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South African Medical Research Council Announces Prof. Ntobeko Ntusi as incoming President and CEO

Prof Ntobeko NtusiThe South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Prof. Ntobeko Ntusi as its new President and CEO, effective 1 July 2024. Prof Ntusi will succeed the esteemed Prof Glenda Gray, who has been the SAMRC President for the past ten years and whose term concludes on 30 June 2024.

A distinguished and highly respected figure in the medical community, Prof. Ntusi brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to his new role. His lifelong passion for evidence-based healthcare, health systems research, and universal health coverage has positioned him as a trailblazer in medical research.

Prof. Ntusi's commitment to advancing medical research and his passion for improving healthcare outcomes align perfectly with the SAMRC's mission to advance the nation’s health and quality of life and to address inequity by conducting and funding relevant and responsive health research, capacity development, innovation, and research translation.

Prof. Ntusi shared his enthusiasm for the new role: "I am honoured and excited to lead the SAMRC. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at SAMRC to further our impact on healthcare and research, driving positive change in South Africa and beyond."

Prof. Ntusi's leadership spans various national, regional, and international platforms, where he has played pivotal roles in shaping academic agendas and postgraduate medical education standards and advancing key strategic priorities. His commitment to mentoring young professionals and supervising postgraduate students underscores his passion for nurturing the next generation of medical leaders.

Prof Ntusi is currently a Cardiologist, the Head of the Department of Medicine, and the Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and cardiovascular computed tomography at Groote Schuur Hospital. He is also the Professorial Chair of the Department of Medicine, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He serves as the Director of the South African Medical Research Council/University of Cape Town Extramural Unit on the Intersection of Non-communicable Diseases and Infectious Diseases.

He holds numerous qualifications including Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Cardiovascular Medicine and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Cardiology from the University of Oxford, St. Cross College and the University of Cape Town respectively, making him a prominent figure in the medical field. His vision for the SAMRC aligns with its commitment to advancing medical research and improving health outcomes for all.

Prof. Ntusi's tenure promises to uphold and build upon the SAMRC's legacy of excellence and dedication to advancing medical research and healthcare in South Africa.

For more enquiries please contact:

Tendani Tsedu
SAMRC Head of Corporate Marketing and Communications
Cell: 082 945 1980

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