Our Board Members

Meet the Board of Directors behind SFLL

 

Launched in May 2015, Surgeons for Little Lives is a registered non-profit organisation, with a powerful commitment to saving the lives of sick children.

 

Our Board Members and Directors are strictly volunteers of the organization. They strive to make it possible, with the support of our members, for very sick children and their families to receive a standard of care that matches the standard of skill of their surgeons.

Prof. Jerome Alexander Loveland

Prof. Jerome Alexander Loveland

Chairman of Surgeons for Little Lives

MBBCh(Wits), FCS(SA)(Wits), Cert Paed Surg(SA)(Wits)

Prof Loveland is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Head of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. His interests include Oncology, Neonatal Surgery, Hepato-biliary surgery, General Paediatric Surgery and Urology.

Together with the Department of Health and Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK), a new paediatric surgery clinic at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital was built which is aimed at overcoming infrastructural and capacity challenges. This project plays an important role in improving access to quality healthcare for children. Mothers are primary caregivers and that makes them the best nurses, this sleep-over facility means that they can stay and support their child’s recovery. The laundry facility has allowed them feel as comfortable as possible as they can sleep in their own pajamas and bedding that is donated by Surgeons for Little Lives.

Dr Andrew Grieve

Dr Andrew Grieve

Director

MBBCh(WITS), FCPS(SA), MMED Surgery(WITS)

Andrew serves as the Head of General Paediatric Surgery at the NMCH. He holds an honorary Senior Lectures post at the University of the Witwatersrand Department of Paediatric Surgery and is a Director for Surgeons for Little Lives.

He is an experienced Paediatric surgeon who holds a special interest in Paediatric hepatobiliary, oncology and urology. He has published multiple peer reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on improving paediatric surgical care. This dedication to the field of paediatric surgery is demonstrated in his use of technology to promote access to world renowned experts on podcasts freely available.

He manages small projects at Surgeons for Little Lives.

Dr Chris Westgarth-Taylor

Dr Chris Westgarth-Taylor

Vice Chairman

B.Sc(UCT), B.Sc(Med) (Hons) (UCT), MB, ChB(Stell), MRCS(England), FC Paed Surg(SA)(UCT)

Chris completed his Paediatric Surgical training at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in 2010. Since then he has been working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

His surgical interest lie in Paediatric Colorectal Surgery and Surgical raining. He has developed the Paediatric Colorectal Unit in which he is the lead surgeon.

Chris is also a co-founder of ‘Surgeons for little lives’ and is thus very passionate about it.

His main hobby is mountain biking, and through this platform raises money for the charity.

 

Dr Ellen Mapunda

Dr Ellen Mapunda

Director

Cert Paediatric Surgery (SA), MB BS Malawi, MMed (Surg) Pret.

The head of Paediatric Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Doctor since 1995. Surgeon since 2005. Paediatric surgeon since 2009. I love teaching because I learn from it. My patients have been my number one teachers, followed by students at all levels. Undergraduates are my favourites.

Of all achievements/accolades, one I am most proud of/grateful for is “MamaThemba”.

Dr Nirav Patel

Dr Nirav Patel

Director

BA(Hons) (Canada), MA (Wits), MBBCh (Wits), Mmed (Wits), FC Paed Surg (SA).

Dr Nirav Patel is a consultant paediatric surgeon at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the busiest hospital in Africa, world-renowned for its training excellence. Dr Patel holds a post as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and has a strong interest in academic research, with multiple peer-reviewed publications in local and international journals and textbook contributions.  Dr Patel has a strong commitment to surgical education, serving as the President of the South African Society for Surgeons in Training (SASSiT) during his registrarship.

Dr Patel has had an interesting path to Paediatric Surgery first obtaining an undergraduate degree in the Arts (BA(Hons)) from the University of Alberta, Canada, followed by a postgraduate degree in the Arts (MA) from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2006, Dr Patel took the step of pursuing a degree in Medicine through the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained both his undergraduate (MBBCh) and postgraduate (MMed) medical degrees. Upon completion of his community service, Dr Patel spent 6 months working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Somaliland. Drawn to surgery Dr Patel entered the Wits General Surgery programme upon his return to South Africa, in which he spent 2 years, before beginning his journey in Paediatric Surgery. Doctor Patel completed training in 2019 and was admitted as a Fellow of the College of Paediatric Surgeons of South Africa (FC Paed Surg). Dr Patel is passionate about Paediatric Surgery and its equitable provision to the wider community.

Dr Patel’s current memberships include:

  • College of Paediatric Surgeons of South Africa
  • South African Association of Paediatric Surgeons
Adelle Wapnick

Adelle Wapnick

Strategy and Marketing Portfolio Director

BA (Wits), MSc (HEC, Oxford) in Coaching and Consulting for Change, ACC (UCT GSB), Ontological Coaching (Newfield Institute), Time to Think Facilitator (Nancy Klein), Dare to Lead Certified (Brene Brown)

Founder and Managing Director of Cross Colours Design & Advertising agency, Adelle sold her business to Lowe (IPG) and became CEO of MullenLowe South Africa. Her agency developed the naming and identity of Surgeons for Little Lives, when she then joined the Board. Having had 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, she changed professions and is now a full time Executive Coach for SA’s top corporates.

Mpumelelo is an affable gentleman with many years’ experience in sports broadcast television media. He is a renowned international cricket commentator and presenter who has worked on various broadcasts around the world including ICC Cricket World Cups, ICC Champions Trophies and the IPL from its inception. He has been one of the cricket anchors on SuperSport in South Africa for 15 years.

Formerly an international cricketer, he transitioned well into broadcasting and is well able to use that experience in delivering his work on television as well as radio and even sometimes in print.

His professions include being a cricket player, cricket coach & broadcaster. He also holds various achievements and awards.

Mpumelelo Mbangwa

Mpumelelo Mbangwa

Director

 

Mpumelelo is an affable gentleman with many years’ experience in sports broadcast television media. He is a renowned international cricket commentator and presenter who has worked on various broadcasts around the world including ICC Cricket World Cups, ICC Champions Trophies and the IPL from its inception. He has been one of the cricket anchors on SuperSport in South Africa for 15 years.

Formerly an international cricketer, he transitioned well into broadcasting and is well able to use that experience in delivering his work on television as well as radio and even sometimes in print.

His professions include being a cricket player, cricket coach & broadcaster. He also holds various achievements and awards.

Ellen Ngcongo

Ellen Ngcongo

Outreach Programme Manager

 

Ellen Ngcongo heads-up our Monday outreach Programme.

She heads up small projects and oversees our volunteers.