Head of Division:Professor A.J.W. Millar, Charles FM Saint Professor of Surgery
The department functions as a tertiary health care centre for paediatric surgery for the University of Cape Town and the Red Cross Hospital. The department is a national/international centre for postgraduate paediatric surgical career development and is accredited with the HPCSA.
An extensive surgical outreach programme is in existence primarily to improve the surgical care of children at secondary and primary health care levels. The division is regarded as a national centre for organ transplantation, specialized hepato-biliary surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, oncology and burn care in children.
Research is being conducted in the department into a wide variety of aspects of paediatric surgical practice including gastrointestinal surgery, minimal invasive surgery, trauma care and prevention, liver and renal transplantation, renovascular hypertension, burn therapy, pain assessment and management, conjoined twins and common diseases of Africa including tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Financial support is received from the MRC, Pharmaceutical companies, private donations and from the Lombardi Government in Italy.