Durban Living Legend – Prof Thandinkosi Madiba

Professor Thandinkosi Enos Madiba was a Professor of Surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Head of the Colorectal Unit at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. He was born in Umkomaas in November of 1949. He is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Madiba has a distinguished career in research and has an active interest in Research Ethics.

He is founder of the Colorectal Cancer and Stoma Support Group as well as the UKZN Surgical Society. Madiba has played and continues to play an active role in the official structures of the University and the medical School by contributing to policy and strategy formulation. He has championed transformation at the Medical School and has initiated numerous sessions that have promoted and encouraged the notion of black women surgeons. He was the Director of GI Cancer Research Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He retired from UKZN in 2016.

His achievements includes the following awards:

  • Best MMed, Adcock Ingram 1995
  • Distinguished Teacher’s Award, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2008
  • Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2003
  • Teddy Sarkin Best Lecturer Award, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • International Scholarship, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, 2002
  • Best Seminar Price, Ethicon, 1986

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