2016 Board Members

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Dr Robert Crookes – Acting Chairman

Dr Robert Crookes is a Wits graduate with a post-graduate Diploma in Internal Medicine (USA). He has had a long and colourful career in the field of Transfusion Medicine. His special interests include the treatment of patients by plasma exchange and the collection and cryo-preservation of peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood stem cells.

Dr Charlotte Ingram – Medical Director SABMR

Charlotte Ingram is currently the medical director for the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) having recently held the same position for the South African National Blood Transfusion Service (SANBS). Prior to this she headed up a molecular diagnostics unit for a reputable commercial business initiative for the sub Saharan African region & was the CEO for the clinical trial laboratory division of the Wits Health Consortium, a division of the University of Witwatersrand. Her qualifications include both clinical haematology – MMed (Haem) Wits and haematopathology – FCPathHaem (Wits). Dr Ingram has a 10year experience at executive management level in academic & blood transfusion organisations which included managing HLA typing laboratories in SANBS and cryopreservation of peripheral stem & mononuclear cells.

Mrs Theresa Schlaphoff – Deputy Director SABMR

Terry Schlaphoff holds a Masters Diploma in Medical Technology (cum laude) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has vast experience in numerous applications of genetic marker systems, specialising in HLA typing for bone marrow transplantation. She started her career in 1991 at the NHLS Laboratory for Tissue Immunology (originally the Provincial Blood Grouping Laboratory). In 1997 she was transferred to the SABMR where she currently serves as Deputy Director.

Professor Nicolas Novitzky

Professor and Head of the Department of Haematology, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital and NHLS. Founding Chairman and current Chair of the South African Society Stem Cell Transplantation Society. President of the African Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group. Director of the Blood Centre at UCT Private Academic Hospital. Member of the SABMR Medical Review Panel.

Dr Devan Moodley

Dr Shun Devan Moodley qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. Following his training as a Medical Oncologist in the division of Haematology and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Wits. He worked in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University as a senior specialist and lecturer until February 2006 and ran the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Presently in fulltime private practise at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, his interests include breast cancer in solid tumour oncology and leukaemia treatment in haematological malignancies.

Mrs Christelle Kotzenberg

My tertiary education and professional experiences are in the health field. Before my retirement I was Director and Chief Director in the National Department of Health and the National Transplant Programme was one of my responsibilities. That was the spark of my interest in the discipline and recipients of transplants. It is a honour to represent the ordinary South African on the Board of the Bone Marrow Registry.

Mr David Cohen

David Cohen is a chartered accountant who has been a Director of a large audit practice since 1980, prior to which he spent three and a half years in industry. His experience has been diverse covering a large spectrum of the commercial and industrial business world. Currently he has his own practice specializing in business consulting, accounting and taxation.

Dr Jackie Thomson

Dr Jackie Thomson is the Transplant Program Director at Alberts Cellular Therapy. She is very passionate about hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and establishing of quality systems in the transplant process.

Dr Manickavallie (Monica) Vaithilingum

Dr Monica Vaithilingum has been a Paediatrician for twenty years, thirteen of which have been as a paediatric Haematologist spanning both the public and private sectors. Current Chair of the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group. Integral involvement with relevant NGO and NPO groups.

Mr Derek Auret

Derek Auret was educated at Zwaanswyk High School, Cape Town and is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch (Bachelor of Administration) and of the University of Pretoria (Honours in Political Science and International Politics).
During his 25 years’ experience in the Department of Foreign Affairs he established a wide network of professional and other contacts across the political and business spectrum both in South Africa and abroad. He is a dynamic communicator and possesses excellent mediating and negotiating skills.
He is currently Chairman of the Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town) and a member of the Board of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.