Lalloo to head medical school

2011-01-27 00:00

LEADING pulmonologist, medical scientist and expert in HIV medicine, Professor Umesh Lalloo, has been appointed dean of the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Lalloo, who is also the chief specialist at the medical school, succeeds Professor Willem Sturm as head of the prestigious faculty.

Lalloo entered medical school as a student in the MBChB programme in 1979. In 1993, he graduated with an MD.

He has received honorary degrees from the American College of Chest Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians in the UK.

In 1986, Lalloo was appointed specialist lecturer in the department of medicine at the former University of Natal and King Edward VIII Hospital. In 1989, he was appointed head of the respiratory unit at the medical school.

From 1993 to 1995, he was a visiting clinical scientist at the Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Institute at the University of London.

From 1997 to 2003, he served as professor and chief specialist and headed both the department of medicine and the respiratory unit at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.

He serves on the editorial board of the prestigious international journal Clinical Infectious Diseases and is section editor for the International Journal of TB and Lung Diseases.

He has been invited to deliver lectures at several international congresses such as the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians and the Indian Chest Society.

Lalloo is recognised both nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of respiratory and HIV medicine for his role in the training of health care workers and the general public in HIV and TB management over many years.

He was appointed to the board of directors of the Medical Research Council of South Africa. He is currently the international regent of the American College of Chest Physicians and was re-elected for a second three-year term in 2010.

He also served as president of the SA Thoracic Society for two terms and is the chairperson of the credentials committee of the SA Thoracic Society. He is also vice-president of the Society of Pulmonologists of the Indian Ocean Islands and was the founding co-president of the Pan African Thoracic Society.

He has received many national and international awards over the years, which has included being elected the Arthur Landau Lecturer of the College of Physicians of South Africa in 2007.

— Witness Reporter.

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