Prof Atte Meretoja


Prof George Ntaios
George Ntaios serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Thessaly and practices Medicine at the Department of Medicine at the Larissa University Hospital, Greece. He received his stroke training during a stroke research fellowship at the CHUV (Lausanne, Switzerland) next to Prof.Patrik Michel and during the European Master Course in Stroke Medicine (Danube University, Austria) which he attended with the support of scholarships by the European Stroke Organization and the Hellenic Society of Atherosclerosis.

He served as the co-chair of the Guidelines Committee of the European Stroke Organization between 2014 and 2018 and was the leading author of the Standard Operating Procedure for the development of the ESO Guidelines. Also, he chaired the working group which developed the ESO guidelines for the temperature management in acute ischaemic stroke and participated in the working group which developed the ESO Guidelines on glycemia management in acute stroke. In addition, he is a member of the working group developing the ESO guidelines for intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischaemic stroke, as well as the ESO Guidelines about blood pressure management in acute stroke. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Stroke Journal, the Virtual Stroke University and the Scientific Committee of the European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC). He was the chair of the local organizing committee which organized the 21st Stroke Summer School of the European Stroke Organization in Larissa/Greece in 2017.  He serves as Member-at-large at the Executive Committee of the ESO and also as the general secretary of the Hellenic Stroke Organization.

His main research interest focuses on stroke pathophysiology, prevention and prognosis. He participates in several observational and randomized studies of acute stroke management and stroke prevention as steering committee member, national coordinator or principal investigator. The list of his publications is available here.



Prof Jan Staessen


Dr Ray Townsend
Dr. Townsend is a Nephrologist who conducts research into the role of arterial stiffness in outcomes such as death, and kidney failure progression, especially in patients with chronic kidney disease.  In addition he oversees the Hypertension Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and supervises the ABPM program, which to date has conducted more than 3000 studies in patients at Penn.  He is NIH funded.  He was the American Heart Association Physician of the Year for 2016, and an empaneled member of the JNC – 8 hypertension guidelines committee.  His other interests include device based therapies for high blood pressure treatment and he serves on the Executive Committees of both Medtronic (Spyral Hypertension Program: Renal Denervation) as well as ROX (ROX Coupler: 4 mm fistula creation in Iliac Artery/Vein for drug resistant hypertension).  Lastly he has conducted research into the effects of SGLT2 inhibition on 24h ABPM control in diabetics with hypertension.




Dr Kathleen Bateman


Dr Naeem Brey
Dr Naeem Brey completed his undergraduate training at UCT. Cognizant of the epidemic sweeping the country he subsequently spent 2½ years managing patients with HIV. He subsequently spent time at the GSH Division of Neurology with exposure to the stroke unit there. He trained as a neurologist at Tygerberg Hospital where he continues to practice as consultant neurologist and lecturer. He has assisted in launching the Tygerberg Stroke Unit, which was only the third unit amongst state hospitals. He currently heads the unit. He is a member of the locals Angels and SASS steering committee. He has a passion for medical training and assists a number of hospitals to setup their own stroke units.



Prof Alan Bryer


Dr Erika Jones
Erika completed her MBBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing community service she enrolled at the University of Cape Town as a Doctoral student and received her PhD through the Renal unit at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. Her PhD explored the effects of a sodium channel variant on blood pressure and sodium reabsorption.  After obtaining her PhD, she returned to clinical medicine to specialise in internal medicine and subsequently acquired her certificate in Nephrology.  Her fields of research are hypertension; chronic kidney disease associated with methamphetamine use; adherence to antihypertensives; acute kidney injury; blood pressure control in Africa and the pathophysiology of hypertension in Africa.


Dr Lee Meyer
I obtained by BSc in Speech Language Pathology from UCT, and am currently a Masters in Public Health candidate.  After completing my community service in rural Northern Free State, I returned to CPT, and joined the team at Groote Schuur Hospital- it was here that my passion for Neurology and Stroke care was solidified.  After many wonderful years at GSH, I have now embarked on an adventure in Private Sector- based in Hermanus, Overberg. Besides clinical practice, I love to be involved in teaching, general up-liftment and social justice projects. It was during my year which I spent in Brasil- initially not being able to speak Portuguese- that I had a taste of what my patients with communication difficulties experience.



Prof Rajen Moodley
Specialist Physician and part time clinical lecturer at UKZN Medical School; investigator in numerous cardiovascular and metabolic studies since 1992;executive member South African Hypertension Society; founding member of FACE( Forum for Academic and Clinical Excellence KZN); CME lecturer in circuit KZN.


Prof Feroza Motara


Prof Gavin Norton 
MBBCh, BSc, BSc Hons, PhD. Ad hominem full Professor in the School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand and honorary member of the Department of Internal Medicine, Charlotte Maxeke-Johannesburg Hospital (hypertension clinic); Director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and previous Cardiovascular Block Chair of the MBBCh program, University of the Witwatersrand, where he established this teaching block. Gavin has published 152 peer-reviewed papers in largely high impact cardiovascular journals, including a number of papers in the journals Circulation (x5), Hypertension (x15), J Am CollCardiol, Circ Res, Cardiovasc Res and J Hypertens (x18). Gavin’s publications have been cited 3241 times and at least 33 papers have been cited 33 times (h-index=33). Gavin has supervised to completion 19 PhD and 15 MSc students. In recognition of his work Gavin has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award (1998), and the Young Researcher’s Special Award (1997-1998), University of the Witwatersrand. In addition Gavin has won the Phillip Tobias-Convocation Teaching Award and the 2011 Service Excellence Award. Gavin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hypertension, the official journal of the International and European Societies of Hypertension and was on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, the official journal of this Society. He is past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society (2010-2012) and currently a Board member of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Hypertension Society.


Prof Ronel Pretorius
Ronel completed a Master’s Degree (cum laude) in Critical Care Nursing and obtained a PhD in 2009.  She worked as a critical care nurse specialist until 2007 when she joined the School of Nursing Science at the North-West University.  She is currently an associate professor and also heads up the clinical education programme at the Potchefstroom Campus.  She has a funded research programme in health system strengthening in cardiovascular care and serves on various national and international professional nursing organisations. 


Prof Naresh Ranjith
Currently in private practice at the Cardiovascular Centre in Merebank and at City Hospital JMH holdings [Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Centre]. Part time at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Professor in Cardiology-teach both under and post graduate students. Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and European Society of Heart Failure.  Secretary of the South African Heart Failure Society and a member of the steering committee of the South African Hypertension Society. On numerous advisory boards and editorial boards of many international journals and a member of various international cardiac societies. Involved in research both nationally and internationally in the field of cardiology and have published over a 100 papers in this area. Now concentrating on preventing heart disease both at a primary and secondary level in our committee


Prof Brian Rayner
Brian Rayner is Head and Director of Research of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and is the immediate past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society. He graduated in M.B.Ch.B. from University of Cape Town in 1978, obtained Fellowship of the College of Medicine (SA) in 1986, and has a Master of Medicine and PhD from the University of Cape Town.  His doctoral thesis studied salt sensitivity and salt sensitive hypertension in indigenous South African people. He received the World Hypertension Le ague Award for Notable Achievement in Hypertension in 2014 in his work related to his doctorate.  Brian Rayner's active research interests are therapy of hypertension, mutations in the ENaC, genetic determinants of salt sensitivity, HIVAN, vascular calcification and chronic kidney disease, primary aldosteronism, assessing adherence in hypertensive patients, ethics of rationing dialysis therapy, AKI and genetics of severe hypertension in blacks. He has a major interest in hypertension guidelines, and together with Profs Seedat and Veriava wrote the 2014 South African Hypertension Practice Guideline. He has 98 publications in peer reviewed journals, is on the editorial board of the CVS Journal of Africa, Austen Hypertension and Nephron Clinical Practice, and acts as a reviewer for many peer reviewed international journals, has made over 100 presentations at local and international congresses and has written 6 chapters in books.


Prof Alta Schutte
Professor Aletta E Schutte is the Unit Director of the Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease. She is also the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa – hosted by the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University. She is the immediate Past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society; and President Elect of the International Society of Hypertension.



Dr Willem Stassen



Prof Joe Veriava
Presently working in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Clinical medicine at Wits, and Centre for Rural Health . Since 2012, he has been appointed by the Minister of Health, as the Chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes. He is also the Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Organ transplantation, the convener of the Academic review Committee for the medical training of students at Cuban Universities, and the Discovery Foundation Distinguished Visitor Programme for rural hospitals.


Prof Angela Woodiwiss
Angela Woodiwiss, is ad an hominem full Professor of Physiology (2010), Head of the Molecular and Cellular Laboratory and co-director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit (CPGRU), in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has 150 original publications (mostly in leading international journals in the cardiovascular field), over 3800 citations and an h-index of 35.  Professor Woodiwiss's research interests are in understanding the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, primarily hypertension and heart failure. Her research uses epidemiological and genetic approaches in human subjects, as well as in animal models. In her research, Professor Woodiwiss has unraveled the critical role of the non-cross-linked collagen and excluded other factors as mechanisms of cardiac dilatation in heart failure. Professor Woodiwiss together with Professor Norton established in 2003 the African Program on Genes in Hypertension (APOGH), the first large family-based cross-sectional and prospective population study ever conducted in Africa to identify the factors that determine ALL conventional and novel cardiovascular risk factors in groups of African ancestry. Her research into the genetic basis of hypertension focuses on the importance of gene-environment and gene-gene interactive approaches.