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Dr Russel Seider

Dr Seider is well known in the field of breast imaging, having established his practice in 1991 and only done breast work since 1996, long before stand- alone breast imaging practices became the norm.

He is highly specialised in breast screening, diagnosis and intervention and known for his exceptional personal and  professional care.

His practice offers all radiological breast investigations and procedures and osteoporosis screening and follow up.

Dr. Pamela Smilg

Dr Smilg qualified in South Africa as a radiologist in 1993 and obtained the UK radiology qualification FRCR in 1996.

She is a dedicated breast imager and interventionalist.

She has completed multiple courses in her sub- specialty, including a number of Laszlo Tabar courses, and stays up to date by attending local and international congresses, reading and interactions with peers.

She was head of the breast imaging department of a large radiology practice based on the East Rand for many years, during which time she opened and established a new branch in Bedfordview.

Dr Smilg currently works at Donald Gordon Medical Centre where she performs breast cancer screening, diagnosis and staging, localization procedures and post-treatment follow up, including reading of breast MRIs.

She aims to provide a warm, caring and professional service to her patients. She is currently involved in clinical trials and multiple multidisciplinary teams and has had publications in local and international journals. She has taught and lectured to mammography students.

Dr. Thato Sefanyetso

Dr Thato Sefanyetso is a general radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging.

She graduated in 2004 as a medical doctor at the University of the Witwatersrand and became a fellow of the College of Radiologists, South Africa in 2016. Upon joining private practice she took an interest in breast imaging and continues to advance in mammography, breast MRI, image-guided biopsies, in addition to general radiology.

Dr Sefanyetso currently practices at Sandton Radiology, with branches at both Sandton and Morningside Mediclinic, where she is also a director.


Dr. Thamsanqa Madliwa

Current position: Histopathologist and Partner at Lancet Laboratories Richmond, Johannesburg 

Qualifications: MBChB (Natal), FC Path (Anat)SA.


  • BIGOSA - Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa (executive committee member)

  • IAP: International Academy of Pathology member 

Areas of interest: Breast, GIT and dermatopathology.


Dr. Sudeshen Naidoo

Dr Naidoo completed his Radiation Oncology fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014.

During his time as a registrar, he won the best Registrar Poster Presentation in the country at the South African Society for Clinical and Radiation Oncology (SASCRO) 2013.

Dr Naidoo joined the de Mûelenaere Oncology Group in 2015 and is now one of the Directors of the group and Unit Head of Sandton Radiation Oncology.

In June of 2016, he completed his Master of Medicine in Radiation Oncology at the University of Witwatersrand and also previously served as the Radiation Oncology Advisor to the Ministry of Health South Africa between 2017-2021.

His other professional duties include:

  • Reviewer for The South African Journal of Oncology (SAJO) Review 175 - [March 2021].

  • Served as an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (2018-2020).

  • Served on the executive committee of the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncology (SASCRO) [2017-2019].

  • Executive member of the Morningside Breast Multidisciplinary Tumour Board.

  • Founder and chairman of the Johnson-Rose Cancer Foundation.

  • Member of the Breast Wellness Centre Multidisciplinary Tumour Board.

Dr Naidoo is also a member of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and mentee of Prof Philip Poortmans past president of ESTRO and one of the world’s experts in breast oncology.

He currently practices at the Sandton Oncology Centre, Ahmed Kathrada Cancer Institute, Life Fourways Hospital, Sunninghill Hospital and Krugersdorp Hospital.

Whilst Dr Naidoo treats various cancer sites, he has a special interest in Breast Cancer, Gynae Oncology, GIT Cancers and Neuro Oncology.

His current passion is research and is currently on the path of attaining his PhD in Oncology with the help of Mayo clinic Rochester USA and MD Anderson Cancer Centre Texas USA.


Dr. Simon J. Nayler

Simon J. Nayler is currently the managing pathologist at  Drs Gritzman & Thatcher Laboratories, and is also affiliated with the Donald Gordon Medical Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

He was previously associate professor and head of the NHLS histopathology laboratory at Jhb Hospital and had an interest in breast pathology for most of his career having chaired the breast pathology forum at Jhb Hospital from 1998-2008, ending when he entered private practice.

He has heled several appointments in professional and academic societies, including president of the South African College of Pathologists (Past President), Federation of South African Societies of Pathology (Past President) and International Liaison Committee of Presidents of Pathology Colleges (Member).

He is a past president of the Breast Interest Group of South Africa (BIGOSA) and also a member of the Special Technical Committee (STC) of the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).

He has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as a 2 textbook chapters to his credit, and has been invited to lecture on numerous occasions, both locally and overseas.


Dr. Shirley Lipschitz

Dr Shirley Lipschitz is the founder of the breast wellness centre which offers state of the art equipment for screening and diagnosis of breast disease.

The team of 4 doctors  and  mammographers are dedicated  breast imaging specialists. We also do bone densitometry for the diagnosis and follow up of osteoporosis.

Our practices are at  both Linksfield and Sunninghill hospitals.


Dr. Sheree Koonin

I know that surgery of any kind can be daunting – and is not something to take lightly. This is why I would like to share my philosophy with you, as well as what you can expect from me. I believe that every person deserves to feel as good as they possibly can, inside and out. No matter your circumstances or where you are in life, I want to help you enhance your experience of living and co-create your recovery as part of the breast team I am honoured to be a part of. 

No person’s situation or perspective is the same. My holistic approach to your well-being ensures that you receive treatment in line with the highest ethical practices, and that I focus on your specific needs and circumstances as my patient, throughout the process. 

When you are passionate about something, it fills you, drives your energy flow, and gives your life purpose and meaning. That is how I feel about surgery and about your future surgery. I look forward to meeting you.


Dr. Ronwyn van Eeden

Dr. Ronwyn van Eeden is a Medical Oncologist in Rosebank, Johannesburg. She is also an honorary consultant in Medical Oncology at the Chris Hani Academic hospital.

Dr. van Eeden and has several peer review journal publications, presents at many local and international meetings and symposia and serves on local advisory boards. She was a member of the executive committee for the South African Society of medical Oncology. She has a special interest in breast and lung cancer as well as immuno-oncology.


Dr. Peter Schoub

Dr Peter Schoub qualified as a doctor in 1998, and as a radiologist in 2007. For the last 10 years he has focused on breast imaging and obtained the European Diploma in Breast Imaging in 2018. Dr Schoub is based at the Parklane Women’s Imaging Centre. The centre is the only American College of Radiology accredited mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI facility in South Africa. 

Dr Schoub works closely with several breast cancer multidisciplinary teams that include breast surgeons and oncologists, assisting with diagnosis, staging, monitoring tumour response and presurgical localisation. He has recently introduced cryoablation for breast cancers into the unit. He is also an honorary lecturer in the Department of Radiology at WITS University.


Dr. Pam Smilg and Dr Russel Seider

Dr Russel Seider & Associates at Donald Gordon Medical Centre is a practice dedicated to breast health.

Dr Russel Seider and Dr Pamela Smilg provide imaging services in a warm, caring and professional setting.

Website: Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre

Dr. Omondi Ogude

Dr. Omondi Ogude is a medical oncologist serving as a director of the Sandton Oncology Medical Group and practices at the Sandton Oncology Centre. Dr. Ogude received his medical degree in 2005 from the University of the Witwatersrand. He subsequently completed his Internal Medicine specialisation in 2011 and a medical oncology fellowship in 2014 at the same institution.

Dr. Ogude specialises in Breast, Gastrointestinal, and Gynecological malignancies and is actively involved in research. He serves as a principal investigator and sub-investigator on multiple trials. He also chairs and sits on various multidisciplinary forums in Johannesburg and advisory boards locally and internationally.

He is dedicated to advocacy work in oncology, serving as a director and board member of Campaigning For Cancer and The Johnson Rose Cancer Foundation, both non-profit organisations that promote better cancer care and awareness in South Africa.

As an active member of the South African Oncology Consortium, European Society of Medical Oncology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr Ogude stays informed on the latest developments in his field. His involvement in these organisations advances his knowledge in the field of oncology and providing the best care possible for his patients.


Noelene Kinsley

Genetic Counselling Services

Noelene Kinsley is a genetic counsellor with an interest in hereditary cancer risk and helps individuals and families to reduce the impact of cancer in their lives.

Genetic counsellors review family and personal cancer history to determine the risk for a genetic/hereditary cancer risk. If appropriate they assist with genetic testing, and based on the outcome, preventative care and management.

Noelene has been in practice since 2011 and started GC Network, a genetic counselling group practice, to increase access to clinical genetic support. The team has a passion to help people make sense of health and genetics.


Dr. Mariza Tunmer

Dr Tunmer is a Specialist Radiation Oncologist practicing at the WITS University Donald Gordon Medical Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her undergraduate medical training at The University of Pretoria.

Following internship and community service Dr Tunmer worked as a medical officer at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, rotating through the Trauma Unit, Trauma ICU and Medical Casualty.

She also worked in various Casualty departments at private hospitals. In 2008 she joined the Medical Oncology Unit at CMJAH as a medical officer, before starting her specialist training in the Department of Radiation Oncology in 2009. She completed her training in 2012 and thereafter was employed as a Consultant Specialist Radiation Oncologist at CMJAH until 2014, before joining the WDGMC in full time private practice. She has remained involved in the teaching of registrars through WITS and is an examiner for the College of Medicine of South Africa as well as a member of the College Council of the Fellowship of Radiation Oncologists.

She currently serves as the President of SASCRO (South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists) as well as the Secretary of BIGOSA (Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa). A large proportion of Dr Tunmer's practice includes the management of patients with GIT malignancies, GUT malignancies, breast cancer, head and neck cancer & skin cancer.

She regularly attends Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings where challenging cases are discussed.


Dr. Louella Ritz

Dr Louella Ritz is the Director and Specialist Breast Radiologist at The Bone & Breast Care Centre since its inception in 1997. She offers a holistic multimodal approach to all breast problems and osteoporosis screening. Dr Ritz stays updated with new and current trends by frequently attending annual local and international congresses.


Dr. Lizette Louw

Dr Louw is the president of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Biology and past president of both the South African Society of Nuclear Medicine and the South African Association of Nuclear Physicians.

She has published in several reputable journals and presented at numerous national and international conferences. After almost 2 decades in the academic sector, she finally joined the private sector full time as a partner in the largest Nuclear Medicine group practice in South Africa; Centre of Molecular Imaging and Theranostics (CoMIT). She is based primarily at 200 Rivonia road, Morningside where the full suite of Nuclear Medicine services are offered.

Although Dr Louw is passionate about the entire field of nuclear medicine, her special interest lies in oncology imaging and therapy, as well as health economics. She is actively involved in various international collaboration projects and despite being in the private sector still regularly attends and presents at the most prestigious international conferences.

Outside of Nuclear Medicine, she enjoys coffee, traveling, laughing and being a mom to two boys.


Dr. Liat Malek

Dr Liat Malek is a specialist Radiologist specializing in the field of Breast Imaging. She qualified as a medical practitioner in 2005 and was awarded a fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology in 2013.

Dr Malek is committed to providing her patients with the highest standards of care and expertise and believes in individualized patient care and management. She is warm, compassionate and empathetic and is dedicated to ensuring the woman in her care feel supported throughout their journey.

Dr Malek and is a founding member of one of the largest Breast Cancer multidisciplinary groups in South Africa and is an active member in local and international breast cancer forums.

Dr Malek is a devoted mother to three children. She believes in mindfulness and the power meditation and love’s wildlife and nature. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and pets.


Dr. Kirstin Fearnhead

Dr Kirstin Fearnhead is the owner of Dr KF Histopathology. This is an independently-owned pathology laboratory providing superior services in routine surgical pathology, frozen section pathology and cytology.  Located at the Village Medical Centre in Parktown North since 2021, Dr KF Histopathology has grown into an 9-person team with on-site laboratory including immunohistochemistry. 

In private practice since May 2018, Dr Fearnhead has broad capabilities as a general pathologist with particular active interests in dermatopathology, breast and gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary pathology. She is a member of the Breast Wellness, Morningside Head and Neck Forum and Sandton Mediclinic Multidisciplinary teams. She spends her days doing frozen sections, with an emphasis on skin cancer and breast excisions, and in the laboratory grossing and reporting specimens.

She prides herself in a close working relationship with the dedicated team of clinicians she serves. She is a perfectionist, passionate about service delivery and patient-centred results directing surgical and oncological treatment decisions. Staying up to date with developments in cancer diagnostics and terminology is paramount to her, and her continuing professional development includes participating in online courses and seminars and perusing the latest WHO tumour classifications as they are released.


Dr. Keren Spiegel-Moyal

Keren Spiegel-Moyal qualified with MBBCh from University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1997, winning the Smith and Nephew award for orthopaedics. She completed her internship at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in 1998, and community service medical officer time at Helen Joseph hospital in 1999 which included the fields of orthopaedics and intensive care.

She continued with a 6-month senior house officer (SHO) post in Paediatrics at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Johannesburg. She completed her registrarship and qualified in Diagnostic Radiology in 2004 through the College of Radiologists of South Africa.

Between 2004 and 2009 she continued as a consultant radiologist at the Helen Joseph hospital progressing to senior consultant and acting clinical head of the radiology department. Keren has been in her current position as a specialist radiologist at Rosebank radiology since August 2009. She has a special interest in multimodality breast imaging and intervention for diagnosis of breast disease, including MRI imaging .

She has completed a number of related courses including Multimodality Detection and Diagnosis of Breast Disease by Laszlo Tabar and MRI breast courses with EUSOBI (European society of breast imaging). 

Keren has a number of publications to her name in the South African Journal of Radiology and in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, Australia and New Zealand.

Website: Scan for Life

Dr. Keo Tabane

Dr Keo Tabane is a medical oncologist at Sandton Oncology She graduated as a medical doctor in 1999, qualified as a specialist physician in 2006 and a medical oncologist in 2008 .

Her  areas of interest include breast  and gynaecological cancers.Through the centre’s clinical unit, she is a principal investigator and sub-investigator on a number of international collaborative clinical trials, including breast and ovarian cancer clinical trials, as well as trials using immunotherapy as cancer treatment modality.

She is the chairperson of the Local Organising Committee for the Breast Interest Group of South Africa (BIGOSA) 2023, International Breast Cancer Society Group( IBCSG), and a  previous member of the executive committee at the South African Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO). 

Dr Tabane believes in shared decision making, with the patient actively taking part in decisions pertaining to their care. 

She is a mom of 2 , and  loves reading and exercise!


Dr. Kate Mahango

Dr Kate Mahango is a qualified radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging and breast interventional radiology. She is actively involved in multi modality image guided breast intervention procedures including ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI guided biopsies.

Her extensive experience has been supported by regular attendance of local and international courses and congresses in her fields of in terest. This enables her to stay at the cutting edge of the latest medical and imaging advances.

She is a passionate professional practising at Sandton Radiology where she is also actively involved in the multi disciplinary team for breast cancer care.

Additional areas of interest include neuroradiology and paediatric imaging.

She has also completed a diploma in Neuroradiology through the European Society of Neuroradiology.


Prof. Jacqueline Smilg

Prof. Jacqueline Smilg is a Diagnostic Radiologist currently in private practice in Johannesburg working in Breast Imaging at the Breast Wellness Centre.

She is an Adjunct Professor and an Honorary Researcher at the University of Witwatersrand. Prof. Smilg is the past Chair of the Breast Imaging Society of South Africa and serves on the Council of the Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa, as the Radiological Member and President Elect. Under Prof Smilg’s leadership, the Breast Imaging Unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital was recognized as a Centre of Excellence in Breast Imaging - winning silver in the 2019 Gauteng Premier Excellence awards, winning the Gauteng Department of Health 2018 Khanyisa Excellence award and being awarded the 2018 Gauteng Health Service Excellence Award. She is a sought after national and international speaker, having delivered invited and sponsored lectures in South Africa, Egypt and the United States and presented her research in Shanghai, China. Prof. Smilg has 11 peer reviewed publications and a published book. She has participated in a number of posters and published conference proceedings. Prof. Smilg is involved in clinical trials, and cross university research collaborations. She was awarded the 2018 Research Excellence award by the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof. Smilg has a distinguished post-graduate teaching record, having taught and lectured to more than 600 Registrars since 1995. She has supervised 30 students completing the Diagnostic Diploma in Mammography, University of Johannesburg or MMed in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand.

Dr. Hoda Eshraghi

Dr Hoda Eshraghi completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005 and qualified as a specialist radiologist in 2012. She currently practices at The Breast Wellness Centre in Johannesburg. She has more than 10 years of experience in general radiology and breast imaging and is a member of the RSSA (Radiological Society of South Africa). 

Dr Eshraghi is passionate about providing high-quality care to her patients and is committed to staying up to date with the latest advancements in breast imaging. She has honed her skills in mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and image-guided biopsy, and uses her expertise to accurately diagnose breast cancer and guide patients through their treatment journey. Her passion for providing compassionate care and her commitment to advancing breast imaging make her a valuable member of our multidisciplinary breast cancer team.


Dr. Gillian Davies

Dr Davies (Gill) is a Senior Pathologist at Gritzman & Thatcher Inc Laboratories.

She is a general histopathologist with a special interest in breast pathology. She is involved in the diagnosis and management of breast diseases from biopsy to excision of lesions, and is present for intraoperative assessment of tissue, when appropriate.  

She is an active member of the Linksfield Breast Wellness Centre Multidisciplinary Meeting, and member of the Breast Interest Group of South Africa (BIGOSA).

She specialised in 2016 and worked at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) in Johannesburg thereafter, in both Histopathology and Cytology. She has been at Gritzman & Thatcher since 2019.


Dr. Gabriel Doucas

Dr Doucas believes that a good surgeon knows when not to operate. He is both passionate and meticulous about ensuring that his patients fully understand any procedure they may be considering. He ensures that this is the case by explaining complex medical procedures and their consequences, using easy-to-understand, non-medical terminology. 

Dr Doucas firmly believes that patients should be empowered to make informed decisions about prospective surgery, and he therefore provides them with the requisite tools to do so. This is followed-up by comprehensive post-surgical care and consultation. 

Dr Gabriel Doucas graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He then went on to specialise as a Fellow of the College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa, through the University of the Witwatersrand.

His reconstructive interests include:

  • Breast reconstruction

  • Removal of skin cancers & lesions

  • Head & neck reconstruction

  • Microsurgery

His cosmetic interests include:

  • Breast aesthetics

  • Facial rejuvenation

  • Body contouring

  • Non-surgical rejuvenation

Dr Doucas is a full member of the Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa (APRSSA) and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He attends regular academic meetings and national congresses. 

Outside of work hours, when he is not enjoying family time, Dr Doucas can be found tending his Bonsai trees or out on a run - both hobbies that feed his love of nature.


Dr. Dimitri Liakos

Dr Dimitri Liakos is plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon with special interest in oncology reconstruction.

He is currently a consultant plastic surgeon at WITS Donald Gordon Medical Centre. The unit specializes in head and neck, breast and other oncology reconstruction. The unit also runs a microsurgery fellowship training program to further train future microsurgeons.

Dr Liakos completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Pretoria and his plastic surgery training at WITS University in Johannesburg. He then went on to complete a fellowship in advanced reconstructive microsurgery in Taiwan.

Furthermore, Dr Liakos has completed observerships at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas and UZ Brussels with Prof M Hamdi in Belgium.

Dr Liakos is a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa and a member of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.


Dr. Casey McCusker

Casey did her undergraduate training at University of Pretoria and post-graduate training in Anatomical Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand, the latter completed in 2019. She then joined the National Institute of Occupational Health post-qualification for two years. 

Her interest in breast pathology lead to a Masters project titled “Adenomyoepithelioma of the breast: a case series”. This was supervised by Dr Kirstin Fearnhead during specialist training, and she subsequently joined her practice, KF Histopathology in February 2022.


Dr. Carla Norval

After completing her undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University, Dr Norval spent four years in the UK, where she practiced general medicine. She became a fellow of the Royal College of England in 1996.

After returning to South Africa and specializing at Wits University, she qualified as a consultant plastic surgeon in 2001. She spent 6 years heading the plastic surgery unit at Helen Joseph where she played an instrumental role in establishing the first oncoplastic breast unit in the state sector in Gauteng.

Carla is passionate about breast reconstructive surgery. She finds her work hugely rewarding and is committed to providing her patients with informed options and choices about their bodies.


Candice Kuschke

Candice has been a practicing physiotherapist since 2004. She qualified from Wits University, and thereafter gained experience in orthopaedic and sporting injuries. She went on to work in London for 6 years, where she worked on an oncology ward and developed a very special interest in managing oncology patients and their symptoms, by improving their quality of life at any stage of their treatment and beyond. She has completed additional training in Oncology Rehabilitation and lymphoedema management. She is a Leduc and FG MLD qualified lymphoedema therapist, a Lymphoedema Training Academy lecturer, and a PINC Certified therapist.

Based now in Johannesburg, her practice deals mostly with complications after cancer treatment. Therapy also involves group activities such as stand-up paddling and The Next Steps program. Candice is passionate about providing access to treatment and training to everyone in South Africa. Her bestie, Gruffalo the Jack Russell, is often by her side at the practice.

Candice is able to give you advice and recommend what type of exercise is most appropriate for you at any stage of your treatment, as well as focussing and building towards long term weight and physical fitness goals. 

The Benefits of Exercise during and after cancer treatment

  1. Exercise does not have to be painful and difficult. Pilates, Paddling, yoga, active breathwork, meditations, static balance exercises, walking, gentle weight training or own-body-weight exercises, are all extremely beneficial and possible during treatment. (With advice from your treating physiotherapist).

  2. Exercise reduces side effects of cancer treatment, like fatigue and anxiety.

  3. Guided exercises after surgery allows return to normal activity as quickly as possible and prevents treatment like Radiotherapy from being delayed or uncomfortable.

  4. Regular physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment significantly reduces the risk of overall death (cancer and non-cancer related causes) and cancer recurrence, compared to people that are sedentary.

    This is an excellent large-scale study that is available online: Cannioto et al, 2019. Habitual recreational physical activity is associated with significantly improved survival in cancer patients. Cancer Causes & Control.