We get one question on our Diabetic South Africans Facebook page every week: please can you recommend a diabetes specialist in (a certain city)?
And then we ask the diabetes community, and get amazing answers. So I thought it would be helpful to compile all of those answers in one place. If you’re looking for a diabetes specialist, take a look at the list below. I’ve included comments in italics when people had something specific to say. And if you have a diabetes specialist to recommend, please share! You can either comment on this page or on the Diabetic South Africans Facebook page.
These are all diabetic specialists recommended by the diabetes community – endocrinologists, doctors and a few diabetes educators.
Joburg diabetes specialists:
Prof Wing at Donald Gorden Institute – (011) 356-6000. Amazing. He changed my life 4 years ago!
Dr Adri Kok, Union Hospital, Alberton
CDE in Houghton – 011 712 6000
Fantastic facility! I’m under the superb control and guidance of Dr. Stanley Landau.
1) Doctors and endocrinologists.
4) Lancet Laboratory
Doesn’t get much better than this!
Dr Mayet at CDE Houghton is a diabetologist, Dr David Segal specializes in paediatric diabetes.
Depends on whether you have medical aid or not. As a private patient the fees are less than for medical aids.
Dr Segal is a pediatric diabetic endocrinologist and excellent with children.
Dr Debbie Gordon at the Centre for Diabetes – 011 356 6040. She is absolutely amazing.
Podiatrist – Rae Bernstein
Diabetic Nurse Educator – Vanessa Brown
Ophthalmologist – Dr Peter Van Lingen/Dr A Taylor Donald
Tabitha Hume is a really helpful registered dietician.
Dr Erasmus and associates in Benoni: Dr Erasmus is the best
Diabetic Clinic at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital ???
Johannesburg Hospital (Charlotte Maxeke) has the best diabetic specialist in SA
Diabetic Educator Charlotte Meschede at Parkmore Medical Centre
Dr Reyneke at Life Springs Parkland
Dr Chiba at Clinton Hospital Alberton
Dr Andre Pieterse, Linksfield
Dr Jhetam: ophthalmologist at Milpark Hospital and private clinic in Lenasia
Centurion diabetes specialists:
Dr Wynand Jacobs near Unitas Centurion – he is the best!
Pretoria diabetes specialists:
Dr Jacobus van Dyk in Pretoria – the best ever
Dr Betsie Klopper in Pretoria/Hatfield.
Dr. Smit at Pretoria East Hospital
Dr Helena Oosthuizen at Pretoria East Hospital
Boksburg diabetes specialist:
Dr Coenie Venter, Healthworx in Boksburg
Secunda diabetes specialists:
Jeannie Berg is a diabetes educator at Kosmos Pharmacy
Dr Bahadur – 0176381253
Witbank diabetes specialists:
Dr Lombard and Kate Ratcliff at the Diabetic Clinic in Witbank – 013 697 2407
I have been with them for almost 8 years now and have got my HBA1C from 10.8 to 6.0. They arrange all your yearly appointments with Kate, the diabetic educator, the podiatrist, eye specialist and dietitian. You also see Dr Lombard every time you see the previously mentioned people. They have received awards with the medical association and are all just awesome!
Dr Kathy Bridgens: opthamologist
Durban diabetes specialists:
Dr Diab in the Kloof area (Highway Diabetes Centre – 031 7658741). Fantastic!
Dr Randeree at Parklands is an endocrinologist
Dr Pillay in Westville. He is a paediatric endocrinologist.
Dr Govender, Sedeshan Soobramoney – very good specialist
Dr Jairam at Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti. Very happy with him.
Dr Jo Skelton (endocrinologist) is incredible
Fiona Prins is a diabetic specialist par excellence
Dr Govender in Umhlunga
Julie Peacock is a Registered Dietitian practising in the Durban North, KZN area. She has lived with Type 1 diabetes for the last 43 years!
Pietermaritzburg diabetes specialists:
Dr Devan Gounder based at Netcare St Anne’s Medical Centre
Dr A.Y.D. Moosa – 033 3456222. He is also the MD of Midlands Medical Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. He is brilliant!
Kate Bristow is an excellent diabetes educator
Hilton diabetes specialist:
Dr Claudine Lee in Hilton
Welkom diabetes specialist:
Dr. Colyn: Internist at MediClinic Welkom
Port Elizabeth diabetes specialist:
East London diabetes specialist:
Unathi Daweti: diabetes nurse educator
She is the best…
Cape Town diabetes specialists:
Dr Hennie Nortje – N1 City Medical Chambers – 021 595 0922/3
Prof Francois Bonnici, UCT Hospital
It is a referral hospital but has an amazing team in Endocrinology. Prof Zollner is amazing!
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
Also popular with those of us with no medical aid!
Tracy Ugarchund, dietician with a special interest in diabetes: Constantiaberg Mediclinic
Want to get involved in the diabetes community? Here’s what you can do.
5 Steps to starting your own support group:
If you don’t have a support group in your area and you want to start one, here’s what you need to do!
- Spread the word: tell everyone you know with diabetes in your area, post on our Facebook page and blog, and put up notices in the community and even in the local newspaper.
- Find a suitable space that you can hold the meetings (for free).
- Find a diabetes educator or a clinic sister who can be at each meeting to answer questions.
- Get some diabetic-friendly snacks and free Sweet Life magazines.
- Meet once a month to support each another.
And finally, educate others too! Sometimes getting involved is as easy as being honest about diabetes.
Let us know (in the comments) if you’ve started a support group, and we’ll spread the word on the Diabetic South Africans Facebook page.