About Us

More About General Surgery

The Department is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. It also participates in the teaching of allied Disciplines such as Theatre Nurses. There are two main teaching platforms for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; one in Durban and the other in Pietermaritzburg. It offers general and qualifications in Surgery and teaches postgraduate students for Specialist degrees which are assessed y the College of Surgeons of South Africa. Furthermore it offers training for “Fellows” undergoing training in the subspecialties

Research is one of the important areas of prominence for the Department. The Department regards itself as the “Cutting Edge of Medicine” in the sense that it is an academic home for critical thought, academic development and research enterprise. One of the objectives is to advance African Scholarship through locally relevant and community directed research.                                                 

Serminars in Surgery

Date: 9 june 2017
Venue: VCI
Time: 07:15

Presenter & Topics

1. Dr Gxobole – Oesophageal Perforation
2. Dr Hassamal – Stab Heart
3.Dr Rugnath – Cholecystitis Issues
4. Dr Naicker – Aortic Hiatal


18 August 2017
Venue: VCI
Time: 07:15

Presenters & Topcs

1. Dr Ntola  – Small bowel ischaemia
2. Dr Chiliza – Retroperitoneal sarcoma
3.Dr Ramasawmy – Thyroid lymphoma

Date: 10 June 2017 Topic: Surgery for Hypertension Venue: VC1, Time 07:45 Presenters Drs Shersingh, Jafta and Ramasawmy Moderator: Mr MZ Sheik  
Date: 19th August 2017 Topic: PERITONITIS AND INTRA-ABDOMINAL SEPSIS Venue: VC1, Time 07:45 Presenters Drs R Hassamal, VC Ntola, MFF Elfirgani Moderator : Dr SP Maharaj


To be a leading Academic Surgical Department in South Africa and beyond.


A department that promotes academic excellence, innovation in research and is responsive to societal needs.

The vision and mission of the Department of Surgery (the Department) is in line with the vision and mission of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The ethos of the Department of Surgery is integration of teaching, learning service delivery and community engagement and staff development.

The areas of priority are health service delivery and the development of skills for the whole Province of Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The ethos is also to enhance a culture of interdisciplinary research and collaboration within the faculty.

Core Goals and Core Values

The Strategic goals for the Department, which are also in line with those of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, are:

  • High standards of clinical service
  • Equitable staff & student representation
  • High standards of teaching and learning
  • Department  of choice for postgraduate students and academics
  • High standards of Research
  • Responsive community engagement
  • Efficient and effective governance structure