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Faculty Leadership

Qualifications: BChD (UWC), MChD (SU), BScHons (USB), PhD (UWC)
Position: Dean

Biography

Professor Veerasamy Yengopal was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry in October 2021, having previously served for many years as Head of Community Dentistry at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof Yengopal is no stranger to UWC - he earned his BChD in Dentistry from the University many years ago, and returned for his PhD in Dental Health / Community Dentistry 25 years later. (In between, he also earned his MChD in Community Dentistry from Stellenbosch University and his BSc Honours in Epidemiology from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.)

He is recognised among his peers as an academic with an outstanding publication record and excellent leadership skills. His areas of interest include child oral health, HIV/AIDS, evidence-based dentistry and dental epidemiology. He has published extensively and has presented at international conferences in most parts of the world, and established himself as an expert in evidence-based healthcare, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. 

He has worked with the National Oral Health Directorate and the Department of Health on strategy documents, teaching and research initiatives, outreach prevention programmes, quality assurance, patient satisfaction, evidence-based interventions, referral systems and CPD activities. He was also a key player in the drafting of the Revised National Oral Health Strategy Document for South Africa. 

His work is quoted extensively and serves as core evidence that informs on policy and evidence-based clinical decision making, and has been used as evidence to guide policy and treatment decisions by leading healthcare institutions such as the American Dental Association, National Health System (NHS – UK), the Cochrane Library, and the Forsythe Institute at Harvard.

Qualifications: BChD, MChD (UWC)
Position: Deputy Dean: Academic (including Teaching and Learning)

Qualifications: BChD, MChD (SU), PGDip PhD (UWC)
Position: Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies

Qualifications: THED (Teaching Training College Lecturer: Pretoria), BA (UNISA), BEd (Hons) (UP), MEd PhD (NWU)
Position: Teaching and Learning Specialist/Senior Lecturer

Qualification: BA, MPA (UWC)
Position: Faculty Manager
Email: dentistry@uwc.ac.za
Tel: 021 937 3188
Fax: 021 931 2287

Dean's Office Staff

Position: Dean's Administrator

Heads of Departments

Prof. P Brijlal 

Head: Oral Hygiene

Prof. D Smit

Head: Community Dentistry

Prof. N Mohamed

Head: Orthodontics & Paediatric Dentistry

Dr G Hein

Head: Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery

Prof. RZ Adam

Head: Prosthodontics

Dr. A Jeftha

Head: Oral Medicine & Periodontology

Prof. M Chetty

Head: Craniofacial Biology, Pathology & Radiology

 

Year Coordinators

BOH YEAR COORDINATORS

Ms R Cader 

BOH I Year Coordinator

Ms K Viljoen   

BOH II Year Coordinator

Ms C Rayner

BOH III Year Coordinator

BDS YEAR COORDINATORS

Dr A Mohamed

BDS I Year Coordinator

Dr J Ziegler

BDS II Year Coordinator

Ms M Samuels

BDS III Year Coordinator

Dr C Gordon

BDS IV Year Coordinator

Dr N Noordien

BDS V Year Coordinator

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

BDS Programme
Ms N Benjamin

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3185
Email: nbenjamin@uwc.ac.za

BOH Programme 
Mr S Cozyn

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3022
Email: scozyn@uwc.ac.za

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

PGDip
Ms C Boschman

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3101
Email: cboschman@uwc.ac.za

Masters & PhD
Vacant

Tel: +27 (021)  937 3184
Email: 

General Enquiries
Vacant

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3188
Email: dentistry@uwc.ac.za

Administrator - Finance and HR
Vacant

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3183
Email: 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: DEAN'S OFFICE

Administrator - Dean  
Ms Suzette Oosthuizen

Tel: +27 (021)  937 3002
Email: soosthuizen@uwc.ac.za

Administrator - Deputy Dean: Academic  
Ms I van der Rheede

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3004  
Email: ijooste@uwc.ac.za

Administrator - Deputy Dean: Research
Ms N Titus

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3003
Email: netitus@uwc.ac.za


 

Patient Treatment Enquiries

Tygerberg Oral Health Centre

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3030/3111
 

Mitchells Plain Oral Health Centre

Tel: +27 (021) 370 4400

 
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