University of Cape Town

5H49 Old Main Building, University of Cape Town
Observatory, Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
+27 21 404 5108
(departmental website “under construction”)

Chief Director of Orthopaedic Department
Professor Robert Dunn


Hospital’s Mission
As an academic health centre, we will strive to provide outstanding tertiary and quaternary care for the patients of the Western Cape and beyond.
We will promote excellence in teaching and research.

Year Founded

Hospital Type

University Affiliations
University of Cape Town

• Undergraduate and post-graduate education with UCT accredited by Health Professions
• Council of South Africa as well as Department of Education
• AOSpine reference centre

Hospital Awards/Recognitions
• AOSpine reference centre with funded long term spine fellowship and frequent observerships
• First heart transplant in the world

Leadership Appointments
Robert Dunn – President of College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President of South African Spine Society, Chairman of Southern Africa AOSpine. SRS member

Other consultants prominant players in their fields – eg Mike Solomons editorial board for J Hand Surgery (British and Euro)

Number of Orthopaedic Residents

Length of Residency
4.5 years plus 1.5 pre-residency program

Number of Orthopaedic Fellows

Length of fellowship
One year

Fellowship categories
Spine (2), lower limb arthoplasty, Upper limb (not every year)

Is CME required in your country?
Yes, 30 general points per year plus 6 ethical points per year

Does your hospital/center conduct CME programs?
Yes, 5 per year

Average number of peer reviewed articles published annually
38 last year

Number of beds
102 at GSH plus 72 at affiliated Paediatric Hospital

Total number of active medical staff (MDs)
Orthopaedic Surgeons – 8 full time, 12 sessional
Rheumatologists – 3 (separate department)

Number of scientists
None in department but present in Health Faculty

Type of research
Mostly clinically, retrospective. slowly developing prospective research. Some contract research.
A little basic science – have potential to cooperate with other members of University faculty.

Amount of grant funding received annually

Number of full time employees
depends on definition, state hospital supplies nurses

Number of operating rooms
4 at GSH, 1 at Paediatric Hospital

Number of orthopaedic surgeries
Ambulatory – 2024 (Hands)
Inpatient – 3461 adult plus 2024 Paediatrics

Number of outpatient visits to orthopaedists, rheumatologists, and other medical services
around 36000 (another 7000 to Rheumatologists)

Other pertinant institutional information
We are one of 5 training hospital groups in the country. Our training platform consists of Groote Schuur, Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Maitland Cottage Childrens Hospital. We drain a regional population of 4.5 million plus those seeking care from out side our province. We have a high trauma and infection (TB) load but provide service and training across the spectrum. As HOD, I oversee the whole Orthopaedic service and training programs as well as personally provide the spine surgery component of the service.