Dr Nqoba Tsabedze has been appointed as Academic Head of the Division of Cardiology.
Dr Tsabedze assumes the role from his previous position as Clinician Scientist and Specialist Cardiologist at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Wits. He has also been recently appointed at the Clinical Head of Cardiology at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with effect from 1st October 2017.
The Division of Cardiology at Wits runs one of the largest cardiac clinical services in the country as well as the largest clinical training platform for cardiology fellowships in the country. It services the three major academic hospitals as well as all the peripheral hospitals surrounding the academic hospitals and provides tertiary cardiac services to patients from the North West Province.
Tsabedze' s passion for addressing the overwhelming burden of cardiovascular disease in South Africa and Africa is well known via his innovative research into heart failure and his leadership roles with the Heart Failure Society of South Africa, and the SA Heart Association.
His plan as HOD is to continue the large scale service commitment encouraging collaboration between the various teaching hospitals as well as introducing new activities to make more of an impact in the area of heart failure. He intends standardising cardiology bedside teaching at both undergrad and registrar level, encouraging consultants to leverage the benefits of research and protecting research time to become more data driven, re-invigorating lost areas of practice like electrophysiology and ensuring the division plays an active role in public education.