Prof Zühlke Takes Up Acting Deputy Dean of Research Position

26 Apr 2021 - 12:00

CHDRU Director, Professor Liesl Zühlke, will be taking up the Acting Deputy Dean of Research position within UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences from 1 May 2021. Here's what the Dean's Desk had to say:

I am pleased to announce that Professor Liesl Zühlke has accepted my invitation to be Acting Deputy Dean: Research from 1 May 2021 to the 31 October 2021 or until a permanent appointment is confirmed. Liesl will be in the Deanery three days a week during this acting period. Liesl holds an MB CHB DCH FCPaeds Cert Card MPH FACC FESC MSc PHD. She is a paediatric cardiologist at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and directs the Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit focused on family-centred research into Children’s Heart Diseases of relevance in Africa.

Her research projects span Congenital and Rheumatic Heart Disease, HIV in adolescents, Grown-Up Congenital Heart Disease and cardiac disease in women of childbearing age.

She is an NRF-rated researcher with an H-Index of 40 and over 28 000 citations. A multi-award winning scholar, Liesl has contributed substantially to leadership nationally, continentally and globally. As the only womxn Full Professor of Paediatric Cardiology in the country, she is an active and vociferous advocate for the advancement and empowerment of womxn in the health sciences.

Her greatest joy in life is family: her husband Alexander, a plastic surgeon, her children, Gabriel and Eli, and she loves hiking and enjoying nature with them and their dogs.

Baie dankie, Liesl, dat u gereed is om saam met ons te dien.

With deep gratitude
Associate Professor Lionel Green-Thompson
Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences

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