PROFESSOR VERNON J. LOUW
MBChB (Stell), MMed(Int Med)(Stell), PhD(HPE)(UFS)
Prof Vernon Louw is the Chair and Head of the Division of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town since April 2018. Before this, he was in private practice as a Specialist Physician and Clinical Haematologist at Panorama Mediclinic from February 2015 until March 2018. During this period, he was an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Free State, Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and Honorary Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Haematology at the University of Cape Town. Before moving to Cape Town, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein since 2013, where he was also Head of Division of Clinical Haematology from 2004 to 2013 before being appointed as the Head of the Department of Internal Medicine. After completing his MBChB and MMed in Internal Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch (both cum laude), he spent three years at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Clinical Haematology. In 2011, he obtained his PhD in Health Professions Education at the University of the Free State, studying postgraduate education in transfusion medicine.
He received numerous awards, grants and bursaries, among which the University of Stellenbosch Andries Brink medal for the best postgraduate student of all health-related disciplines in the year 2000. In 2015 he received the National South African Registrar Association Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research Supervision. He has a special interest in iron-related disorders, both iron deficiency and transfusional iron overload.
He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters with more than 200 poster and oral presentations at local, national, and international meetings and conferences.
He is a member of a number of haematological societies, including the American Society of Haematology (ASH) and the European Haematology Association (EHA).
His vision is to develop online learning platforms for haematology and transfusion medicine that could benefit healthcare in Africa. His series of educational videos on haematological topics can be found on his Vernon Louw MedEd YouTube channel.
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