• Clinical Dermatology

    Clinical Dermatology is vibrant and busy offering both inpatient and outpatient services at Groote Schuur (Link) and Red Cross Hospitals (Link). A private inpatient dermatology service is offered by sessional consultants from our team at the UCT Private Academic Hospital (Link) which is housed within the New Groote Hospital Building. We also provide consultation services to neighbouring Hospitals and primary care practitioners as needed. Nurse-lead dermatology clinics are being established with the most functional site at the Mitchell Plain Community Health Centre. A tele-dermatology patient referral service augments our outreach program www.vulamobile.com

    The Laser Unit: the only academic Laser unit for dermatology in the country - a kind donation from the Oasis Trust.

    Phototherapy and Skin Day Care Unit. On average 60 patients receive phototherapy and/or day care per week with 400 to 500 patient visits a month.


    Consultants and registrars are involved in lectures and tutorials for medical students in 3rd, 4th and 5th years of the MBChB program.

    Together with the Division of Nursing the unit previously ran a short course for registered nurses providing them with the skills necessary to run community clinics. For the first time (2015) the course was offered as a blended 2 month course (2 weeks contact and rest on-line) for both doctors and professional nurses. This innovative one-of-a-kind program aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of primary-care skin disease.

    Postgraduate teaching takes place daily in the outpatient clinics and during inpatient consultations. There number of state funded registrar training posts in the Division of Dermatology is inadequate for the clinical load. We are privileged to train supernumerary registrars without whom we would not be able to meet our clinical service and teaching requirements. We have a united nations of Africa in the 4-year specialist training program with doctors from Chad, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


    Master of Medicine – MMed (FCDerm)

    Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Med)


    Senior Lecturers - Permanent

    Prof Nonhlanhla P Khumalo, MBChB KZN, FCDerm(SA), PhD(UCT)

    Dr Dumi Ngwanya, MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA

    Dr Ranks Lehloenya, MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA

    Dr Carol Hlela, MBChB KZN, FcDerm SA, MMed Derm SA , MSc GHS (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)


    Senior Lecturers – Sessional

    Dr Sue J Jessop, MBChB UCT, FF Derm SA

    Emeritus Prof Gail Todd MBChB UCT,
    PhD, FC Derm SA

    Dr Hanif Omar MBChB, FC Derm SA

    Dr Fatema Ismail MBChB, FC Derm SA

    Dr Sandra Pather MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA

    Dr Riyaadh Roberts, MBChB, FC Path SA

    Dr Thuraya Isaacs MBChB UCT FC Derm SA


    Sr Anthea Ndyenga (Clinical Educator)

    Sr Judy Wallace (Operations Manager)

    Sr  Charltima Minnie (Phototherapy)

    Sr Kashiefa Sayed (Red Cross Hospital)

    Juliet Esterhuizen ( Research)


    Dr Asha Dhana MBChB

    Dr Lauren Knight- MBChB

    Dr Katherine York MBChB

    Dr Zandile Spengane MBChB

    PhD Registrars

    Dr Nicola Gray MBChB

    Dr Eddie Zitha MBChB

    Supernumerary Registrars

    Dr Eugen Hirschfeld MBChB

    Dr Tonderai Nyika- MBChB

    Dr Musonda Machona - MBChB

    Dr Lerinza Van Der Worm- MBChB

    Dr Emad Ashour - MBChB

    Dr Bienvenue Solal Nouboadinan - MBChB

    Admin Staff

    Ms Cecily Heunis (UCT)

    Ms Vanessa Strydom (Groote Schuur Hospital)

  • Advance Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science


    NB: This Cosmetic Formulation Science Diploma is an NQL7 qualification. Thus, it is Postgraduate Program that is managed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

    General information

    The Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science is the first in South Africa and first to be located within a Division of Dermatology in the world. This is a deliberate choice that aims to reduce the divide between scientists who develop and dermatologists who treat the many adverse effects of cosmetic products. The teaching is a careful balance between solid cosmetic science knowledge and hands-on cosmetic industry experience (80% of the time). The Dermatology contribution to the program intends to sensitize students to deleterious health effects that cosmetic products can have on consumers.


    • 1-year full-time program
    • Blended program with a 6-week block in January & 6-week block in June spent on campus at the Hair & Skin Research Lab, Observatory, Cape Town
    • 6-month block at hosting cosmetic companies for practical hands-on experience between UCT blocks
    • Cosmetic companies select students through an interview process during the first UCT block
    • Students will be placed at companies anywhere in the country (subject to availability)
    • Collaboration with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA).


    To produce graduates that are ready and equipped for product formulation in cosmetic manufacturing companies as: product developers, cosmetic formulators, R&D chemists or as entrepreneurs in the cosmetic industry.


    (1) Scientific Principles of Cosmetic Formulations
    (2) Cosmetic Formulation Technology
    (3) Hair and Skin Biology for the Cosmetic Formulator
    (4) Cosmetic: Claims, Regulations and Ethics
    (5) Professional Communication and Project Management for Cosmetic Scientists
    (6) In-service training

    Admission requirements

    To be considered for the programme, students must have obtained:

    •  BSc or equivalent with Chemistry 3
    • or a degree with Biochemistry 3 (students with Biochemistry 3 need to have at least Chemistry 2 to be eligible for admission)
    • or a partially completed/non-degree with Chemistry 2 and relevant work experience Offers in this program are made subject to availability of space.


    All applicants should submit a CV and motivation letter with their application for the diploma.
    National Benchmark Test (NBT): Not required.

    Application process

    For 2025 intake

    All applications must be submitted online
    Applications open 3 April 2024
    Closing date for applications is 31 August 2024

    1. Apply online using the link:
    2. Upload copies of your:
    • National Senior Certificate.
    • University academic record(s), degree certificate(s).
    • Updated CV and a motivation letter explaining how the diploma will advance your career.
    3. If you have trouble uploading your documents, please forward to admissions-ug@uct.ac.za

    4. You can upload additional documents on the student portal: https://studentsonline.uct.ac.za/psp/students/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG&
    5. Apply for residence accommodation using the link: http://housingonline.uct.ac.za

    January – February block
    10 January 2025 – 21 February 2025


    Hair & Skin Research Lab, Room K47 51 Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town

    Application queries

    Queries with online submission: fhs-ug-admiss@uct.ac.za


    Available on the UCT website: www.uct.ac.za

    Financial Assistance

    Scholarships and bursaries:

    Postgraduate Funding office: www.pgfo.uct.ac.za

    The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.

    PDF version of above here

  • Academic Meetings

    Day Time Meeting


    Journal Club





    HSR Lab Teaching and Journal Club

    Histopathology Meeting

    Histopathology Meeting (joint with Tygerberg Hospital 3rd Tuesday/month)



    8:00 am

    Registrar Teaching

    Paediatric Meeting (at Red Cross Children’s Hospital)




    Medicine Grand Rounds

    Medicine clinical case presentations





    Registrar Teaching

    Paediatric case presentations (at Red Cross Children’s Hospital)

    Problem Adult Patient Clinic (last week of the month)



    Case presentations (joint with Tygerberg Hospital 3rd Saturday/month)


  • Hair and Skin Research Laboratory

    The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR) Lab was launched on the 29th May 2015 by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). The HSR Lab, was established with support from the National Skills Fund (NSF) and a funding boost from the Services Sector Education Training Authority (SETA). It is a dedicated hair testing and skin toxicology facility housed on the top floor of the Old Main Building at Groote Schuur Hospital, and is the first of its kind locally and internationally. The idea of establishing the lab was initially to study causes and treatments of hair loss and prevent/reduce side effects from cosmetics that dermatologists treat daily. Later the idea grew bigger with the recognition of an immerging field of using hair as a testing substrate in Medicine. Unlike blood and urine that have a high turnover hair is a medical repository that can for be used to detect for example drug exposure dating back many months previously, depending on hair length.

    The HSR Lab is a national facility for multi-disciplinary collaborations and training of a new cadre of scientist in the new MSc (Med) in Trichology and Cosmetic Science, making UCT the first to offer this unique program. Modern economies require multi-skilled training to increase employment opportunities and entrepreneurship, so graduates (MSc/PhD) trained in this facility will be able to work in diverse fields where hair is increasingly being used for testing including medical sciences, the cosmetic industry and beyond.


    • Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science

    • MSc (Trichology and Cosmetic Science)

    • PhD (Trichology and Cosmetic Science)

    HSR Lab Organizational Structure

    Director: Professor NP Khumalo (MBChB, FCDerm, PhD)

    • Hair Structure, Geometry and Biochemistry (HSGB) Group

    Group leader: Dr Jennifer van Wyk (PhD)

    • Proteomics, Pathology and Molecular Imaging (PPMI) Group

    Group leader: Dr Henry Adeola (PhD)

    • Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) Group

    Group leader: Dr Afolake Arowolo (PhD)

    • HSR Cosmetic Science Group

    Group leader: Ms Ntombenhle Sishi (MSc)

    • Technicians

    Annestacia Marthinus

    Nandipha Mehlala

    • Technologists

    Mivuyo Mvuyisi Mbovane

    Post-Doctoral Fellows

    Dr Pumza Magangane (PhD)

    Dr Maribanyana Lebeko (PhD)

    PhD Students

    Ntombenhle Sishi

    Relebohile Matobole

    Elsabe Cloete

    Claire Van Den Berg

    Luveni Sonka

    MSc Students

    Sian Da Sliva

    Ernest Mabotha

    Temwani Chalwa

    Kutlwano Chabaesele

    Research interests

    • A systematic characterization of human variation to move away from racial (European, Asian, African) to objective (scientific) classification. We collaborate on projects using applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering (with PI as Dr Malebogo Ngoepe) as well as biochemistry, proteomics, genetics and molecular biology to address this basic science knowledge gap.   

    • Causes and treatments of hair loss, with a laboratory focus on identifying potential biomarkers of scarring alopecia.

    • Wound healing, abnormal scarring and keloid disease in collaboration with Professor Ardeshir Bayat.

    • Support research projects for the Division of Dermatology and other academics (mutual agreement)

  • Research Collaborators

    Professor Ardeshir Bayat

    BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCS (Eng, Edin) PhD

    My initial exposure to research was a project on the process of wound healing as a first year medical student at UCL in London. This small study encouraged me to do a one year project in tissue repair as part of an a successful intercalated BSc. Subsequent to this and during my basic surgical training, I worked on a number of clinical projects; however, it was not until completion of basic surgical training that I had the opportunity to continue with basic scientific research. Having completed a one year research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, I subsequently gained an MRC (UK) clinical training fellowship. This award led to a successful PhD in molecular genetics of scar formation at the University of Manchester. I then began my specialist training in Plastic Surgery. Since completion of my PhD, I continued to maintain an active research interest as a lecturer and was successful in achieving an NIHR clinician scientist award in plastic & reconstructive surgery research. Over the past few years, I have supervised numerous students who have successfully completed their PhD research, given oral presentations in national and international meetings (510 to date) as well as published (H index = 50) in peer reviewed scientific literature ( 450 publications) . My group comprises of post docs, experimental officers, postgraduate students (PhD, MD, MSc, MRes), academic foundation doctors and elective medical students. My recent appointment as an honourary professor at UCT at the division of Dermatology is an opportunity to expand my research interest co-supervising student projects, working closely with and directly benefiting a population most affected by keloid scars.


    Dr Malebogo Ngoepe

    DPhil in Engineering Science Oxon

    Dr Malebogo Ngoepe is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Her area of expertise is in biomechanics and she has particular interest in the interface between biomechanics and biochemistry. She loves the work of the Hair and Skin Research Lab because it uses the strength of its diverse, multidisciplinary team to solve everyday problems that affect society. Her focus in this particular context is to develop an improved understanding of the mechanical behaviour of hair under physiological and pathological conditions. There is sufficient evidence that the biochemical character of hair has a large influence on mechanical response. She is interested in using various techniques to better understand this interplay. She co-supervises student projects (since 2016) and is already making novel discoveries on mechanophysical properties of afro-textured hair, the least researched human hair phenotype. She ultimately aims to contribute to the fundamental effort of the HSR team to develop a non-racial, objective system for describing human hair variation that can be the basis for the valid use of hair as a testing substrate in medicine.

    • DPhil in Engineering Science, Fluidics and Biocomplexity Group, Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, United Kingdom Thesis: ‘Computational modelling of thrombotic processes and complex haemodynamics in cerebral aneurysms’
  • Publications

    Hair Research

    1. Adeola HA, Wyk JC, Arowolo A, Ngwanya RM, Mkentane K, Khumalo NP. Emerging Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potentials of Human Hair Proteomics. Clin Appl. 2017 Sep 27.
    2. Ngwanya MR, Gray NA, Gumedze F, Ndyenga A, Khumalo NP. Higher concentrations of dithranol appear to induce hair growth even in severe alopecia areata. Dermatol Ther. 2017 Jul;30(4).
    3. K. Mkentane, J. C. Van Wyk, N. Sishi, F. Gumedze, M. Ngoepe, L. M. Davids, N. P. Khumalo Geometric classification of scalp hair for validdrug testing, 6 more reliable than 8 hair curl groups. PLOS ONE June 1, 2017
    4. Dhana A, Gumedze F, Khumalo NP. Regarding 'Frontal fibrosing alopecia: possible association with leave-on facial skincare products and sunscreens; a questionnaire study'. Br J Dermatol. 2017 Mar;176(3):836-837.
    5. NP Khumalo, G Shaboodien, SMJ Hemmings, JC Moolman-Smook, D Stein. Pathologic grooming (acne excoriee, trichotillomania, and nail biting) in 4 generations of a single-family J Am Acad Derm Case Reports 2016; 2 (1), 51.
    6. JC Van Wyk, K Mkentane, F Gumedze, NP Khumalo. No-lye not better than lye relaxers. J. Cosmet. Sci. 2014; 65: 403-405
    7. Mirmirani P, Khumalo NP. Traction alopecia: how to translate study data for public education--closing the KAP gap? Dermatol Clin. 2014 Apr;32(2):153-61.
    8. Khumalo NP. Beyond "ethnicity" in dermatology. Dermatol Clin. 2014 Apr;32(2)
    9. Mkentane K, Maneli M, Davids ML, Freedom G, Khumalo NP. Relaxers damage hair and increase fragility. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Mar;53(3)
    10. Maneli MH, Smith P, Khumalo NP. Elevated Formaldehyde concentration in "Brazilian Keratin Type" hair straightening products: a Cross Sectional Study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Feb;70(2):276-80
    11. Maneli M, Mkentane K, Khumalo NP. Acquired silky African hair, malnutrition, and chronic diseases. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Mar;53(3):e158-9
    12. Khumalo NP, Mkentane K, Muthukarapan C, Hardie D, Korsman S, Hu N, Mthebe T, Davids LM, Rousseau J. Invisible Bleeding from Clean-Shave Haircuts: Detection with Blood Specific RNA Markers. Dermatology. 2013, 16.
    13. Maneli MH, Mkentane K, Khumalo NP. Lipid distribution and influence on hair structure. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2013 Oct;35(5):523
    14. Khumalo NP, Gantsho N, Gumedze F, Mthebe T. Health risks of the clean-shave chiskop haircut. S Afr Med J. 2013 May 27;103(7):489-90.
    15. Khumalo NP. Folliculitis keloidalis nuchea,bleeding from haircuts, and potential HIV transmission. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;51 Suppl 1:21-3.
    16. Khumalo NP, Gumedze F. The adapted classification of male pattern hair loss improves reliability. Dermatology. 2012;225(2):110-4.
    17. Khumalo NP. The “fringe sign” for public education on traction alopecia. Dermatol Online J. 2012 Sep 15;18(9):16
    18. Beach RA, Wilkinson KA, Gumedze F, Khumalo NP. Sebum Transforming Growth Factor β1 Induced by Hair Products. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Jun 1;148(6):764-6.
    19. Khumalo NP, Gumedze F. Traction: Risk Factor or Co-incidence in Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia? Br J Dermatol. 2012 May 12. [Epub ahead of print]
    20. Beach RA, Wilkinson KA, Gumedze F, Khumalo NP. Baseline sebum IL-1α is higher than expected in afro-textured hair: a risk factor for hair loss? J Cosmet Dermatol. 2012 Mar;11(1):9-16.
    21. Khumalo NP. Hair fashion trends and formaldehyde health risks. S Afr Med J. 2011 Nov 25;101(12):872
    22. Khumalo NP. Prevalence of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. Arch Dermatol. 2011 Dec;147(12):1453-4
    23. Khumalo NP. Hair care practices and scalp/hair disease in African American girls. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011;64(6):1181-2
    24. Khumalo NP, Gumedze F, Lehloenya R. Folliculitis Keloidalis is associated with the risk of bleeding from haircuts. Int J Dermatol. 2011;50(10):1212-6  
    25. Khumalo NP Grooming and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Mar;62(3):507-8.
    26. Khumalo NP, Stone J, Gumedze F, Mc Grath E, Ngwanya MR, De Bekker D. Relaxers damage hair: evidence from amino acid analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2010;62(3):402-8. 
    27. Khumalo NP. On the history of African hair care: more treasures await discovery. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2008;7(3):231.
    28. Khumalo NP, Jessop S, Gumedze F, Ehrlich R. Determinants of marginal traction alopecia in African girls and women. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;59(3):432-8.
    29. Khumalo NP, Jessop S, Gumedze F, Ehrlich R. Marginal Traction Alopecia Severity Score - development and test of reliability. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2007;6(4):262-9
    30. Khumalo NP, Jessop S, Gumedze F, Ehrlich R. Hairdressing and the prevalence of scalp disease in African adults. Br J Dermatol 2007;157(5):981-8
    31. Khumalo NP, Gumedze F. African hair length in a school population: a clue to disease pathogenesis? J Cosmet Dermatol 2007;6(3):144-51.
    32. Khumalo NP, Pillay K, Ngwanya RM. Acute 'relaxer'-associated scarring alopecia: a report of five cases. Br J Dermatol 2007.
    33. Khumalo NP, Jessop S, Gumedze F, Ehrlich R. Hairdressing is associated with scalp disease in African schoolchildren. Br J Dermatol 2007;157(1):106-10.
    34. Khumalo NP. Yes, let's abandon race--it does not accurately correlate with hair form. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;56(4):709-10.
    35. Khumalo N, Ngwanya R. Traction alopecia: 2% topical minoxidil shows promise. Report of two cases. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2007;21(3):433-4.
    36. Khumalo NP. African hair length: the picture is clearer. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006;54(5):886-8.
    37. Khumalo NP, Jessop S, Ehrlich R. Prevalence of cutaneous adverse effects of hairdressing: a systematic review. Arch Dermatol 2006;142(3):377-83.
    38. Khumalo NP. African hair morphology: macrostructure to ultrastructure. Int J Dermatol 2005;44 Suppl 1:10-2.
    39. Khumalo NP, Dawber RP, Ferguson DJ. Apparent fragility of African hair is unrelated to the cystine-rich protein distribution: a cytochemical electron microscopic study. Exp Dermatol 2005;14(4):311-4.
    40. Khumalo NP, Doe PT, Dawber RP, Ferguson DJ. What is normal black African hair? A light and scanning electron-microscopic study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2000;43(5 Pt 1):814-20.
    41. Gray NA, Dhana A, Van Der Vyver L, Van Wyk J, Khumalo NP, Stein DJ. Determinants of hair cortisol concentration in children: A systematic review. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Nov 2; 87:204-214

    Other Dermatology publications

    1. Van den Worm L, Khumalo NP. Skin manifestations are common and associated with a higher prevalence of congenital abnormalities in Zika virus infection. Int J Dermatol. 2017 Jul 24.
    2.  K York,  N C Dlova; C Y Wright, N P Khumalo.  Primary cutaneous malignancies in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa: A retrospective histopathological review SAMJ January 2017, Vol. 107, No. 1
    3.  P E Kellett,4 N Dip Med Tech; R Kassanjee, A Mosam, Kellett N; R Kassanjee, A Mosam, B  Kakande, F Gumedze, C Hlela, NP Khumalo. Focus on the Top Ten Diagnoses Could Reduce Pediatric Dermatology Referrals. Ped dermatol 33 (1), 99-102
    4. Mercier S, Küry S, Salort-Campana E, Magot A, Agbim U, Besnard T, Bodak N, Bou-Hanna C, Bréhéret F, Brunelle P, Caillon F, Chabrol B, Cormier-Daire V, David A, Eymard B, Faivre L, Figarella-Branger D, Fleurence E, Ganapathi M, Gherardi R, Goldenberg A, Hamel A, Igual J, Irvine AD, Israël-Biet D, Kannengiesser C, Laboisse C, Le Caignec C, Mahé JY, Mallet S, MacGowan S, McAleer MA, McLean I, Méni C, Munnich A, Mussini JM, Nagy PL, Odel J, O'Regan GM, Péréon Y, Perrier J, Piard J, Puzenat E, Sampson JB, Smith F, Soufir N, Tanji K, Thauvin C, Ulane C, Watson RM, Khumalo NP, Mayosi BM, Barbarot S, Bézieau S. Expanding the clinical spectrum of hereditary fibrosing poikiloderma with tendon contractures,  myopathy and pulmonary fibrosis due to FAM111B mutations. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2015
    5. Küry S, Mercier S, Shaboodien G, Besnard T, Barbarot S, Khumalo NP, Mayosi BM, Bézieau S.  CUGC for hereditary fibrosing poikiloderma with tendon contractures, myopathy, and pulmonary fibrosis (POIKTMP). Eur J Hum Genet. 2015
    6. Hlela C, Lunjani N, Gumedze F, Kakande B, Khumalo NP. Affordable moisturisers are effective in atopic eczema: A randomised controlled trial.  S Afr Med J. 2015 Sep 14;105(9):780-4.
    7. Maneli MH, Wiesner L, Tinguely C, Davids LM, Spengane Z, Smith P, van Wyk JC, Jardine A, Khumalo NP.  Combinations of potent topical steroids, mercury and hydroquinone are common in internationally manufactured skin-lightening products: a spectroscopic study. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2015
    8. F Gray CL, Levin ME, Zar HJ, Potter PC, Khumalo NP, Volkwyn L, Fenemore B, du Toit G. Food allergy in South African children with atopic dermatitis.F Gray CL, Levin ME, Zar HJ, Potter PC, Khumalo NP, Volkwyn L, Fenemore B, du Toit G. Food allergy in South African children with atopic dermatitis. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2014 Oct;25(6):572-9.
    9. Mercier S, Küry S, Shaboodien G, Houniet DT, Khumalo NP, Bou-Hanna C, Bodak N, Cormier-Daire V, David A, Faivre L, Figarella-Branger D, Gherardi RK, Glen E, Hamel A, Laboisse C, Le Caignec C, Lindenbaum P, Magot A, Munnich A, Mussini JM, Pillay K, Rahman T, Redon R, Salort-Campana E, Santibanez-Koref M, Thauvin C, Barbarot S, Keavney B, Bézieau S, Mayosi BM. Mutations in FAM111B cause hereditary fibrosing poikiloderma with tendon contracture, myopathy, and pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Dec 5;93(6):1100-7
    10. Hlela C, Graham N, Bhigjee AI, Taylor GP, Khumalo NP, Mosam A. Human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1- associated infective dermatitis in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. BMC Dermatol. 2013 Oct 23;13(1):11
    11. Infective dermatitis associated with Human T-Cell Lymphotatropic virus Type 1 in a Child with Bronchiectasis.  Webb KW, Hlela C, Scott C, le Roux DM, Zampoli M, Ayuk A, Hans L, Khumalo N. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jan 23
    12. Kirtschig G, Middleton P, Bennett C, Murrell DF, Wojnarowska F, Khumalo NP. Interventions for bullous pemphigoid. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Oct 6;(10)
    13. Hlela C, Shepperd S, Khumalo NP, Taylor GP. The prevalence of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 in the general population is unknown. AIDS Rev. 2009;11(4):205-14.
    14. Theletsane T, Redfern A, Raynham O, Harris T, Prose NS, Khumalo NP. Life-threatening infantile haemangioma: a dramatic response to propranolol. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2009; 23(12):1465-6
    15. Eisman S, Ngwanya RM, Pillay K, Khumalo NP. Whorled follicular keratosis, scarring alopecia in ichthyosis follicularis atrichia with photophobia syndrome. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2009;23(7):842-3.
    16. Jessop S, Khumalo NP. Pemphigus: a treatment update. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2008;9(3):147-54.
    17. Khumalo NP, Pillay K, Beighton P, Wainwright H, Walker B, Saxe N, Mayosi BM, Bateman ED. Poikiloderma, tendon contracture, and pulmonary fibrosis: a new autosomal dominant syndrome? Br J Dermatol. 2006 Nov;155(5):1057-61
    18. Khumalo NP. Problematic childhood atopic eczema consensus document?
      S Afr Med J. 2006 Feb;96(2):84-6
    19. Khumalo N, Kirtschig G, Middleton P, Hollis S, Wojnarowska F, Murrell D. Interventions for bullous pemphigoid. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Jul 20;(3):CD002292.
    20. Kirtschig G, Khumalo N. Management of Bullous Pemphigoid. Recommendations for Immunoregulatory Treatment. Am J Clin Dermatol 2004; 5 (5): 1175
    21. Wojnarowska F, Kirschig G, Highet AS, Venning VA, Khumalo NP, British Association of Dermatologists. Guidelines for the management of bullous pemphigoid. Br J Dermatol. 2002 Aug;147(2):214-21.
    22. Khumalo NP, Murrell DF, Wojnarowska F, Kirtschig G. A systematic review of treatments for bullous pemphigoid.
      Arch Dermatol. 2002 Mar;138(3):385-9.
    23. Kirtschig G, Murrell D, Wojnarowska F, Khumalo N. Interventions for mucous membrane pemphigoid/cicatricial pemphigoid and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita: a systematic literature review.
      Arch Dermatol. 2002 Mar;138(3):380-4.
    24. Gee BC, Allen J, Khumalo NP, Wojnarowska F. Bullous pemphigoid in pregnancy: contrasting behaviour in two patients.
      Br J Dermatol. 2001 Dec;145(6):994-7.
    25. Wojnarowska F, Kirschig G, Khumalo NP. Treatment of subepidermal immunobullous diseases. Clin Dermatol. 2001 Nov-Dec;19(6):768-77.
    26. Khumalo NP, Booker S, Wojnarowska F. Vulval punch biopsies: are they acceptable to patients and do they alter management? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. J Obstet Gynaecol 2001;21(2):181-183
    27. Khumalo NP, Huson S, Burge SM. Development of lentigenes within nevoid hypopigmentation: A case of cutaneous mosaisism. Br J Dermatol. 2001 Jan;144(1):188-189.
    28. Khumalo NP, Joss DV, Huson S, Burge SM. Hyper- and hypopigmentation with telangiectases: An unusual manifestation of ataxia-telangiectasia. Brit J Dermatol 2001 Feb;144(2):369-71.
    29. Murray S.C, Dawber R, Khumalo N. Congenital malalignment of the left index fingernail: a case report and review. Brit J Dermatol, 2001;144 (4):911-912 
    30. Khumalo N, Wojnarowska F.  How to recognise and treat lichen sclerosus. Prescriber 2000, 5th Oct;11(19):34-38 .
    31. Khumalo NP, Wojnarowska F. Immunoflourescence. Dermatology in Practice 2000;8(2):18.
    32. Khumalo NP, Wojnarowska F.  Lichen sclerosus. Dermatology in Practice; 2000;8(4):10-11.
  • History of Dermatology at UCT


    The Dermatology service was started in 1922 at Somerset Hospital by Dr Hugh Smith, a physician. The first Head of Dermatology was Dr Morees Bosman and in 1930 training for specialization through the University of Cape Town was established (Link to History of Dermatology at UCT). Dermatology has become an independent specialty with its own College within the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. It has grown into a vibrant unit offering multiple tertiary services and outreach opportunities, teaching for undergraduates and post graduates. The unit offers clinical management in diseases such as eczema (atopic and contact), serious drug reactions, occupational health, hair disorders, melanoma, vitiligo, infectious and connective tissue diseases especially as they relate to Southern Africa.

    The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR) Lab was launched on the 29th May 2015 by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). The HSR Lab, was established with support from the National Skills Fund (NSF) and a funding boost from the Services Sector Education Training Authority (SETA). It is a dedicated hair testing and skin toxicology facility housed on the top floor of the Old Main Building (the first human heart transplant is on the ground floor) at Groote Schuur Hospital.
    The pre-launch meeting was followed by formal launch of the HSR Lab.

    Dermatology at UCT in the News 

    • Illegal Ingredients in Skin Lightening Creams




    • Launch: Hair & Skin Research Lab




    • High Concentrations of Formaldehyde in Hair Straightening Products (Brazilian Keratin Treatments)




    • South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Dermatology and Toxicology




  • Contact Details

    Head of Division
    Professor NP Khumalo 

    G23 Dermatology Clinic
    Groote Schuur Hospital
    Observatory, 7925
    South Africa

    HSR Laboratory
    Research Group Leaders

    K51, K Floor
    Old Main Building (Entrance 5)
    Groote Schuur Hospital
    Observatory, 7925
    South Africa

    Tel: +27 (21) 404-3376 
    Fax: +27 (21) 447 8232
    Email: cecily.heunis@uct.ac.za

    Tel: +27 (21) 404-3677 or
    Tel: +27 (21) 404-3790

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