Coveted medical award for Bay pulmonologist

2017-11-29 06:01
Pulmonologist Dr Luke Krige (left) received the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award in Port Elizabeth last week. Pictured with him are (left to right) Netcare’s coastal regional director, Craig Murphy, Krige’s wife and practice manager, Maureen Krige, the general manager of Netcare Greenacres Hospital, André Bothma, and medical director at Netcare, Dr Anchen Laubscher.                                                  Photo:SUPPLIED

Pulmonologist Dr Luke Krige (left) received the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award in Port Elizabeth last week. Pictured with him are (left to right) Netcare’s coastal regional director, Craig Murphy, Krige’s wife and practice manager, Maureen Krige, the general manager of Netcare Greenacres Hospital, André Bothma, and medical director at Netcare, Dr Anchen Laubscher. Photo:SUPPLIED

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LOCAL pulmonologist, Dr Luke Krige, received the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award with gold medal in recognition of his contribution to the medical profession last week.

The regional director of Netcare’s coastal region, Craig Murphy, said that Krige was deeply respected and had made his mark both in the academia and in his dedication to caring for his patients.

“He truly lives his vocation, daily demonstrating an indefatigable work ethic and genuine care and concern for his patients and their families.”

Founded in 2011, the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award, an initiative of Netcare in association with the Christiaan Barnard Foundation, pays tribute to doctors who practice at healthcare facilities within the Netcare Group and who have demonstrated leadership in their specific fields while contributing to the advancement of the medical profession.

“This is an unexpected honour, and I am deeply touched that my work is being acknowledged in this way,” Krige, who practises at Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth, commented after receiving the award.

The general manager of Netcare Greenacres Hospital, André Bothma, said Krige’s association with the hospital dated back to the facility’s inception in 1985.

Prior to this, Krige did his internship at Baragwanath Hospital, as it was then known, in 1975 and his senior internship in the intensive care unit of the then JG Strydom Hospital in 1977.

He gained experience as registrar at Baragwanath Hospital from 1978 to 1979, and qualified as a physician in 1979. In 1980, he served as senior registrar at the same hospital,” Bothma states.

“His distinguished career has benefitted patients in both the public and private sectors, and from 1981 to 1983 he headed up the respiratory unit at Baragwanath Hospital, and then served as a consultant for the then Johannesburg General Hospital respiratory unit in 1983,” Bothma says.

In 1992, Krige earned his specialisation as a pulmonologist and over the years he has contributed extensively to national bodies and professional associations including the South African Allergy Society, the SA Pulmonology Society, the pulmonology division of the SA College of Medicine and the National Asthma Education Campaign Committee.

“He was a part-time senior consultant at the Provincial Hospital Port Elizabeth from 1984 to 1994, and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians since 2014. In addition, Krige served as chairman of the Netcare Greenacres Hospital physicians’ advisory committee from 2009 to 2012 and as chairman of the hospital’s antibiotic stewardship committee since 2015,” Bothma said.

In January 2003, Krige extended the range of services available at Netcare Greenacres Hospital with the establishment of a sleep laboratory.

He was also instrumental in introducing a lung function laboratory and a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) at the hospital.

He is also a senior member of the team responsible for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) care at the hospital.

Krige is passionate about sharing his skills and insights, holding regular presentations for general practitioners on subjects such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung disorders.

He has contributed to a number of journals on topics such as asthma, and an assessment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients for air travel.

He has also presented research findings from the sleep laboratory at the annual Thoracic Society congress.

Krige acknowledged the team who assisted him, saying that their contributions had been invaluable to his work.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank my beloved wife, Maureen, for being an outstanding practice manager.

“My thanks also to Judy de Villiers, our administrator and lung function technician who has been working with me for more than 33 years, and our receptionist Leandri Cloete. Thanks also to sleep lab technician, Ina Byrne, who has been an asset for 20 years, and echocardiographer, Deirdre Steyn, who has ably assisted me for a quarter of a century,” Krige concluded.

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