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FACULTY LEADERSHIP

Professor Veerasamy 'Jeff' Yengopal
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.


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

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

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

TEACHING AND LEARNING SPECIALIST

Dr Samuel Lundie
Qualifications: 
THED (Teaching Training College Lecturer: Pretoria), BA (UNISA), BEd (Hons) (UP), MEd PhD (NWU)

HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS

Dr. P Brijlal 

Head: Oral Hygiene

Prof. J Hille 

Head: Maxillofacial and Oral Pathology & Forensic Sciences

Prof. A Harris

Head: Orthodontics

Prof. N Mohamed 

Head: Paediatric Dentistry

Dr C Cloete

Head: Conservative Dentistry

Dr RD Maart 

Head: Prosthetic Dentistry

Prof. M Chetty

Head: Oral Biology

Prof. JA Morkel 

Head: Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery and Anaesthesiology & Sedation

Dr A Jeftha

Head: Oral Medicine & Periodontology

Dr M Du Raan

Head: Anaesthesiology & Sedation

Prof D Smit

Head: Community Oral Health

Dr T Van Zyl

Head: Diagnostics and 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

Ms E Dhaya 

BDS II Year Coordinator

Dr T Van Zyl 

BDS III Year Coordinator

Dr C Peck 

BDS IV Year Coordinator

Dr C Cloete

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
Mr BS Layman

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

Masters & PhD
Mrs Z Smith

Tel: +27 (021)  937 3184
Email: zsmith@uwc.ac.za

General Enquiries
Vacant

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

Administrator - Finance and HR
Ms N Mjelo

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3183
Email: nmjelo@uwc.ac.za

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: DEAN'S OFFICE

Administrator - Dean  
Ms S 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 H Lubbe

Tel: +27 (021) 937 3003
Email: hlubbe@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