This section will introduce you to the current office bearers of the society and specifically the person in your region of South Africa who would be the contact person for Society activities at a regional level. Also here you will find a list of our “partner” organizations with a short description of each and a link to their website if applicable.
Please click on the link to the right of the names of the Executive Council Members to view their abbreviated CV and a photo, where available. The executive is made up of the President, Vice president, Secretary, Treasurer and the Immediate Past President.
Our partner organizations include other non-profit organizations, governmental departments and private commercial concerns from whom sponsorship is obtained to fund, at no direct benefit to the company concerned, educational activities of the Society.
SA Military Health Service:
This is the medical branch of the South African National Defense Force – it is partnered with TSSA in that TSSA members are involved in training provided to SAMHS staff and in recruiting members to the Medical Reserve Force. Visit their site at: www.mhs.mil.za
Automobile Association of South Africa:
The AA-SA offers members of TSSA a 15% discount on AA membership and partners with the TSSA through vehicular trauma prevention campaigns. www.aa.co.za
EMSSA – Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa:
A medical professional society dedicated to the establishment of quality Emergency Medicine care of prehospital and in-hospital emergency conditions, including trauma, at the initial care level. This sister organization of TSSA was established in 2003 with membership open to paramedics, doctors and nurses interest in emergency care. www.emssa.org.za
ECSSA – Emergency Care Society of South Africa:
The latest member of the emergency society family, specifically for our Paramedic colleagues. Please visit them at www.ecssa.org.za to learn more and access their journal.
This government sponsored trauma prevention campaign is directed toward prevention of road deaths and focus is around the festive season each year. It encourages visible policing, avoidance of drunk driving and vehicle and pedestrian safety. www.arrivealive.co.za
A useful web-partner trauma.org provides a worldwide discussion list about trauma and useful resources and share-ware images for teaching purposes. See www.trauma.org
Dr. George Oosthuizen
Dr. G. Oosthuizen, MBChB, LMCC, FCS(SA)
- Subspecialist Trauma Surgeon
- Metropolitan Head of Trauma, Pietermaritzburg
- ATLS and DSTC instructor
- Regional Chair: ATLS KwaZulu Natal
- Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery: University of KwaZulu Natal and University of Auckland
- Trauma Program Director: Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
Prof. Andy Nicol
Andrew John Nicol, MBChB, FCS (SA), PhD.
Director of Trauma Centre
Groote Schuur Hospital
University of Cape Town
Co-editor Oxford Handbook of Trauma
81 peer review publications
ATLS and DSTC instructor
Safety and violence prevention initiative (SAVI)
Prof. Petra Brysiewicz
Professor Petra Brysiewicz, PhD, M Cur, B Arts, B Soc Sc
- Full professor of Nursing, School of Nursing & Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Teaches Trauma/Emergency Nursing at undergraduate and postgraduate level
- Immediate past president of Emergency Nurses Society of South Africa
- Executive Committee Member of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa and African Federation for Emergency Medicine
- Research areas include the psychosocial implications of violence and injury
Trained Johannesburg General Hospital B G Alexander School of Nursing, completed General Nursing 1985.
- Diploma Midwifery
- Diploma in Paediatric Nursing
- Diploma Medical and Surgical Nursing Trauma
- Diploma Medical and Surgical Nursing Critical care
- Aviation Health Care providers Course
- E-IMET MET Leadership course in Regional disaster Response and Trauma System
Currently employed by Netcare as National Trauma, Transplant and Disaster management Coordinator. Responsible, for the development of a National co-ordinated Trauma system, which includes promoting optimal trauma care, evaluation of the national program, organizing of services and systems for a multidisciplinary approach for the care of the injured.
Responsible for the National Management of the Transplant programme for Netcare Group.
Responsible for the coordination of 22 Sexual assault care centers for the Netcare Group.
- Unit manager of Trauma Intensive Care Unit Johannesburg Hospital.
- Unit Manager Paediatric Casualty Johannesburg Hospital.
- Advanced life support Nurse Criticare Ambulance service.
- Unit Manager Milpark Trauma Unit
- Regional Trauma Coordinator Gauteng West
- National Trauma Coordinator Netcare
- National Transplant manager Netcare
- Disaster management coordinator Netcare group
- Coordinator of 5 International Disaster response teams from South Africa.
Dr. Tim Hardcastle
Immediate Past President (2011-2013)
M.B., Ch.B.(Stell); M.Med.(Chir)(Stell); FCS(SA), PhD
Principal Specialist / Deputy Director of Trauma Service: IALCH
Registered Trauma Surgeon
Interests: vascular trauma and non-operative management of penetrating liver trauma. Integrating pre and in-hospital trauma care / trauma care systems
Alternate e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Trauma Unit: IALCH 800 Bellair road, Durban KZN
Married with two children
Scale model collector.
Medical director of VEMA - Voluntary Emergency Medical Assistance repsonse service KZN
Prof. Ken Boffard
Council: Gauteng representative
Qualifications: BSc(Hons)(Aerospace Med), MB BCh, FRCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCPS(Glas), FCS(SA), FACS Present position(s) in practice Chief Specialist and Clinical Head Department of Surgery Johannesburg Hospital University of the Witwatersrand Areas of interest in trauma care: Trauma surgical education, Trauma organisation, Trauma Critical Care, Resuscitation and measures for injury reduction.
E-mail and snail-mail address:
Tel: +27 (0)11 488-3373
Fax: +27 (0)11 488-4322
Postnet Suite #235,
Private Bag x2600,
Rep. of South Africa.
Life partners name and birth year of any children.:
Vee Boffard. Son: Robert (1984) Daughter: Catriona 1987
Hobbies and other interests:
Food and wine; cooking; flying (both helicopter and fixed wing). History of London.
Dr. Damian Clarke
Council: Rural representative
Damian L. Clarke, FCS (SA), MMed Sci, MBA, MPhil.
Academic Director of the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Dept of Surgery and Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service
Married to Elizabeth, an Epidemiologist, who works forthe KZN-PG
Dr. Vee Wilson
Ex officio: Rehabilitation representative
CV to follow.
Prof. Herman du Plessis
Ex-officio: President of ATLS SA
Prof Herman du Plessis - President ATLS SA: 2012-2016
MBChB, FCSSA), M.Med.
Prof of Surgical Critical Care - Pretoria
Herman is currently the National President for ATLS in South Africa. He has an ex-officio seat on the Exco of TSSA as the society is the designated provider of the ATLS program which has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
Prof Herman is a respected Crtiical Care specialist and was formerly the Head of surgery at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.