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What is the best career advice you have ever received, and why?
“Make a diagnosis, treat the condition and address the cause.”
This simple approach, which applies to every clinical scenario, was taught to me by Dr. Clive Noble, an orthopaedic surgeon, the first President of the South African Sports Medicine Association, and one of my mentors.
What does your average weekday morning look like?
4:45 am – Wake up
5:00-5.45am – Exercise
6:00 am – Wake up kids (3 times!)
7:00 am – Take kids to school (pretend I know the songs playing on the radio and get banned from singing them)
7:15 am – Arrive at work (includes coffee & breakfast–on-the-run); wade through the list of patients, often with a meeting thrown in; attend to emails, and call patients with results between consultations.
What do you consider the most memorable sporting moment you've witnessed or been a part of?
The “438” cricket game at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg between South Africa and Australia. Australia set a world record target of 434 with Ricky Ponting tearing the South African bowling apart in scoring 164 of 105 balls. Miraculously, South Africa chased down the score eventually scoring 438 thanks to 175 off 111 by Herschelle Gibbs – allegedly batting with a hangover!
I was the neutral match doctor and witnessed the ebb-and-flow of emotions in both teams as I moved between the change rooms as well as the ecstasy of the crowd.
What do you think is your most valuable contribution to the field?
I hate “blow-your-own-trumpet” questions! Probably the translation of international consensus guidelines into an accessible programme for …
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