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Prof Heike Geduld

Emergency Medicine Specialist
ECLS Specialist

Prof Heike Geduld is Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town.  Prior to her appointment in 2019, she spent 10 years as the Clinical Head of Education for the Western Cape EMS and was MMed Program Director for the joint Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. She is immediate past-President of the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa and a founding member and Past President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM). She is currently on the Board of Directors for AFEM and on the Board of Trustees for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She was one of the founding members of the South African chapter of Women in Global Health and is currently the vice-president. Heike has consulted on emergency care systems and injury care for the World Health Organization and was one of the authors of the WHO/ICRC Basic Emergency Care Course (BEC).

Dr MJ Slabbert

Trauma & Critical Care Anesthesiologist & Intensivist

Dr Marietjie Slabbert graduated from medical school in South Africa in 2001. She worked in Cape Town for three years, gaining experience Emergency Medicine, Paediatric Trauma and in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) working briefly with Red Cross Air Mercy Services. After moving to the United Kingdom in 2004, she worked as Emergency Medicine resident for 18-months. She started her Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine joint residency training in the UK in 2005. During her specialty training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, she also completed 18-months full-time Helicopter Emergency Medicine (HEMS) and Retrieval Medicine training with Careflight and the Royal Flying Doctors Service in Australia, London’s Air Ambulance and Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulances in the UK. She was also a flight physician with Thames Valley Air Ambulance and a critical care prehospital response physician in Oxford, England from 2008 to 2014. Dr Slabbert completed a Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care Anesthesiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2015/2016 after which she took up a staff physician and physician leader post in Critical Care and Anesthesiology in Northern British Columbia from 2015 to 2021. During this time, she held the rank of assistant professor at UBC and also completed an MBA in Leadership and Management with distinction. Dr Slabbert returned to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in January 2022 to take up a position as staff anesthesiologist. Her interests are in trauma anesthesia and resuscitation medicine, team leading in VUCA environments and the role of the anaesthetist in the remote / out of OR settings. She has presented on these topics at several international conferences in recent years. Dr Slabbert is actively involved in social media, promoting the concept of Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed). Her Twitter handle is @Gas_Air_CCdoc. She can also be found on LinkedIn

Dr Vicky Jennings

Consultant Trauma Surgeon
CHBAH & Netcare Millpark

Dr Vicky Jennings was born and raised in Pretoria, SouthAfrica. Her basic education was completed in Pretoria and she qualified as a medical practitioner in 2003 from the University of Pretoria. She completed herinternship at Kalafong Hospital and community service in Mamelodi Hospital, Pretoria. She became a medical officer at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic hospital in 2006 where she worked in trauma surgery,paediatric surgery and plastic surgery. She also worked as a casualty doctor in various private hospitals emergency rooms in 2007, whereafter she pursued acareer in General Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand. She qualified as a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (FCS) in 2012 and was awarded the University of the Witwatersrand Len Miller prize for the best candidate in surgery. In 2013 she became a consultant in the trauma unit at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She started a 2 year fellowship in Trauma Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, working at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and the Netcare Milpark Trauma Academic Centre. She completed the sub-speciality Certificate of Trauma Surgery through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2015. Currently she is the Deputy Head of the Trauma Unit and a Trauma Surgery consultant at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic

Hospital. She also practices as a trauma surgeon at the Netcare Milpark Hospital Trauma Academic Centre, a Level 1 trauma Unit. She is an ATLS course director, a DSTC national course director and international instructor, an international speaker and a final year medical student examiner and senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a member of various international trauma surgical and critical care committees and societies. Her main interests are in penetrating and blunt trauma management, trauma surgical critical care, surgical training and new technologies for trauma surgery.

Dr Marlice van Dyk

Anaesthetist Intensivist
ECLS Specialist

Dr Marlice van Dyk achieved her M.B. and Ch.B at the University of the Freestate. In 2000 she completed her fellowship at the College of Anaesthetists in the Witwatersrand followed by a fellowship in Intensive Care. More recently, Dr van Dyk obtained her Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound from the University of Melbourne and is now currently proceeding with her Masters in Clinical Ultrasound with the University of Melbourne.

Currently practising as a Specialist Anaesthetist and Intensivist, Dr van Dyk’s interests lie in Critical Care. This passion and determination in her field have culminated in Dr van Dyk spearheading the establishment of the ELSO accredited ECMO Centre at Netcare Unitas Hospital. As the director of the ECMO Centre, Dr van Dyk runs numerous training sessions and continues to strive for excellence in this field. 

Working in Netcare Unitas Hospital, Dr Marlice van Dyk practices as a Specialist Anaesthesiologist as well as Intensivist. Specialising in Critical Care, Dr van Dyk manages patient care in the ICU, High Care as well as following up in the wards.

Prof Veronica Ueckermann

Physician Intensivist
Infectious Diseases Specialist

Prof Ueckermann is a physician, intensivist and infectious diseases specialist. She is the academic and clinical head of infectious diseases at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital. She holds more than 50 peer reviewed publications, has spoken at numerous local and international congresses. Most recently she completed a Harvard scholarship in clinical research. Prof Ueckermann uses her skills and expertize not only in the public sector but also at ther practice at the Zuid Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria as a specialist phycician intensivist and infectious diseases specialist.

David Stanton

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

David Stanton is the former Head of Clinical and Education at Netcare. In this position, he oversaw all clinical matters, including policy, structure, and oversight for a national private EMS system, including road ambulances and response vehicles, helicopters operating in three provinces, and a fixed-wing aeromedical service. He also managed the Netcare Education Faculty of Emergency and Critical Care, with campuses in two provinces, from where the Higher Certificate and Diploma programs in Emergency and Medical Care are offered. David also managed the Consistency of Care framework within the business, which encompasses quality management and improvement.

David is a Faculty member for the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa for BLS, ACLS, and PALS, and has been a past Chairperson for that organization. He is also a Faculty member, and National Co-coordinator for ITLS (SA), as well as a current EXCO member of EMSSA. David has been an author on 12 peer-reviewed publications, and a collaborator on a further 4. He has presented at a wide variety of national and international conferences and is an active CME presenter.

Kaleb Lachenicht

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

Kaleb lachenicht is a passionate medical educator and HEMS paramedic with a decade of experience in emergency medical training and instruction and critical care retrieval. He is excited by the learning process and the translation of medical theory and evidence into practice

Hugo Minnaar

Critical Care Technologist

Hugo Started his career at the young age of 16 years as being one of the youngest registered practitioners at the HPCSA. His interest in the EMS inspired him to chalenge the ILS exam whilst studying to become a Critical Care Technologist and working as a volunteer at the Pretoria Provincial Ambulance service and various private ambulance services. He qualified in 2003 (B.Tech Clin Tech (Crital Care) (SA)) and worked in both government (Steve Biko Academic Hospital / HF Verwoerd) where he quickly went through the ranks and became the acting Deputy Director of Clinical Technology (Critical Care), during this time he started the Hospital’s Resus Team and ALS training centre for staff at the SBAH. He also started working in the private sector and established a very busy private practice in Critical Care, finally he lectures part-time at the Univerity of pretoria and is a 15 year veteran BLS, BLS Faculty, ACLS, PALS, ACLS-EP, ITLS-A and TACMED USA Instructor, he also holds certification in Cardiac Surgical Unit – Advanced Life Support, GCP, ECMO Specialist and Aviation Healthcare Provider. His special interests lies in Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). Hugo presents regular CPD workshops on Difficult Airway management, ventilations, ALS approch to CPR and Fluid resuscitation. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Clinical Ultrasound.

Fiayaz Buys

Critical care & Trauma RN

Faiyaz Buys is a Trauma Specialist and Critical Care Specialist, he completed his post graduate specialities in both of these fields following his undergraduate Diploma in General Nursing Science.
In addition to his wealth of clinical education and experience, Faiyaz has a Baccalaureate Degree in Management and Education obtained from the University of Johannesburg and a certificate in Disaster Medicine obtained from the University of Cape Town. He is currently studying towards his Master of Philosophy Degree in Global Emergency Care. With over 10 years of experience in Trauma and Emergency Medicine, he also previously held the position of Trauma Programme Manager for an accredited Level I Trauma Centre and prior to that managed an accredited Level II Trauma Centre with Paediatric Trauma Centre of Excellence as sub accreditation. He has keen interest in Quality Systems for Trauma Units, Trauma Systems and the advancement of Paediatric Trauma Care.

Natasha Bickerton

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

Tash bickerton is a HEMS paramedic, meducator and masters student with a passion for education and training in emergency medicine spaces. She carries a wealth of experience in the prehospital and critical care retrieval environments as well as ems and medical education.

Xander Loubser

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

Xander Loubser is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (B.Tech: EMC) with 15 years of pre-hospital emergency care experience with Ambu-Link Emergency Medical Services. Xander is a Flight Paramedic for Netcare 911 and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Emergency Medical Care at the Durban University of Technology. Having a keen interest in Mechanical Resuscitation, Xander employs his skills to improve the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

By emphasizing superior service in the pre-hospital setting, Xander has been able to put his National Diploma and Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Care to good use. The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane has acknowledged Xander’s strengths in all of his organizations over the years. Xander may spend a great deal of time at work, but the desire to save lives is what gets him out of bed in the morning.




Dr Johann D Kluge

Head & Neck Surgeon / ENT

Dr Johann Kluge qualified as a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in 2010 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since then, he has worked in private practice at Life Groenkloof Hospital, and recently joined Cintocare, the first green hospital in Africa, specializing in Head and Neck, Vascular and Spinal Surgery. Dr Kluge also worked as a Flight Doctor for International SOS and Emergency Unit at HF Verwoerd Hospital

Although he assists in most forms of ENT surgery, his passion lies in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers. Furthermore, he has completed a fellowship in head and neck surgery through the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies and received a sponsored observership (Shah Foundation) at MD Anderson, Texas.

Dr Johann Kluge remains academically inclined. He is the chairman of the Pretoria Head and Neck Oncology (MDT) and currently serves as the president of the South African Head and Neck Oncology Society.

Lize Beyl

Trauma RN
Trauma Unit Manager - ZAH

Lize Beyl is a Trauma Trained Registered nurse with 13 years nursing experience. She started her Career as a student with Netcare Education and completed her Advanced Diploma in Trauma and Emergency Nursing.  She is currently a Unit Manager at a private hospital and her passion is trauma focused care and improved outcomes. She is a firm believer that continuous communication with patients and family assist in the healing process and overall patient experience.

Dr Johann Horn

Emergency medicine

Johann is a Doctor with a passion for pre-hospital emergency medicine, Johann started as a Basic Ambulance Assistant in 2008 and obtained his MBBCh from Wits University in 2012. His drive for high-quality emergency medicine allowed him to complete the DipPEC course and he is now one of the Chief Clinical Officers for ER Consulting Inc. Johann still works pre-hospital and is the Chief Medical Officer for ROCKET HEMS.

Dr/Adv Santa Marie Venter

Orthopeadic Surgeon & Advocate
Kloof Mediclinic

SantaMari started her career in the SANDF studying medicine. She completed a year of basic military training, and then enrolled at the University of Pretoria. In 2007 she received her MBChB degree. She started her BA Languages degree part-time, which she completed in 2011. The same year, she was appointed as registrar in orthopaedic surgery at Steve Biko hospital. In 2013 she resigned to follow her passion in sport medicine… and traveling! Her passion for martial arts was still very much alive, and she competed in the first ever sanctioned female MMA fight in SA. Thereafter she traveled the world, training in Thailand and competing in the USA!

While pursuing her passion in sport and medicine, she worked as the team doctor for the Blue Bulls and as Emergency Physician at various ED’s in Pretoria. In 2013 she concurrently enrolled for her Masters degree in sports medicine at UP, and LLB degree at UNISA, and completed both in 2017. My love for orthopaedic surgery finally took her to Cape Town in 2017, where she finished her MMED
Orth and FC (Orth) degrees in 2021. In 2022, she was admitted as an advocate of the high court of South-Africa. Currently she still practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu every week, while working as orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Kloof.

Dr Neville Vlok

Emergency Medicine Registrar (UCT)

Dr Neville Vlok is currently a senior registrar in emergency medicine. Prior to this he acted as Chief Medical Officer for HALO EMS whilst performing numerous rotary- and fixed wing missions, as well as being a resident medical officer at one of South Africa’s largest private emergency centers. He successfully obtained the Diploma in Retrieval and Transport Medicine in 2019 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, the first African to do so. Apart from advocating for advanced interventions in the emergency center, he authored the first case reports of eCPR implementation in South Africa after completing training under the auspices of Dr Lionel Lamhaut in Paris, France. He has a keen ongoing interest in contextual appropriate pre-hospital systems of care.

Dr Johan van der Merwe

Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon / Keyhole Surgery & CSU-ALS Faculty

Maryna Venter

Emergency Care Practitioner / Paediatric Critical Care - ER24 CCRS

I started my medical career as a nursing student at Wits, and worked full time in Milpark for a year, before going back to university to study Emergency Medical Care. As much as I enjoyed the adventure of road ops emergency care, my in-hospital background developed a very keen interest in critical care medicine. Critical Care Retrieval provides the perfect mid-way of critical care medicine, in the pre-hospital environment. I have been working full time in CCR since 2013, and am currently responsible for the Critical Care Retrieval Services division of ER24. I have a very keen interest in Neonatal Retrieval and have endeavored, through clinical as well as course-based training, to make that my field of expertise.

Mikayla van Welie

ECP - Paramedic - AIEM

With a love of emergency medicine and critical care, Mikayla has spent many years both on the road and in the air as an Emergency Care Practitioner, fulfilling her goal of providing best practice to every patient. From being operational, she saw the need for best practice medicine to be taught and since, has obtained her Master’s degree in emergency medicine and has become a “Meducator”, specialising in the ability to teach various advanced life support courses and bringing simulation based learning into the teaching space.

Prof Sumaiya Adam

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Fetal Medicine Specialist - UP

Prof Sumaiya Adam is a Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialist in the Department of Obstetrics of Gynaecology at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is committed to improving maternal and fetal outcomes in South Africa. Her research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy – especially screening and management in resource constrained settings, and on medical education.

Rene Ackermann

Trauma RN
Lenmed Trauma Manager

René Ackermann joined the South African Defense Force in 1994 and completed her nursing training in 1997. She resigned from the military in 2006 holding the rank of Major and is currently serving as part of the SANDF Reserves.

In 2006 she was appointed as the Emergency Department Manager at a private hospital for the Life Healthcare Group. She moved to Bokamoso Private Hospital, Botswana in 2010 as Service Line Director: Hospital Services and was Director of Nursing from November 2010 to September 2011.

René joined the Netcare Hospital Group October 2011 as Trauma Programme Manager (first in RSA) and resigned in 2021 as National Quality and Systems Manager (Trauma & Emergency) the clinical lead for the design of an electronic medical records system for Emergency, Trauma and Transplant divisions.

She joined the Lenmed Health Group in 2021 as the Group Trauma, Emergency & Transplant Manager (first for the group).

She is an instructor on several courses – BATLS-BARTS, MIMMS H-MIMMS, TNCC and EMSB.

René serves as an International Faculty Member for the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA – USA) and as the International Liaison to ENA – USA for the TNCC courses in South Africa and Africa. She also serves as the International Member (Africa) on the Global Trauma Improvement Task Force (Society of Trauma Nurses, USA).

René is the current President of the Emergency Nurses Society of South Africa, board member of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa

and a Fellow of the Academy of Nurses of South Africa.

She has been an invited speaker on several international, national and regional congresses as an expert in trauma management (clinical and administrative), injury prevention, performance improvement and several other emergency medicine topics.

She has published peer reviewed articles in medical journals, chapters as part of the TNCC and ENPC manuals and a co-author of several injury prevention booklets.

Yvette Cronje

RN -Critical Care - ZAH

Yvette Cronje is a Critical Care Specialist nurse that Graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing science. In 1999 She started working in a multidisciplinary Critical Care unit and then completed a 3 year Masters Degree Critical Care in 2002 with a research topic on Advanced Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Critical care environment. In 2003 Sr Cronje became a part of 5 Critical care nursing specialists that formed a part of a pilot Pediatric Critical care course in SA. In 2004 she developed an interest in Education and obtained a diploma in nursing education.
She has a total accumilated Critical Care experience of 24 years.
She has a passion for teaching and have been teaching for 15years at different institutions and is
currently teaching all the abbreviated courses in Emergency Medicine and Critical care for different private institutions in SA.

Currently she is in the process in developing a course that covers the Fundamentals in Critical Care for a Nursing agency. She is also a mother of two teenage daughters.

Ilze van Eeden

Trauma & Critical Care RN
Training Unit Manager - ZAH

Ilze van Eeden has been in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years. Many of those was spend in the provincial sector at HF Verwoerd / Pretoria Academic / Steve Biko Academic Hospital’s Emergency Department and ICU’s. When she obtained both post- basic qualifications of ICU and Trauma Specialist Nurse at University of Pretoria (UP), she worked as a crew member for the Pretoria based “Flight for Life Helicopter” service. After several years in clinical practice, she utilized her natural talent and became a nurse Educator. She completed a Masters Degree (Cum Laude) in the Clinical practice, which led to her becoming a lecturer at the University of Pretoria. There she supervised several Masters Students and published several articles. In 2018 she started working in the Training Centre of the Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital (ZAH) and is now the unit manager there where she is collaborating with several other learning institutions to broaden the knowledge of more categories of healthcare workers.

Dr Carin Claassen

Emergency Medicine - CC Training

Dr Carin Claassen qualified in 1991 from TUKS.  She worked prehospital for 13 years, 10 years at the Gauteng Dept of Health and 3 years  at Netcare 911. She also flew on fixed wing and rotor wing air ambulance aircraft servicing national and international medical flights. She worked in private and government ED’s in PTA.

Carin did the first ACLS an PALS courses ever presented in SA with Dr Walter Kloeck 30 years ago.
Our company Claassen and Claassen Training, presents AHA courses for 18 yea1rs now

Dr Asma Salloo

Paediatric Intensivist
ECLS Specialist

Asma Salloo is a paediatric intensivist currently working at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
in Cape Town. She previously worked at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, where she worked in the Paediatric ICU for almost 10 years. She obtained her medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and has completed a
Fellowship in Paediatrics as well as a Certificate in Paediatric Critical Care from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She completed a fellowship in ECMO / ECLS (Extra-Corporeal Life Support) at the
Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
In addition to clinical work, Asma has a keen interest in medical education and is an instructor on the APLS (Advanced Paediatric Life Support) and Paediatric BASIC ICU (Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care) courses. She is also passionate about improving general medical and critical care for all
children. She has a special interest in humanitarian aid, and has been on a number of national and international
relief missions as part of Gift of the Givers medical team, a local NGO involved in disaster relief.

Johann Claassen

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

In 1984 Johann Claassen was part-time employed by the only private ambulance service in SA in those years, De Vries Ambulance Service, as an ambulance driver to earn money to pay his Bussiness enginering studies. In 1993 he resigned as a bussiness engineer and got employed by PTA fire after completing AEA course  parttime. In 1996 he completed the NDip AET at UJ and worked as an  operational Advanced Life Support Paramedic and divisional officer.

In 2003 he was appointed as instructor at the Netcare training college and thereafter  at the Lebone College of Emergency Care.

Johann Started Claassen and Claassen training in 2006 which he now fulltime teach at.

Dr Charl van Loggerenberg

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Experienced emergency medicine specialist with strong background in clinical (emergency units and pre-hospital EMS); academic and teaching; and executive level business management and strategic consulting. Core areas include remote site medicine and management, aviation medicine, digital healthcare systems, telemedicine, corporate and medico-legal consulting and media liaison. Strong healthcare services professional with qualifications including an FCEM – specialist fellowship in emergency medicine; and an MBA from University of the Witwatersrand.
Re-joined Life Healthcare on the SA management committee as General Manager of Emergency Medicine; after a decade of travelling Africa and the world.

Uriel Rosen

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

Uriel Rosen is an operations manager and operational paramedic at Hatzolah Medical Rescue with a focus on critical care, resuscitation, and education. He oversees and coordinates emergency response operations while also providing medical care. Uriel is committed to sharing his knowledge with others and enjoys FOAMed.

Dr Norbert Welcovics

Surgeon Intensivist
ECLS Specialist

Prof Ronel Herselman

Critical Care RN - UP

Ronel Herselman is a dedicated academic with a keen interest in simulation-based education and critical and emergency care. She is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Undergraduate- and Surgical Skills Laboratories at the University of Pretoria, where she has made significant contributions to the field of health sciences education. Ronel’s innovative teaching methods, such as interdisciplinary trauma days, have helped undergraduate students gain valuable hands-on experience and practical knowledge.

Her most recent achievement, the creation of the first SIMUPWars day at the University of Pretoria, is a testament to her commitment to improving health science education. This annual competition challenges students of all training levels to work together as a first-response team in high-pressure emergency scenarios.

Ronel is a well-respected expert in simulation-based education. Her passion for her work and dedication to improving health science education has made her an inspiration to students and colleagues alike.

Aldus Smith

Aldus started his career in EMS in 2008, as BAA while attending the North West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom. He graduated in 2009 with a B.Sc degree in Physiology and Biochemistry. 2010 saw him at UCT obtaining a B.Sc (Med) Hons. degree in Neurophysiology. During 2011 he attended the Netcare SECC and qualified as Ambulance Emergency Assistant. Two years later, Aldus graduated from the NWU with a Master’s degree in Cardiovascular Physiology.

In 2015 Aldus started studying for his B,Pharm degree at the NWU and became a junior lecturer at the same university in 2017.

Since 2017 he has been involved in undergraduate clinical teaching of pharmacists, nursing students and other allied healthcare workers such as biokinetics.

Now, the training centre coordinator of the North West University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Training Centre and senior lecturer, Aldus holds instructor qualifications in BLS, ACLS, ITLS, EMOVA and RuLS. Aldus also holds a qualification in Healthcare Simulation. He is part of the EXCO for the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and ITLS SA Chapter.

His primary drive is education in emergency short courses, with focus on rural- and resource limited settings. Realistic, high fidelity and deliberate practise forms part of the drive 

JP von Benecke

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

JP von Benecke is the Deputy director Communication and Special operation in Gauteng Emergency medical services (GEMS). He started his career in the Public service in 2004 in Metsweding District municipality ,back then public Emergency medical services was managed by Fire departments and subsidized by Gauteng Provincial government .

In 2007 they where absorbed by provincial government as Provincialization of the provincial emergency services started.

In 2013 he was assigned to set up and strengthen the (GEMS) Emergency communication centre to manage the envisaged swing over of emergency medical calls to one central call centre from the 5 local authority call centres.

At that stage they recieve about 740 calls ,mainly Inter-facilty transfers requests per day.

Today GEMS is a fully provincialised service ,their call centre have about 85 agents per shift and recieve avg of 4500 calls per day. They respond to about 65 000 emergency calls per month ,this volume has shown growth month to month over the past 4 years.

Dr Ulrich Carshagen

Emergency Medicine

Ulrich Carshagen: Lead Flight Physician, Air Rescue Group. Principal Clinical Manager: Flight division, ER Consulting Inc.

Ulrich is a flight doctor with a keen interest in retrieval and pre-hospital medicine. With both fixed wing and rotor wing experience, Ulrich strives to provide the highest quality critical care to his patients.

As Lead Flight Physcian, his role includes taking on the responsibility of medical director for all Air Rescue operations in Africa as well as performing medical retrievals as flight doctor. In addition, he also works in the Emergency Department and ICU and is very passionate about point of care ultrasound.

He holds a Dip PEC (CMSA) and Dip RTM (Diploma of Retrieval and Transfer Medicine: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) and is also part of EMSSA’s faculty for emergency point of care ultrasound. Ulrich loves teaching and regularly instructs on a variety of short courses. He is also a member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and functions as an examiner at the yearly Dip RTM exam (RCSEd).

Prof Vidya Lalloo

Emergence Medicine Specialist - UP/SBAH

Prof Lalloo is an emergency medicine specialist working at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria. She qualified as an emergency medicine specialist in 2016, where she is the academic program co-ordinator and head of the ultrasound faculty for EMpret emergency medicine Pretoria. She obtained a diploma in primary emergency care as well as a post graduate diploma in general ultrasound. Prof Lalloo plays an active role in promoting point-of-care ultrasound. She is a member of the EMSSA ultrasound special interest group and the coordinator for the Pretoria POCUS courses and exams. Another hat that she wears is that of examiner and convenor for the college of emergency medicine. She is a member of the FCEM working group who are responsible for revising the
emergency medicine training curriculum for specialists. Prof Lalloo has published a number of research articles and is co-editor in chief of the Primary Emergency Care book. She also writes the toxicology, and specifically the sangoma medicine
chapter in the Wits guide to the management of medical emergencies book, which most of you know as Prof Kloeck’s blue book. The passion for medical education has spurred Prof
Lalloo to co-develop and run numerous short courses. This includes a Venomous Animals Poisonous Plants course and an ECG course for the University of Pretoria, the basic and advanced POCUS courses for EMSSA, and an eFAST course, toxicology course and a short
course in Emergency Medicine for the Foundation for Professional Development. She loves spreading the knowledge by attending and presenting at various conferences and international meetings.

Prof Dries Engelbrecht

Emergency Medicine Specialist - UP/SBAH

.Prof. Andreas Engelbrecht is Adjunct professor and head of emergency medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria since June 2004. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 academic articles published in medical and peer-reviewed medical journals including the SAMJ, CME, SAFPJ and AfJEM. He authored and contributed to chapters in medical textbooks including two editions of the South African Family Practice manual and multiple editions of the Guide to the management of common medical emergencies. He is the editor in chief of the EMpret primary emergency care manual of the University of Pretoria and authored two study guides for the Foundation of Professional development namely “The Pearls and Pitfalls of Emergency Medicine” and “Emergency Toxicology”. Prof. Andreas Engelbrecht has been a member of the council of the College of Emergency Medicine since 2010. He is an examiner, moderator and convener for the fellowship exam in emergency medicine of the college of emergency medicine of South-Africa as well as the diploma in primary emergency care. Professor Andreas Engelbrecht has a special interest in ECG interpretation, clinical pharmacology and emergency toxicology.



Dr Neville Vlok

Emergency Medicine Registrar

Dr Neville Vlok is currently a senior registrar in emergency medicine. Prior to this he acted as Chief Medical Officer for HALO EMS whilst performing numerous rotary- and fixed wing missions, as well as being a resident medical officer at one of South Africa’s largest private emergency centers. He successfully obtained the Diploma in Retrieval and Transport Medicine in 2019 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, the first African to do so. Apart from advocating for advanced interventions in the emergency center, he authored the first case reports of eCPR implementation in South Africa after completing training under the auspices of Dr Lionel Lamhaut in Paris, France. He has a keen ongoing interest in contextual appropriate pre-hospital systems of care.