Teaching | Research | Combined Clinics | Staff | Registrars


The Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillo-facial Surgery combines an academic service with university teaching, clinical training and research at both Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospitals.

The Division is comprehensively involved in all areas of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery including Cosmetic Surgery and Maxillofacial Trauma, the latter being a shared service with the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, based at the University of the Western Cape. Orthoplastic surgery on spinal patients are dealt with at Eerste River Hospital via the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. Specialist tertiary services are provided to patients of the Western and Southern Cape but we have a wide referral base sometimes extending beyond the South African border. 



Teaching is provided at an undergraduate level to medical students and many elective students from both local and international universities, Professions Allied to Medicine (PAM), and to postgraduates in the form of specialist training – including supernumerary registrars from other African and developing nations.

The Division enjoys a strong partnership with colleagues in private practice. These sessional surgeons provide valuable input to the Division both in teaching and in clinical service. 



The Division is actively involved in all aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery research, including paediatric Plastic Surgery. The Division has published many peer reviewed articles and enjoys teaching and research collaboration with the Universities of Amsterdam, Oslo, UCLA and Bristol, currently. 


Combined Clinics

The Division is involved in the following combined multidisciplinary clinics:

  • Breast Cancer           

  • Head & Neck Cancer 

  • Cleft Lip & Palate  

  • Craniofacial  

  • Melanoma  

  • Non- Melanoma Skin Cancer 

  • Gender  

  • Adult Hands  

  • Congenital Hands 

  • Vascular Anomalies 



Head of Division:

Professor Saleigh Adams

David Davies Chair and Head 

President: CMSA Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery   


Email: saleigh.adams@uct.ac.za  

Tel: 021- 406 6996 /  404 2084 

Full-Time Consultants: Prof S Adams
  Dr G Van Niekerk
Part-Time Consultants: Emeritus Prof DA Hudson 
  Adj. Prof R Hendricks 
  Adj. Prof  JE Van Zyl 
  Dr C Pienaar 
  Dr A Landau 
  Dr M Van Der Velde 



  • 5 substantive 
  • Max. 4 supernumerary