UKZN alumnus, Dr Salome Maswime, has launched the South African Clinician Scientists Society aimed at developing the next generation of experts and medical leaders in South Africa.

‘Our vision is to improve healthcare in South Africa through translational research,’ said Maswime, President of the newly-formed society.

Maswime qualified as a medical Doctor at UKZN in 2005; going on to specialise at the University of Witwatersrand where she qualified as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 2013 before completing her MMED and PhD degrees.

Maswime was awarded a Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship which gave her the opportunity to spend a year at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University in the United States. She is currently at Harvard with the Centre for Global Health and Obstetrics Department and will return to Wits Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department in June 2019 where she is conducting research into the impact of HIV in pregnant women. The research is examining whether the disease increases the chance of stillbirth, with special emphasis on placental histopathology.

Maswime has received several awards, including being honoured as a Young Trailblazer and Achiever by former SA President, Jacob Zuma, at the National Youth Day Commemoration in 2017; being chosen as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 young South Africans in 2017; as well as Destiny magazine’s Power of 40 award for tenacity in the public sector.

‘Dr Salome Maswime, is a true example of a modern health professional and a pioneer in health sciences, we are extremely proud of her and her progressive work,’ said Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN, Professor Ncoza Dlova.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph supplied by Salome Maswime