the privilege of working with Donald Ross and Jarda Stark at the same time.
 
After a period as part-time consultant at the UFS and private practice at Medi-Clinic in Bloemfontein, he joined Robin Kinsley  (1999- 2003) and was involved at EXCO level in the development of the Walter Sisulu Pediatric Cardiac Unit for Africa.
 
The development of the SA Heart Association Cardiothoracic Databases forms part of an interest in Health Economics.
 
Further special interests include heart valve development and research, pediatric cardiac surgery and adult cardiac surgery.
 
He has identified the development of Training, Service Delivery, Research and Product Development  Programs for Africa and Africans as the long-term vision and mission of our department.
  Long
Senior Specialist gnktmal.md@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Long
Senior Specialist
gnktmal.md@ufs.ac.za

Dr Michael A Long is the head of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Division. He is responsible for service delivery – pediatric & adult cardiac surgery, training of registrars – theoretical & practical, and administrative duties viz. compilation of OR lists, call rosters, etc.

 
Dr Long matriculated from Grey College, Bfn 1979. He obtained his MB ChB degree from the University of the Free State in 1985. Dr Long completed internship at Pelenomi Hosp, Bfn during 1986. After 2 years National Service, he commenced residency in cardiothoracic surgery in 1989, obtaining M.Med in CT Surgery in 1993.
 

Dr Long has a special interest in pediatric cardiac surgery, aortic root surgery, allograft surgery including the Ross procedure, valvular repair surgery and non-transplant surgery for chronic cardiac failure.

  Jordaan
Senior Specialist drjjordaan@gmail.com view more info
  Jordaan
Senior Specialist
drjjordaan@gmail.com

Dr Johan Jordaan is a consultant with joint appointment as Principle Specialist at the Critical Care Unit, Universitas Academic Hospital.

Johan received his MB ChB in 1997 and his MMed (Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2005 from the University of the Free State. He also received his Certificate in Critical Care from the College of Medicine in 2009. Before joining the department as a registrar in 200, he did his internship at Pelonomi/Universitas Complex and his community service at Botshabelo Hospital.
 
Johan is actively involved in large animal research studies at the Animal Experimental Laboratory at the University of the Free State.
 
His extramural activities include cycling (he was the Free State Provincial Champion in 2003), SCUBA diving and hiking. Johan has a special interest in Quantum Physics.
  Honing
Registrar johan.honing@gmail.com view more info
  Honing
Registrar
johan.honing@gmail.com

Dr Johan Honing is a first year registrar in cardiothoracic surgery. He is currently rotating for his intermediate examination.


Dr Honing matriculated from Paul Roos Gimnasium in Stellenbosch in 1998. He obtained his MB ChB in 2005 from the University of Stellenboch.
  Botes
Natural Medical Scientist lbotes@cut.ac.za view more info
  Botes
Natural Medical Scientist
lbotes@cut.ac.za

Dr Lezelle Botes is a part-time research consultant. She is actively involved in all the research projects conducted within the department. Dr Botes offers guidance on projects layouts, the standardization of research protocols and study leadership for post-graduate students.

Lezelle matriculated from Bultfontein Secondary School in 1994. After matriculation she registered at the Central University of Technology and moved on to completed her National Diploma in Biomedical Technology (category Clinical Pathology) in 1997 and in 1999 her B.Tech degree. She also completed her B.Tech degree in Clinical Technology, M.Tech degree in 2000 and D.Tech degree (Title registration: HIV Genotyping) in 2005.

Lezelle received national colours in Athletics in 1994 – 1998 as well as provincial colours in Tennis (1985-1995) and Netball (1992-1994).

  Van den Heever
Senior Specialist Natural Scientist vdheeverjj@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Van den Heever
Senior Specialist Natural Scientist
vdheeverjj@ufs.ac.za

Mr Hans van den Heever is responsible for the full management of the homgraft heart valve programme (procurement, processing, storage and distribution), the management and excecution of large animal laboratory research surgeries, writing of relevant research articles, congress presentations etc., and managing of the department’s financial budget, expenditure etc.

 
Hans was born in Klerksdorp. He matriculated from Wessel Maree High School in Odendaalsrus. He started his tertiary education at the North West University (Potchefstroom) where he obtained his B Sc degree in 1985. He obtained his B Sc Honn (Zoology) from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1988 and his M Med Sc (Cardiothoracic Surgery) in 2008, also from the UFS. Hans is also currently serving as a national representative for tissue banks on the South African Transplant Society EXCO.
 

Hans has a special interest in supplying suitable homograft tissue for transplantation to recipients both locally and nationally. He is also interested in research/preparation of suitable bio prosthetic tissue for transplantation as well as animal research work.   Hans is also involved in musculoskeletal and corneal tissue banking.

  Jansen van Vuuren
Manager: Clinical Technology vvuurenm@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Jansen van Vuuren
Manager: Clinical Technology
vvuurenm@ufs.ac.za

Mrs Márilee Jansen van Vuuren is the Manager: Clinical Technology. She is responsible for student training and administration. Other managerial duties include staff performance evaluation and strategic planning. 

 
Márilee got married in 2001; she had her daughter in 2006. She was appointed as the Manager of Clinical Technology in July 2006. She also recently attended training meetings for Perfusionists in Dubai.
 

Márilee has a special interest in research and is currently completing her Master’s Degree.

  Bester
Control Clinical Technologist besterdc@gmail.com view more info
  Bester
Control Clinical Technologist
besterdc@gmail.com

Mr Dreyer Bester is a Control Clinical Technologist. His departmental responsibilities include theatre work, stock ordering and administration. He is also actively involved in large animal research studies.

In 1995 Dreyer joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery as a student and qualified as a Perfusionist in 1997. He obtained his B.Tech degree from the Central University of Technology in 2002. He also obtained his M.Tech degree in September 2009.

Dreyer has a special interest in ECMO’s and VAD’s and also enjoys working at the large animal research laboratory. His research interest includes tissue studies on homografts.

Dreyer enjoys reading, hiking and watching Formula One racing.

  Crous
Clinical Technologist altiahuman@webmail.com view more info
  Crous
Clinical Technologist
altiahuman@webmail.com

 Mrs Altia Crous is a Chief Clinical Technologist responsible for cardiovascular perfusion services. She also assists in the practical training of students.

 
Altia qualified in 2007, receiving her B Tech Clinical Technology degree from the Central University of Technology. She is currently completing her M Tech Clinical Technology degree.
 

Altia’s research interests include the association of intraoperative metabolic markers to the outcomes of the surgical treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes.

  Jacobs
Clinical Technologist JacobsS@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Jacobs
Clinical Technologist
JacobsS@ufs.ac.za

Salomi is a Clinical Technologist (Cardiology) involved with the clinical research activities within the department. This includes management of the research projects, data collection and data quality control, as well as providing echocardiograms for studies. She is also aiming to provide intra-operative echocardiograms within the department. 

 
Salomi obtained her B. Occupational Therapy (2004) degree from the University of the Free State, and her B. Tech. Clinical Technology (Cardiology)(2007) from the Central University of Technology.
She is currently completing her M Tech Clinical Technology in Pediatrics from the Central University of Technology.
 

Her research and further education interests include clinical epidemiology especially in Pediatrics, animal research, and outreach in the field of Cardiothoracic surgery.

  A Muza
Clinical Technologist sheikhzabideen@gmail.com view more info
  A Muza
Clinical Technologist
sheikhzabideen@gmail.com

Mr Zain Musa is a Chief Clinical Technologist responsible for the cardiovascular perfusion services. He is also responsible for student training. Mr Musa is involved in various clinical and large animal experimental research projects.

 
Zain was born in Lusaka, Zambia. He received is primary and secondary education in Port Shepstone. He memorized the Quran in 1997 in attained tertiary Islamic education. In 2007 he obtained his B Tech Clinical Technology degree from the Central University of Technology. 
 

He enjoys supervision and training of students. Zain also has special research interests in line colonization in cardiac surgery and is planning to enroll for an M Tec Clinical Technology degree.

  Thompson Jooste
Clinical Technologist liezlthompson@gmail.com view more info
  Thompson Jooste
Clinical Technologist
liezlthompson@gmail.com

Liezl’s responsibilities include assisting with training, animal lab preparations, cardio-pulmonary bypass and cell saving.

She matriculated in 2001 in Montagu, and completed her B.Sc.(Hon) in Cardiac Physiology in 2006. She also completed her B. Tech Clinical Technology (Perfusion) at the Central University of Technology.
 

Liezl has special interests on research on animals and is planning to do her Master’s degree.

  Olivier
Matron Cardiothoracic Theatre louise.olivier@vodamail.co.za view more info
  Olivier
Matron Cardiothoracic Theatre
louise.olivier@vodamail.co.za

Matron Louise Olivier is in charge of the cardiothoracic theatres in Universitas Academic Hospital.

 
She qualified as a professional nurse in 1983. Matron Olivier completed diplomas in midwifery, psychiatric nursing, and community health nursing, and nursing administration. She qualified in theatre nursing science in 1989 and has been in charge of the cardiothoracic theatres since 1998.
 

Her special interests include cardiothoracic anesthesia.

   C Pretorius
Matron Cardiothoracic ICU PretoriuRC@fshealth.gov.za view more info
   C Pretorius
Matron Cardiothoracic ICU
PretoriuRC@fshealth.gov.za

Matron Rosalind Pretorius is the manager of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. She is responsible for: patient care, training, finance, equipment and administration.

 
Matron Pretorius was born in the Cape Province where she received her training at Grootte Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. She was appointed at the Universitas Academic Hospital Cardiothoracic ICU in 1985. Since then she has received more ICU training, acquired an advance diploma in Infection Control (PDIC) (Stellenbosch), as well as training in management.
 

She is currently completing her Master’s Degree and has a special interest in infection control, research and patient care.

  Van der Walt
Matron Cardiothoracic Ward vdWaltwj@fshealth.gov.za view more info
  Van der Walt
Matron Cardiothoracic Ward
vdWaltwj@fshealth.gov.za

Matron van der Walt is responsible for ensuring a high standard of patient care on continuous basis through effective and efficient management of human and material resources under her control. She also coordinates in-service training needs of personnel. Since 2009 she has also been in charge of the outpatients’ clinic.

 

Matron van der Walt completed her four-year diploma in Nursing from the University of the Free State. In 1976 she was registered as a professional nurse (General Nursing, Psychiatry, and Midwifery). She worked in Community Nursing Science in 1978, as a professional nurse in surgery from 1976-1979, and in charge of several primary health care departments from 1980-1990. In June of 1990 she joined the Department Cardiothoracic Surgery as the Operational Manager.

Matron van der Walt has a special interest in the challenges faced by the ward – nursing care to high care patients, HIV/TB research as well as the outpatient clinic.

  Erasmus
Secretary heartcentrefhs@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Erasmus
Secretary
heartcentrefhs@ufs.ac.za

Mrs Erasmus is the Administrative Manager of the Department Cardiothoracic Surgery.


Mrs Erasmus started in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1983 and worked with Prof Hannes Meyer and Prof Japie Hough. She left the Department in 1993 for the private sector which included 3 years at Netcare Head Office in Johannesburg. Prof Smit was appointed Head of Department in 2004 and Mrs Erasmus joined the Department in April 2004. She oversees all administrative and financial duties in the Department and obtained A Certificate in Management at the UFS in 2007.
 

Her hobbies includes painting, gardening and jewellery making.

  Jansen
Administrative Assistant JansenR1@ufs.ac.za view more info
  Jansen
Administrative Assistant
JansenR1@ufs.ac.za

Mrs Ruwayda Jansen is responsible for the secretarial and administrative duties. She also assists with the monitoring and data capturing of various research projects. 

 
Ruwayda is married and has one child. She is originally from Kimberley and matriculated from Petunia Senior Secondary School, Bloemfontein. 
 

Ruwayda would like to get more involved in research activities. She is also currently studying Criminology through the University of the Free State.

  Schulenburg
Senior Specialist richardps@doctor.com view more info
  Schulenburg
Senior Specialist
richardps@doctor.com

Richard graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. After receiving his MB.ChB degree, he completed his internship at the Boitumelo Hospital in Kroonstad and community service year in Zastron.

Richard joined the department of Cardiothoracic surgery as a regisrar in 2004. He enjoys adult and congenital cardiac surgery and is specifically interested in ventricular reconstructive surgery, surgery on the aortic root and circulatory assist devices.

He is currently working in Kimberly, at the Kimberly Hospital complex, as Head of Department  of Thoracic and Vascular surgery, as well as offering his services at Universitas hospital on a part- time basis.

  De-Huis
Registrar tbotoucha@yahoo.uk view more info
  De-Huis
Registrar
tbotoucha@yahoo.uk

Thabo was born in Ladybrand in 1976. He attended school in Thabo Nchu and matriculated in 1994. In 2002 he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Thabo worked as an intern and community officer/doctor in the Mafikeng Provincial Hospital until 2004.  Before he joined the Department of Cardiothoracic surgery as a registrar, he worked in Intensive Care for 6 months.

Thabo has a special interest in pediatric related cardiac surgery and aims to continue with the ranks until the highest possible position is reached.

Other interest include soccer, tennis and table tennis ( "dikolofana")

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