SASSIT Committee

Meet the team
Mohamed Bhamjee

My names Mohammed Bhamjee, I am currently serving on the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand. I would describe myself as a dynamic multidimensional surgeon in training, with tireless work ethic. I hold a special interest in surgical education, and its duality and balance with reference to clinical and theoretical acumen. Through my participation with SASSIT I hope to inspire and engineer progressive and forward thinking surgeons from training institutes across Southern Africa with the hope of providing better and more equitable surgical care to all.

David Govender
Executive Member 

Currently doing community service in general surgery at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. I am passionate about serving people. I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty in helping the next generation of surgeons realise their surgical goals. In my spare time I enjoy playing the sitar/ piano and taking spontaneous trips.

Darsha Kistan
Executive Member 

I am a General Surgery Registrar at the University of Witwatersrand. I am a lifelong learner with a passion for general surgery, research and community upliftment. When I’m not in theatre, I participate in local outreach programs and engage in research projects. Platforms Like SASSIT are important to further surgical knowledge and academically prepare future surgeons..

Marguerite Barnard

Dr Marguerite Barnard is a general surgery registrar at the University of Pretoria, currently leading the research portfolio at SASSiT. She is the recipient of the SAGES/Abbott Scholarship for her research in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and has more recently published an article in the SAJS on behalf of SASSiT. She has a passion for general surgery and optimising patient care. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, hiking and finding adventure spots in the city.

Liesl Stassen
Executive Member 

I am a general surgery registrar at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Hoping to be part of a generation of doctors who support each other’s growth, I am passionate about teaching and mentorship. As a vibrant and energetic young doctor, I continue to serve under-resourced communities through patient-centred healthcare and education. If not at work, I enjoy spending time with my dogs and family, and cultivating succulents in my garden.


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