The Discipline of General Surgery prides itself in its consistent involvement and contribution in the teaching & training of undergraduate and post-graduate students (Specialists & sub-Specialists), since its inception in 1953. As the Discipline, we aim to inspire greatness through surgical service delivery of great quality in KwaZulu-Natal & other part of the Eastern Cape Province. We also strive for an inclusive, transformed and non-discriminatory academic culture of excellence.
Service delivery takes most of the effort of the staff in the Department. This service is provided within the umbrella of the Department of Health. The primary objective is to deliver holistic Healthcare through the whole of the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
In its approach to community engagement the Department is using the principles espoused by The University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Department of Health. Community engagement is in the form of outreach programmes to peripheral areas.
Members of staff in the Department of Surgery also play an active role in the official structures of the University and the Medical School thereby contributing to both policy and strategy formulation.