Obituary

April 17th, 2019 Dr Carol Ann Thomas, gynaecological specialist, advocate and innovator for women’s health, has died, at the height of her professional career, of complications following a double lung transplant. Helen Moffett writes in a Daily Maverick...

April 4th, 2018 James Holland, a founding father of chemotherapy who helped pioneer a lifesaving drug treatment for paediatric leukaemia patients, has died at his home in Scarsdale, New York, reports The New York Times. He was 92. The cause was respiratory...

February 7th, 2018 Dr Arnold Gold, a paediatric neurologist whose belief in the importance of an empathetic bedside manner led him and his wife to create a foundation to inspire young doctors to practice compassionate patient care, died on 23 January in Manhattan...

January 10th, 2018 Acclaimed Stanford University neuroscientist, Dr Ben Barres, has died, 20 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. Barres’ path-breaking discoveries of the crucial roles played by glial cells – the unsung majority of...

October 4th, 2017 Arthur Janov, the psychotherapist whose “primal therapy” had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a bestselling book in the 1970s, has died, reports The Guardian. He was 93. Janov died on 1 October at his Malibu...

September 6th, 2017 Kurt Worrall-Clare, acting CEO of the National Hospital Network and past CEO and current board member of the Hospital Association of SA, has died. The Hospital Association of South Africa in its statement on the death of Kurt Worrall-Clare,...

August 30th, 2017 Dr Paul Boulle, well-known gynaecologist who was among the pioneers of in vitro fertilisation in Durban, has died at the age of 84. Durban’s first “test tube” baby, born under his supervision at St Augustine’s Hospital was a page one...

March 8th, 2017 Dr Hawa Patel, one of the first female black medical graduates from the University of Cape Town, recently died in Canada, aged 93. Through a bequest, the MBChB bursary she established in 2009 will continue its work. Dr Hawa Patel graduated MBChB in...

January 25th, 2017 The Council for Medical Schemes registrar and CEO, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, has died on after a short illness, reports Business Day. He was an outspoken pharmacist-turned-health administrator whose career spanned the public and private sector. He...
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