Conference speakers

Whole-hearted 2013


Dr Maresce Bizaare
 is currently a Clinical Haematology Fellow at Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban.  She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her internship in Johannesburg.  After a stint for a few years in emergency medicine, she started the first antiretroviral clinic at her district hospital in 2004. Thereafter, she ran the tertiary level ARV clinic at Grey’s Hospital until she joined the internal medicine registrar program in 2009. In 2012 she completed her FCP (SA) after taking what she describes as the ‘scenic route’ to her passion: haematology.

Dr Sam Fehrsen has been a CMF member since 1958 as a 2nd year medical student at UCT.  He did his internship at McCord Hospital in Durban in preparation for work in the Dutch Reformed Medical Mission in Transkei.  He was there for ten years with his wife Jenneke.  They came to Pretoria in 1975 with three daughters and now have six grand children.  After spending 20 years at Medunsa as head of the Dept of Family Medicine he joined a managed health care company Enablemed.  Sam and Jenneke receive a group of medical and allied CMF students from the University of Pretoria alternating monthly with Martien and Mies Bac at their respective homes.  They discuss matters of medical practice and faith in this mentoring programme after a meal together.  At these occasions we encourage one another to better contend for the gospel of Christ within our profession.  One of these themes is that of person-centred care as campaigned so strongly by Paul Tournier many years ago.

Dr Jan Kuehne
, better known as Dr Jan Kunene, started his Christian journey while in his first year at UCT.  He was very involved in student governance and the CMF Student Society.  He eventually graduated from University of Cape Town medical school in ‘97.  After completing his community service, he nomadically roamed Southern Africa as the CMF student secretary (also earning a quick buck as a locum doctor) till mid-2006.  He prayed, and landed up in GF Jooste Hospital in Manenberg, the last place he really wanted to be.  In 2009, he decided to practice in an ARV Clinic in Khayelitsha, and is presently completing his Masters in Family Medicine.

Dr Henry Sunpath
 is a specialist physician in Family Medicine, consultant in HIV medicine and public health researcher in the HIV and TB programme at McCord Hospital in Durban. He is also affiliated with the academic programme at the Infectious Disease Unit at NRM School of Medicine and the Center for AIDS Research at Harvard Medical School. He is the scientific director of the Annual Workshop of Advanced Clinical Care (AWACC)-AIDS, being held in Durban for the last 7 years. His main clinical and research interests are in the management of patients failing ART and the management of PLHIV who present with advanced disease.

As a Christian, he is challenged to find pathways of care for PLHIV that have a risk for high mortality in the hospitals. He has been involved with implementing comprehensive care guidelines to treat the sickest patients efficiently and get them onto ART as soon as possible. This requires a mindset that is able go the extra mile in providing excellent standards of care that will bring hope to people who are about to die. Many also have the opportunity to hear and receive the gospel of salvation “that brings life and immortality” through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is married to Dr Christina Edwin, a palliative medicine Physician working at McCord hospital in the inpatient ART programme. They have three teenage children. He is also a Bible teacher among the Christian brethren assemblies. They have been involved in gospel and medical outreach work in India.

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