Teaching and training | Research

Clinical activities

The division has the following activities:

Outpatient clinics

Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) dermatology services, 8:30 - 13:00

General dermatology clinic, 8:30 - 13:00.

Keratinisation disorders

  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Vascular birth marks
  • Atopic Eczema  - 

Special clinics on a rotating basis, 8:30 - 13:00

  • Keratinisation disorders
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Vascular birth marks

General dermatology clinic, 8:30 - 13:00

Ward consults service (for RXH)

On general clinic days only (Tuesdays and Thursdays) mobile in-hospital patients can be seen at the clinic for a dermatology assessment if sent before 10 am. On other days patients can be referred from the rest of the hospital only by doctor-to-doctor arrangement.  GSH dermatology registrar will be available at RXH on a rotational basis. If dermatology service allocated to RXH should be consulted.

In case of emergency please contact the Groote Schuur Hospital Dermatology Registrar-on-call.

Outreach (Clinical and educational)
Field trips

Clinics are visited in the greater Western Cape Province on a rotational basis, the visits are shared among all consultants (including those based at Groote Schuur Hospital) – venues: Mitchell's Plain. Riversonderend, Hermanus, Bredasdorp, Swellendam, Caledon and Villiersdorp.

Weekly Academic Meetings

Day Time Description Venue
Monday 07:30 Dermatology Journal Club GSH
Wednesday 08:30 Department Clinical Meeting D3
Friday 08:00 Dermatology Academic morning and Ward Round GSH
  12:00 Paediatric Case presentations D3

Teaching and training

Teaching occurs during University term

5th-year medical students
•    Small group teaching during general clinics (Tuesday and Thursdays) for 3 weeks per month
•    Large group lecture 7th floor ICH building 1 lecture every 6 weeks.

6th-year medical students
•    1 tutorial to whole medical rotation – Ward G23 Groote Schuur (Friday morning)


Student Supervision, Research Projects and Collaborations

Dr. Hlela is involved in PhD student supervision, where she is responsible for supervising a number of PhD students around South Africa. The students are actively involved in her Academic Projects and she is currently supervising four students.

Whilst a supervisor she also has a few research projects she is currently conducting, where she collaborates with professionals nationally and around the world:

Project Name Student Involvement Collaborations


Formulation of a National Multicentre  Registry  of Infective Dermatitis Associated with HTLV-1 (IDH)  Wisdom Basera South African Dermatology Society of South Africa National Collaboration
Mechanisms of Eczema and Allergy Development in ama-Xhosa children in SA Nonhlanhla Lunjani Department of Allergy & Professor Mike Levin National Collaboration
The impact of demographic, environmental, nutritional and infectious influences on the expression of allergy and atopy within the Drakenstein Child Lung Health study.    Professor Heather Zar National Collaboration
Human T-Lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) integration, HTLV-1-associated infective dermatitis (IDH) and risk of Adult T cell leukaemia/lymphoma (ATLL) 
 Nare Rakgole 
Professor Charles Bangham International Collaboration
Analysis of HTLV-1 integration sites (IS), proviral load and mutations in pX ORF-I and ORF-II and infective dermatitis associated with HTLV-1 (IDH) development   Felix Dube Filipe Ferreira de Almeida Rego International Collaboration
A multicentre study evaluating the efficacy of combining topical  antibiotic/steroid/moisturizer therapy compared to standard of care in the treatment of severe atopic dermatitis,a randomized  clinical trial. Dr Noluvuyo Qikani Dr Aron
Dr Avumile Mankahla
National Collaboration
Epidemiology of HTLV-1  infection in South Africa, the forgotten epidemic.  

Dr Diane Hardie
Dr Ashar Dhana
Dr Pravi Moodley
Prof Ahmed Bhigjee

National Collaboration