We are proud to announce Professor Thifhelimbilu Emmanuel Luvhengo, Clinical Head of the Department of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, as the first recipient of the SASSiT Swann-Morton Silver Scalpel Award. The award was presented to Professor Luvhengo, at the recent 6th SASSiT Refresher Congress held at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The Silver Scalpel award recognises that consultant demonstrating excellence in leadership, professionalism, communication and commitment to training and development. Candidates are nominated by surgical trainees in any surgical discipline and chosen by the SASSiT Executive Committee.

Professor Luvhengo has a long standing involvement in academic surgery and holds senior positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, and within the College of Surgeons of South Africa. Professor Luvhengo has a long list of accomplishments including: supervision of 16 Master of Medicine Research projects, (ii) service on the council reviewing the curriculum for surgical training in South Africa, (iii) service as an examiner/moderator for intermediate and finals examinations in orthopaedics, surgery, urology and the Higher Diploma for surgery, and (iv) service as a member of the Senate and Council of the College of Surgeons.

In addition to these fetes, Professor Luvhengo is a dedicated teacher, committed to the advancement of surgical training in South Africa. We the surgical trainees, are proud to award Professor Luvhengo this honour, and strive to live by his example.

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