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Speakers – SORSA-RSSA Imaging Conference


Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Program Director of Diagnostic Radiology 

Residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida, USA. She is the Chair of Radiology and Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, FL. She also serves as Clinical Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL

Dr.Bancroft has authored over 120 papers, 32 book chapters, and  edited 2 books.  She is the Chief Editor of Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology, co-chair of the Musculoskeletal division of RadioGraphics, Program Committee member for the International Skeletal Society, President Elect for the Society of Skeletal Radiology, Chair of the RSNA/ECR Sports Medicine Course for the next two years, Committee member for the Core Examination of the American Board of Radiology,  CME Committee member for the American Roentgen Ray Society, Fellow of the American College of Radiology, and Past President of the Florida Radiological Society.

Diagnostic & Musculoskeletal Radiologist • University of California • San Diego

Dr. Christine Chung is a board-certified Diagnostic and Musculoskeletal Radiologist with over 18 years of clinical experience and the director of the MSK MRI research lab within the University of California, San Diego. She has completed extensive work in research involving musculoskeletal tissue characterization using MRI, and application of the findings to clinical settings. The overall goal of her research is to utilize novel and quantitative MR approaches to diagnose and understand diseases and pathology of musculoskeletal tissues, such as cartilage, disc, meniscus, tendons, ligaments, bone, and nerves. As PI or co-Investigator on several VA, university, and NIH-funded projects, Dr. Chung has laid the groundwork for novel Ultrashort Time-to-Echo imaging of musculoskeletal tissues, applying her expertise in human anatomy and clinical MRI with a team of physicists and bioengineers under her direction. Together, Dr. Chung and the MSK MRI lab has completed foundational studies that enable quantitative and objective assessment of cartilage-bone interfaces of joints in the musculoskeletal system, namely, the knee and temporomandibular joint.

Her success as a physician scientist has been recognized by the international community. She was appointed as the program chair of the ISMRM annual meeting program committee, a fellow of the ISMRM, and the program chair for the musculoskeletal scientific program.

Dr. Chung is also recognized as an international expert in MSK education. She has served as the program chair for the prestigious international skeletal society. She has been the recipient of many teaching awards from all levels of trainees.

Electrical Engineer • South Africa

Clive Daniell is an electrical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the medical imaging field. He started his career with Siemens Medical where he trained as a CT, MRI and X-ray technician. In 1996 Clive shifted his focus to PACS, RIS and Information Management systems. He was responsible for the implementation of the first digital department in South Africa at Little Company of Mary hospital in Pretoria. Since then Clive has worked continuously in the PACS, RIS industry being involved in the design, implementation, project management and training of many PACS, RIS and Teleradiology projects in Southern Africa. In 2006 Clive started his own consulting company to offer an independent view on PACS and RIS in Africa. Clive has also been involved in many training initiatives, including organising the 1st and 2nd African PACS, RIS Edu-conference’s held in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Clive is the founder of In2pacs and the In2pacs Academy.

Clinical Radiologist • Stanford University • Department of Radiology

Garry E. Gold, M.D., is a clinical radiologist and an active investigator specializing in patient-oriented research. Following completion of his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988, Dr. Gold earned his medical degree in 1992 from the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1993, he began the Stanford Department of Radiology Residency Program, during which he spent two years serving as an NCI Cancer Imaging Fellow from 1995-1997 under the supervision of Dr. Albert Macovski. After board certification in Radiology, Dr. Gold became an Osteoradiology Fellow at the University of California in San Diego under Dr. Donald Resnick from 1998-1999. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in Stanford’s Department of Radiology in January 2000. In 2006, Dr. Gold became an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Radiology. In 2012, Dr. Gold was promoted to Professor of Radiology and by courtesy Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery. He was also appointed as the Associate Chair for Research in Radiology at Stanford.

Dr. Gold has earned an international reputation as a clinical radiologist and patient-oriented researcher specializing in osteoarthritis and translational MRI development. His unique background in electrical engineering and radiology has resulted in over 175 peer-reviewed articles and eight successful patent applications. He is currently President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and President-Elect of the Society for Computer Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT/MR). In recognition of his widely respected research and mentoring, he has won multiple honors, including the SCBT/MR Lauterbur Award multiple times. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the ISMRM and Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator. In 2013 he was named Faculty of the Year for Stanford Radiology. In 2016 Dr. Gold was named as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research & Education Institute (ECUREI) • Mengo Hospital

Prof. Michael Kawooya is a radiologist. He holds a PhD in Health Sciences Research, {Makerere University} and an honorary Fellowship of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (FAIUM). He attained full Professorship in Radiology at Makerere University. He is a founder member and current Director of Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute ( ECUREI) located in Kampala City, Uganda and affiliated to Thomas Jefferson Research and Education Institute in Philadelphia USA. He is also the Director of the Kampala World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) Centre of Excellence. He has authored over 45 papers, including publications in the British Journal of Radiology, the Japanese Journal of Radiology, the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, and numerous journals throughout Africa. Michael has Co-authored chapters in books such as Radiological Safety and Quality: Paradigms in Leadership and Innovation (Springer Verlag) and Mason’s Tropical Diseases. Michael is also founder member for Uganda Society for Advancement of Radiology and Imaging (USOFARI) and Pan African Congress of Radiology and Imaging (PACORI) and African Society of Radiology (ASR).

He is the Patron for PACORI. He is the Chairman of AFROSAFE, a recently launched continental campaign for radiation safety.  He has participated in writing and developing several WHO manuals including the Ultrasound manual, the ICRQS-ISR Referral guideline for imaging (developed together with WHO), and a tool for  Radiation Risk-Benefit Dialogue  in Pediatric Imaging.   He is currently engaged in the piloting clinical imaging guidelines in Uganda.

Professor in the Department of Medicine & Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law • Department of Medicine • Faculty of Health Sciences • Stellenbosch University.

In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. Keymanthri is a family physician and a bioethicist. In 2013 she was rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as an established researcher based on her numerous national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and her involvement in international organisations –  the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. She has worked as principal investigator on clinical trials since 1999, and served on the University Research Ethics Committee. The Centre has been designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the World Health Organisation, one of seven in the world and the first on the African continent. The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Since 2011, Keymanthri has co-hosted an NIH Fogarty program to develop capacity in Health Research Ethics in Africa in collaboration with the Bioethics Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. The program has graduated 40 postgraduate scholars from 10 African countries over the past 4 years. In 2013 she was awarded a second NIH grant to examine the ethical and social issues associated with HIV Cure research. In 2015 the Centre was awarded its third NIH grant to explore ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic biobanking. Keymanthri is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is currently Chair of the MRC REC. In 2017 she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Clinical and Research Ethics – the first NIH funded program of its kind in Africa. She has recently been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Director • Musculoskeletal Radiology • Massachusetts General Hospital

William E. Palmer, M.D.has been Director of Musculoskeletal Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1999. He oversees a staff of 10 MSK radiologists and 6 fellows. He earned his M.D. from Yale University in 1984, and obtained board certifications in both Internal Medicine (1987, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) as well as Radiology (1991, MGH). He completed fellowship training in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at MGH, joined the MGH Radiology staff in 1991, and became Director of MRI in 1995. He is recognized for expertise in sports imaging, arthritis and image-guided intervention. He established a pain management program in spinal injections at MGH. Currently, he is President of the International Skeletal Society. He serves on the Editorial Board of Skeletal Radiology. He has received the Top Doctors award from Boston Magazine for 8 consecutive years. He is a designated team physician in the Red Sox baseball organization, and radiologist consultant to the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins.

Head of the Department • Diagnostics & Radiology – Faculty of Dentistry • University of Cape Town

Prof. M.E. Parker is the Head of the Department of Diagnostics and Radiology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape. He was the Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning and Student affairs  from 1997 to 2016. He is one of the first graduates from UWC. He received his Masters Degree in Dental Radiology from Kings College, University of London.  He is author to over 40 publications and 3 chapters in textbooks. Prof. Parker is a well known speaker at South African and International meetings He has delivered over 60 invited lectures both locally and internationally. Prof. Parker serves on the editorial boards of two international dental journals.

Prof. Parker is the  Past President of the South African Division of the International Association of Dental Research(IADR) and Secretary General  of the International Association of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. He is a member of the expert panel of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) on Radiation Protection in Dental uses of Ionosing Radiation.

Founder & Director • Gift of the Givers – Humanitarian Organisation

Imtiaz Ismail Sooliman was born on 7 March 1962 in Potchefstroom in the North-West.  He matriculated at Sastri College in Durban in 1978 and went on to qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Natal Medical School in 1984.  After that he commenced private practice in Pietermaritzburg in 1986.  He then decided to terminate his practice in June 1994 to concentrate fully on Gift of the Givers Foundation (GOTG) which he founded on 6 August 1992. 

He then developed GOTG into one of the world’s most respectable humanitarian organisations.  It is the largest disaster response agency of African origin on the African continent and implements 21 different categories of projects. In its 24 year history has delivered 1.8 billion Rand of aid to millions of people in 42 countries, including South Africa.

Director • Medical Physics • Tygerberg Children’s Hospital

Christoph Trauernicht was appointed Director: Medical Physics at Tygerberg Hospital in 2017. Previously he worked as a medical physicist at Groote Schuur Hospital and iThemba LABS. He is the current chairperson of the South African Radiation Protection Society, as well as the vice-president of the South African Association of Physicists in Medicine and Biology. He serves on the Education and Training Committee of the International Organization of Medical Physics. He is the project counterpart for an IAEA regional project on safety in medical imaging. Chris has published six papers and wrote two book chapters.

Senior Tutor in Dental Radiography, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College, University of London

Mr Mark Viner •FCR, MSc, HDCR, DipHSM, DipFMS, DipFHID, MCFS, CertRP

Mark has over 35 years’ experience as a radiographer, radiology manager and NHS senior manager in London Teaching Hospitals. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in radiography education, as a visiting lecturer at a number of UK universities and presenting at national and international conferences. He took up the position of Senior Tutor in Radiography in 2014 and teaches on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in dentistry. He also lectures in forensic radiography at Cranfield University, Shrivenham.

He has a specific interest in dental & forensic imaging and forensic human identification and has authored a number of papers and book chapters on the subject. He is module lead for Dental and Maxillo Facial Radiography of the  NHS E-learning for health on-line learning programme and has recently co-authored a series of articles for Dental Practice Magazine. He is co-editor of the second edition of Brogdon’s Forensic Radiography and is a founder board member of both the International Association of Forensic Radiographers and The International Society of Forensic Radiology & Imaging. He is also a Fitness to Practice Panel member for the UK Health Care Professions Council.

He has been awarded the Fellowship of the College of Radiographers, The Gold Medal of the Society & College of Radiographers and a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Refresher Course in Adult Fractures

Diagnostic & Musculoskeletal Radiologist • University of British Columbia • Vancouver

Completed Bachelor of medicine and Surgery at Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in 2008.
Radiology Registrar at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine 2012-2015.
Served as a executive member of the South African Registrar Association 2014-2015.
Graduated as a Specialist radiologist from College of a Medicine of South Africa in 2015.
Completed a Masters in Medicine degree at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine(UKZN) in 2015.
Completed a fellowship in Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,Canada in 2017.

Dr Ganie is completing his Msk fellowship in Vancouver and will be returning to work at Lakesmith and partners in Durban later in the year

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist |  Managing Partner & Director of Drs. Mdunge Mnguni Radiologists & Partners

Dr. Mnguni is a qualified Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist and Managing Partner and Director of Drs. Mdunge Mnguni Radiologists & Partners with various practices in South Africa. She completed her medical and post graduate training at the University of Cape Town. Furthermore she studied Business at University of Stellenbosch Business School. Her special interests in Radiology include MRI and Muskuloskeletal Imaging. She is a regular speaker in Refresher courses specifically in MSK imaging. Dr. Mnguni is also involved in the training and mentoring of undergraduate medical doctors, radiographers and radiologists and is actively involved in Registrar training, trains radiographers in special radiology imaging, in both the public and private sector. Her hobbies include Golf and Travelling. She is married to Khutso, they have two children. Community Projects such as Epilepsy SA and providing assistance to underprivileged students are close to her heart

Dr Vishnu Ramoorthy (MBBCh (Wits); FCRad(Diag)SA; MMED (UKZN)), is a specialist diagnostic radiologist currently employed at Lake Smit and Partners in Durban. Special interests include MSK and I am currently pursuing a subspecialty diploma in Musculoskeletal Radiology through the European school of Radiology.

Radiologist • University of Stellenbosch • South Africa

MBChB (Cum Laude) (Stell) MMed Rad D (Stell) FC Rad (SA)

I qualified as a radiologist from the University of Stellenbosch in 2012.  I joined Winelands Radiology in September 2012, where I currently work as a diagnostic radiologist with a special interest in musculoskeletal imaging.  My hobbies include cycling, running and triathlon.

MSK / SAMSIG Local Speakers

Director of Cape Radiology • Constantiaberg Medicinic • South Africa

Dr Andrew van den Heever is a radiologist who has been in full time private practice in Cape Town since 2000. His special interest is musculoskeletal radiology and he is a founding member of the South African Musculoskeletal Imaging group. He is actively involved with SAMSIG, SASMA and local orthopaedic groups, and has been an invited lecturer at numerous congresses. He is involved in teaching registrars at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals , and is a part time lecturer for the School of Radiography at CPUT. His interests outside of radiology include cycling, triathlon and surfing.

Dr Jean-Claude  Koenig has been in private practice with Dr Wedderburn-Maxwell and Partners in Durban since 2007. Prior to this he has practised as a sports medicine physician in private practice for 10 years.

His sub-specialty interest is musculoskeletal imaging.

He is actively involved with SAMSIG, SASMA, local sports interest groups, and has been an invited lecturer at numerous congresses including the last 4 Biennial SASMA conferences as a radiologist; prior to that as a sports physician. He is a member of the ESSR (European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology) qualifying for the ESSR Diploma in 2016.

He has published and reviewed a few articles in local and internationally peer reviewed journals and more recently was invited to write an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine(BJSM) on musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging by non-radiologists and to review on article in the BJSM on FAI.

He is married to Surette. They have 4 children and lives to surf in Umhlanga, Durban, ZA.

CEO of Lake Smit & Partners • Durban • South Africa

Dr Peter Mercouris has been in private practice with Lake Smit & Partners in Durban since 1994 and is the current CEO. His subspecialty interest is Musculoskeletal Radiology, particularly of sports injuries and is a member of SAMSIG  (South African Musculoskeletal Imaging Group) and the ESSR (European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology). He obtained the ESSR Musculoskeletal Diploma in 2012. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, most recently at the ESSR Sports Meeting in Athens, May 2017.

Radiologist • Pretoria • South Africa

Graduated in 1982 (MBChB) at the University of the Freestate. His MMed Rad training was at the same University from 1992 – 1996. Joined CAPITAL RADIOLOGY in Groenkloof Pretoria where he works as a general radiologist with a special interest in Musculoskeletal radiology and Breast cancer screening and treatment.

Partner/Director at Lake, Smit & Partners • Durban • South Africa

MBChB (Natal), FC Rad (SA). Qualified with MBChB degree from University of Natal Medical School in 1995. Obtained Post-Gradute Degree in Radiology from University of Natal and became a Fellow of the College of Radiologists of South Africa in 2002. Joined Lake, Smit & Partners (Private Radiology Practice), in Durban, South Africa in 2003. Currently a Partner/Director at Lake, Smit & Partners. Sub-Specialty interest is Musculoskeletal Radiology since 2009. A member of SAMSIG (South African MusculoSkeletal Imaging Group)

Radiologist • Morton & Partners • Cape Town • South Africa

Dr Graeme Thompson is a radiologist at Morton and Partners in Cape Town, where he is responsible for Musculoskeletal imaging. He is a founding member of SAMSIG and a regular speaker at their congresses as well as a visiting consultant in the academic department at Groote Schuur Hospital.

He is married to Wendy and has 3 children. He is an Ironman triathlete and weekend warrior.

Radiologist • Capital Radiology • Pretoria • South Africa

Mark Velleman completed his medical and post graduate training at the University of Pretoria.  He is currently in private practice in Pretoria, at Capital Radiology, where his primary responsibility is MR and musculo-skeletal imaging. He is also a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria, at the Departments of Radiology, Orthopaedics and section Sports Medicine, and also involved in post graduate training. He is a founding and currently active member of SAMSIG, and has been involved in organising various musculo-skeletal conferences and meetings. He has lectured at various radiological, orthopaedic and sports medicine meetings and has also published locally and internationally.

Associate partner at Lake Smit & Partners • Kwazulu-Natal • South Africa

University of Witwatersrand undergraduate with 3 years in general surgery, specializing in Diagnostic Radiology in Kwazulu-Natal. Joined a private practice in 2014 and currently an associate partner at Lake Smit & Partners in Kwazulu-Natal as part of the musculoskeletal team. Currently completing a European diploma in MSK Radiology.

Radiologist • Lake, Smit & Partners • South Africa

MBChB (UKZN) 2003 ; DA (SA) 2006, FC Rad (SA) 2014.

I joined Lake Smit and Partners Practice in 2014 where I work as a general diagnostic radiologist with a special interest in MSK radiology and I am currently enrolled in a subspecialty diploma in Musculoskeletal Radiology through the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR).

Radiologist • Stellenbosch, Somerset West & Cape Town • South Africa

Dr. Richard de Villiers is a full-time radiologist in private practice in South Africa, where he practices from Stellenbosch, Somerset West and the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. He also has a part-time appointment as a musculoskeletal radiologist at  Telemedicine Company in Spain. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal radiology, with a particular interest in the imaging of sports injuries . He completed his training at the University of Stellenbosch and is on the specialist register in South Africa, Qatar and the United Kingdom. He has published 29 articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at international, national and local congresses. He is the chairperson of the South African Musculoskeletal Imaging Group. He serves on SAMSIG and SASMA as a committee member.