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Affiliate Members

Prof. Charles Mondo

email:  charlesmondo2011@gmail.com


Prof. Charles Mondo is a consultant cardiologist at St. Franscis Hospital Nsambya and Kiruddu Referral Hospital in Kampala Uganda. Before then, he was a Consultant cardiologist at the Uganda Heart Institute and at Mulago teaching hospital for Makerere University Medical School. Prof Mondo graduated from Makerere University Medical School for his undergraduate studies (MB ChB), and from Tianjin Medical University, China, for his masters (M Med cardiology) and doctoral (Ph.D. cardiology) studies. He is a fellow of the European Society of cardiologists (FESC), a fellow of the American College of Cardiologists (FACC) and an honorary professor of Medicine at Mbarara University Medical School. Prof Mondo is an avid researcher that has published widely in cardiology. Prof Mondo was appointed affiliate member of the Hatter Institute in 2016.


Dr Charle Viljoen

email:  charle.viljoen@uct.ac.za

Charle Viljoen obtained the degree MBChB (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria, with the highest marks in the final year of study.  After completing his MMed in Internal Medicine at the University of Cape Town, he continued training in Cardiology at Groote Schuur Hospital. Whilst reading for a PhD, he created an online ECG learning platform (ecgonline.uct.ac.za) and a reference app for ECGs (ECG APPtitude, available from the App Store and Google Play). Dr Viljoen has a special interest in heart failure and arrhythmias and is the co-supervisor of several masters and honours research projects.  In 2018 he was awarded the International Resident Leadership Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.





Dr Gerald Maarman


Dr. Maarman holds various degrees (BSc. BSc. Honours, MSc. and Ph.D.) in cardiovascular physiology from University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch. He completed research fellowships in Europe, received multiple awards and authored approximately 34 publications (published & manuscripts in preparation). He is a specialist biomedical scientist, and his research focuses on underlying mechanisms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in TB, cardioprotection in PAH, & novel drug targets. He has supervised multiple postgraduate students & in 2018, he received research grants of R1.4. Million. He is currently a lecturer and principal investigator, with research collaborations in SA, UK, Germany and USA. Dr. Maarman and colleagues launched a clinical study to investigate the pathogenesis of PAH in patients who previously had TB. This is complemented studies on gene-knockout and TB models to explore mechanisms.



Prof. Ana Olga Mocumbi, MD PHD FESC


Professor Mocumbi is Associate Professor of Cardiology at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and Head of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Division National Public Health Institute, both in Mozambique. Her career focuses on poverty-related NCD and aims at improving care provision and research into neglected cardiovascular diseases, spanning from clinical research to education and health management. She is actively involved in post-graduate training of researchers with projects into NCD and their determinants. Professor Mocumbi is currently the leader of the Taskforce for Reproductive Health Services for Women with Cardiovascular Diseases at the Pan African Society of Cardiology, Co-Chair of the Working Group on Rheumatic Heart Disease Prevention and Control at the World Heart Federation, and Co-Chair of The Lancet Global Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries of the Poorest Billion.



Professor Simon Stewart PhD FESC FAHA,

email: simon.stewart@uct.ac.za  

Professor Simon Stewart PhD FESC FAHA, is a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Senior Principal Research Fellow based at Torrens University Australia. Simon is a cardiovascular nurse and health services researcher who has dedicated his career to understanding and responding to an evolving epidemic of heart disease in vulnerable populations. Together with Professor Sliwa, he was instrumental in undertaking the world-renowned Heart of Soweto Study. He continues to lead novel surveillance disease studies with his African colleagues. This includes the recently published MOZART Disease Surveillance Study of around 8,000 emergency presentations to 3 hospitals in Mozambique. Having published many of the seminal reports in the field, Simon is also a pioneer of nurse-led multidisciplinary management programs in heart failure and other forms of chronic heart disease.



Professor Kamilu Musa Karaye

email:  kkaraye@yahoo.co.uk 

Professor Kamilu Musa Karaye graduated from University of Jos Medical School, Nigeria in 1995. He attended Imperial College London and Umea University, Sweden for his MSc Cardiology (1999) and PhD degrees (2016) respectively. He qualified as a Consultant Cardiologist in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2014. Kamilu is the Chief Investigator for the ongoing Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Nigeria (PEACE) Registry, and the National Principal Investigator for the Global Congestive Heart Failure (G-CHF) Registry and the Influenza Vaccine to prevent Vascular Events (IVVE) Trial. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology and Royal College pf Physicians of London.


Dr Blanche Cupido

email:  BJ.Cupido@uct.ac.za

Dr Blanche Cupido is a consultant adult interventional cardiologist . She also has a special interest in congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease. She graduated from UCT in 2001 and spent 2 years in Kwazulu Natal, completing her internship and community service. After working in the UK for a year, she returned to Groote Schuur Hospital to complete her physician training in 2009 and her cardiology training in 2013. In 2016, she did a fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Leeds, UK. In 2017, she also completed a Certificate in Advanced Heart Failure Management from the University of Zurich and the European Cardiac Academy.  She has returned to Groote Schuur Hospital to establish a dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit and currently works at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Private Academic Hospital as the Head of Echocardiography and the Clinical Lead for Adult Congenital Heart Disease.




Prof Elija Ogola

email: elijah.ogola@uonbi.ac.ke

Prof. Elijah Ogola graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1979 and finished residency in the same institution in 1985. He undertook cardiology training in the United States and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He joined the Faculty of the University in 1986 and is still a member of faculty. He was chairman of the department of medicine between 2000 and 2008. He is an accomplished clinician and a renowned clinical teacher.

His main research interest is hypertension, emerging cardiovascular risk factors in Africa and heart failure. He has published extensively in these areas. He has a special interest in primordial and primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In this respect he is involved in multiple initiatives at the national, continental levels. He is involved in several professional organizations. He is previous chair of the Kenya Cardiac Society. He is currently Secretary General of the Pan African Society of Cardiology, Eastern. He is also Governor of the African chapter of the American College of Cardiology.


Dr Dike Ojjii

email:  dikeojji@yahoo.co.uk







Dr Okechukwu S Ogah MBBS, MSc, PhD, FWACP, FNCS, FESC, FACC

email: osogah56156@gmail.com

Dr Ogah is  a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the Department of Medicine , University of Ibadan and Consultant Physician/Cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine,  University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds Ph.D. in Medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa, and an MSc in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) both from the University of Ibadan. He is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians, Nigerian Cardiac Society, European Cardiac Society and American College of Cardiology.

He is a Bernard Lown visiting scholar at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the current President of the Nigerian Cardiac Society.  His research interests include surveys on cardiovascular risk factors, national heart disease registries, continental heart failure registries, pericarditis, rheumatic heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and systemic hypertension. He has over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is married with children.


Prof. Friedrich Thienemann

email:  friedrich.thienemann@uct.ac.za

Prof. Friedrich Thienemann is an internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist with a passion for global health research. He is staff consultant at the Department of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital Zurich and Honorary Associated Professor at the Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town and lives between Zurich and Cape Town.

In 2009, he joined the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town and served as investigator of several EU, NIH and university-funded grants and successfully administered multinational, multisite clinical research projects across Africa.  His work is on optimizing diagnosis & treatment of tuberculosis and the intersection of infectious and non-communicable diseases and the role of molecular imaging in infective lung disease.



Dr Kim Lamont

email: kimmylamont@gmail.com







Dr Feriel Azibani

‚ÄčEmail:  feriel.azibani@uct.ac.za

I was born and raised in Algeria. In 2007, I obtained my biology engineer diploma at the University Houari Boumedienne (Algiers). Then I moved to Paris, where I obtained my master degree in Cellular Physiopathology. I then joined the team of Pr. Alain Cohen Solal (Inserm U942 – Hospital Lariboisiere) to work on the role of cardiac aldosterone in cardiac remodelling during hypertension. In 2012, I obtained my PhD in physiopathology at University Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 and I joined the Myology Centre ( Hospital Pitie Salpetriere) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow where I worked on gene therapies in Congenital Muscular Dystrophies related to LMNA gene mutations.

Since September 2015, I joined the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (University of Cape Town) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My current research project focuses on the role of hypertension in heart disease during pregnancy