Dean and Head of School



Prof  Ncoza Dlova


(031) 260 4530



Nelson Mandela School of Medicine

Research Interests


Dean: Clinical Medicine


Ncoza Dlova is an Associate Professor, Chief Specialist
and Head of Department of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of
Medicine (NRMSM), Durban, South Africa. She co-ordinates undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching and research programmes within the department.
She qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Dermatology Specialist from the
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa and was awarded her PhD in
2015. Her research interests are on: Ethnic Skin and Hair, Pigmentation
disorders, as well as HIV and Skin. Dlova was one of the first two African
female Dermatologists to qualify from South Africa and the First from UKZN
and has subsequently trained 20 other African dermatologists and supervised
15 MMed Sci and Masters students. Her passion for teaching and good
leadership has culminated in her receiving the best teacher and leader awards
in her department .
She is the inaugural President of the African Womens Dermatology Society,
whose aim is to mentor young SA dermatologists as well as actively
participate in community outreach and consumer education on issues of skin
and hair
She spearheaded and drove a “National Antiskin Bleaching Campaign”which
culminated in a march on the 26th August 2016 in Durban.

Prof Dlova is the member of the International Society of
Dermatology (ISD) and serves as an Executive member for the Maria Duran
Fellowship subcommittee, member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa,
Senior Examiner, Convener and member of the SA College of Dermatologists,
American Women’s Dermatology Society. She is an Executive member of the newly
formed African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) and was quite
instrumental and active in the formation of the ASDV (2016). She was the
President of the successful and 1st International Dermatology Congress (CCD)
held in South Africa under the auspices of the intenational society of
In 2015, the Minister of health in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) awarded the
Dermatology Department under her leadership as one of the Public Centres of
Excellence in KZN after she personally raised funds to the value of R500 000
to refurbish the dilapidated public hospital clinic.
In 2016 she raised funds to the value of R900 000 as part of her department’s
outreach programme to assist in the training of basic dermatology to about
400 primary health care care givers in KZN. Her passion for education has led
to the compilation of a locally relevant textbook on common skin conditions
this is aimed at all Medical students in SA as well as educational pamphlets
and video material educating patients about their skin conditions.
In the pipeline is a pocket book aimed at primary and high schools,
addressing skin and hair care concerns of black South Africans, as well as
plans to include hair and skin care in the life orientation syllabus of
In 2016 Dlova was elected as the International member of the prestigious
American Dermatology Association in recognition of her local and
international contribution to dermatology and will be inducted in Boston, USA
in June 2017.


List of Publications

O. S. Katibi, NC. Dlova,
A. Mosam. Cutaneous cytomegalovirus infection on a
multi-dermatomal herpes zoster scar: an isotopic immmune response.
Clin Exp Dermatol. 2015 Jan;40(1):42-4. doi: 10.1111/ced.12477. Epub

Lal K, Dlova N, Mosam A, Khoza N. An infant presenting with
multiple scalp ulcers.
 Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Nov-Dec;31(6):729-30.
doi: 10.1111/pde.12488.

Dlova NC,   Hamed SH,
Tsoka-Gwegweni  J, Grobler A. Skin lightening practices: an
epidemiological study amongst South African women of African and Indian
ancestry.(accepted Br J Dermatol  June 2014, proof attached).

Dlova NC,   Hamed SH,
Tsoka-Gwegweni  J, Grobler A . An epidemiological study on
knowledge and perceptions of the benefits and risks of skin lightening creams
amongst Black and Indian women in South Africa. (accepted :Jnl
Cosmetic Dermatol  June ,2014, proof attached).

Dlova CN, Goh CL , Patch
Testing in occupational allergic contact dermatitis ,  Occupational
Health  Journal.2010 Sept/Oct 16(5):34-36.

Mars M, Dlova CN. Teledermatology
by videoconference: Experience of a pilot project. SA Fam Pract 2008;

Dlova CN, Mosam A. Noninfectious
Dermatoses in HIV/AIDS. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):439-48.

Mosam A, Dlova CN.  HIV/AIDS
in Subsaharan Africa. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):421-9

Morar N, Dlova CNCutaneous
manifestations of HIV in an outpatient clinic KwaZulu –Natal, South Africa.
Int J Dermatol 2006: 45; 8: 1006-1007.

Plessis P
African Childhood Atopic Eczema Working Group
.  Childhood
atopic eczema consensus document. S
Afr Med J.
 2005 Jun; 95(6 Pt 2):435-40.

Tanaka S, Matsumoto Y, Dlova N, Ostlere
LS, Goldsmith PC, Rycroft RJ, Basketter DA, White IR, Banerjee P, McFadden
JP. Immediate
contact reactions to fragrance mix constituents and Myroxylon pereirae resin.
Dermatitis. 2004 Jul;51(1):20-1

Morar N, Dlova CN. Tinea capitis in
Children, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Pediatr Dermatol. 2004 Jul-
Aug; 21(4):444-7

Mosam A, Irusen E.M, Kagoro H. Aboobaker J, Dlova
 The impact of HIV/AIDS on skin diseases in KwaZulu
Natal, SouthAfrica. Int J Dermatol. 2004 Oct; 43(10):782-3.

Ramdial, Dlova CN, Sydney C.
Cytomegalovirus neuritis in perineal ulcers.J Cut Pathol.2002Aug; 29(7):439-44

K Ramdial, Mosam A, Dlova CN, B Satar
N, Abbobaker J, Singh SM.   Disseminated   cutaneous
histoplasmosis in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. J Cut
Pathol.2002 Apr; 29(4): 215-25

Gupta A, Paul Adam, Dlova CN. et
al.  Therapeutic options for the treatment of Tinea Capitis caused by
Trichophyton species: Griseofulvin versus the new oral antifungal agents
terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole, Pediatr Dermatol. 2001 Sep-Oct; 18
(5): 433-8.

Gupta A, Dlova CN. et al.
Once weekly Fluconazole is effective in the treatment of Tinea Capitis, Br.
J. of  Dermatol, 2000,142: 965-968.

Morar N, Dlova C.N. Erythroderma and
the impact of H.I.V., International Journal of Dermatology, 1999, 38:895 –

Morar N, Ramdial P.K. Dlova CN.
“Lues Maligna”, Br. J. Dermatol, 1999, 140: 1175-1177.

Gupta A, Dlova CN. Morar N.
Fluconazole: intermittent short duration therapy is effective in the
treatment of tinea capitis. Br. J. Dermatology, 1999, 141:304 – 306.

Ramdial P.K. Morar N. Dlova CN.
HIV Eosinophilic folliculitis and HIV, American Journal of Dermatopathology,
– 1999, 21(3): 241 – 246

retrospective study on the clinical presentation and treatment outcome of
melasma in a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore.
CL, Dlova CN.

spectrum of skin diseases in a black population in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa.
 Dlova NC, Mankahla A, Madala N,
Grobler A, Tsoka-Gwegweni J, Hift RJ. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Apr 16. doi:
10.1111/ijd.12589. PMID: 24738608

infection predisposes skin to toxic epidermal necrolysis via
depletion of skin-directed CD4? T cells.
 Yang C, Mosam
A, Mankahla A, Dlova N, Saavedra A. J Am Acad
Dermatol. 2014 Jun;70(6):1096-102. doi:
10.1016/j.jaad.2013.12.025. PMID: 24629995

dominant inheritance of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia in
black South Africans.
 Dlova NC, Jordaan FH, Sarig O, Sprecher
E. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Apr;70(4):679-682.e1. doi:
10.1016/j.jaad.2013.11.035. PMID: 24480456

acquired true total and subtotal leukonychia: report of two cases.
 Dlova NC,
Tosti A. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Apr;53(4):e261-3. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12295.
Epub 2013 Oct 14. PMID: 24116394

fibrosing alopecia in an African man.
 Dlova NC, Goh
CL. Int J Dermatol. 2013 Aug 22. doi:
10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05821.x. PMID: 23968222

melanin production inhibitors from Garcinia livingstonei(Clusiaceae).
DA, Mwangi EM, Dlova NC, Plant N, Crouch NR, Coombes PH. J
Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Sep 16;149(2):570-5. doi:
10.1016/j.jep.2013.07.023. PMID: 23891889

on the dangers and abuse of skin lighteners in Africa.
 Dlova NC,
Ajose F. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Jun;53(6):e335-7. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12221.
Epub 2013 Jul 24. PMID: 23879291

analysis and in vitro UV-protection characteristics of clays traditionally
used for sun protection in South Africa.
 Dlova NC, Nevondo FT,
Mwangi EM, Summers B, Tsoka-Gwegweni J, Martincigh BS, Mulholland
DA. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2013 Jun;29(3):164-9. doi:
10.1111/phpp.12042. PMID: 23651277

fibrosing alopecia: a clinical review of 20 black patients from South Africa.
 Dlova NC,
Jordaan HF, Skenjane A, Khoza N, Tosti A. Br J Dermatol. 2013
Oct;169(4):939-41. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12424. PMID: 23647261

creams used in Durban, South Africa.
 Dlova NC, Hendricks
NE, Martincgh BS. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov;51 Suppl 1:51-3,
56-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05566.x. English, French. PMID:

centrifugal cicatricial alopecia: possible familial aetiology in two African
families from South Africa.
 Dlova NC, Forder M. Int J
Dermatol. 2012 Nov;51 Suppl 1:17-20, 20-3. doi:
10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05557.x. English, French. PMID: 23210944

fibrosing alopecia and lichen planus pigmentosus: is there a link?
 Dlova NC. Br
J Dermatol. 2013 Feb;168(2):439-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11146.x.
Epub 2012 Oct 5. PMID: 22803712

 Mycetoma. Dlova NC,
Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 May-Jun;10(3):181. PMID: 22779102

frontal fibrosing alopecia.
 Dlova N, Goh CL, Tosti A. Br J
Dermatol. 2013 Jan;168(1):220-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11101.x. Epub
2012 Sep 13. PMID: 22716508

Bartonella quintana-induced
vulval bacillary angiomatosis.
 Ramdial PK, Sing
Y, Ramburan A, Dlova NC, Bagratee JS, Calonje E. Int
J Gynecol Pathol. 2012 Jul;31(4):390-4. doi:
10.1097/PGP.0b013e31823f8463. PMID: 22653356

 Actinomycetoma. Dlova NC,
Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 Mar-Apr;10(2):98. PMID: 22545325

molluscum in an HIV-positive patient.
 Dlova NC. Skinmed.
2010 Nov-Dec;8(6):350. PMID: 21413652

vulgaris in an HIV-positive patient.
 Dlova NC. Skinmed.
2010 Sep-Oct;8(5):296. PMID: 21137642

cutaneous histoplasmosis.
 Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010
Mar-Apr;8(2):110. PMID: 20527146


Dlova NC, Mosam A. South Africa’s first time hosting the
3rd continental congress of the international society of dermatology and the
65th annual   dermatology meeting. Expert Rev Dermatol. 8 (2),00.

Dlova CN. Annual Congress of the
Dermatological Society of South Africa, Durban International Convention
Centre, April 17-20, 2002.  Skinmed. 2002 Nov-Dec; 1(2):151-2.


 *Dlova CN, Mosam A.

A Clinical Atlas of Skin Conditions in HIV/AIDS: An
illustrated   management guide for healthcare professionals. Published
by the Health and medical Publishing Group of the South African Medical
Association ISBN 1-875098-40-2 2005

*Dlova CN, Mosam A.

A Clinical Atlas of Skin Conditions in HIV/AIDS: An
illustrated management guide for healthcare professionals. Published by
the Health and medical Publishing Group of the South African Medical
Association ISBN 1-875098-40-2 2010


1.         Dlova NC,
Morar N. Use and abuse of topical steroids  for textbook entitled “Dermatology
for Skin of Color”
.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul
Kelly(McGraw-Hill) July 2004

2.         Morar
N,  Dlova NC. Use and abuse of hydroquinone for
textbook entitled “Dermatology for Skin of Color”.Editors Susan
Taylor and Paul  Kelly(McGraw-Hill) July 2004

3.         Dlova
, Mosam A. Histoplasmosis:  for “Digital Clinical Decision
Support Dermatology” 
textbook, 2010 (in Press)

Contributed numerous clinical slides on Infectious diseases chapter  for
the textbook of Dermatopathology: “Pathology of the Skin” , 3rd
edition by McKee PH, Calonje E and Granter S published
by Elsvier Ltd 2009

Contributed clinical pictures for the textbook on “Women Dermatoses” written
by Lawrence” Parish et al 2005.

6.         Dlova NC, Mosam
A, Hoosen K. Chromomycosis: for Tropical Dermatology textbook (in
press) 2011

7.         Dlova
,  Mosam  A, Chateau A. Eumycetoma. In: Schlossberg,
D. (ed.). Clinical Infectious Disease 2nd Edition, Chapter 27, Cambridge
University Press 2014, pp. [xx-xx].

8.         Dlova
 Mosam A, Ajose Francis. Dermatology for Skin of
.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul Kelly (McGraw-Hill) March

9.         Khoza
NF, Dlova NC, Mosam A. Editors , Rashmi
Sarkar  “Epidemiology of melasma “ June 2014


Original research on use of plant extracts for treatment
of hyperpigmentation was chosen as “Best Work and Presentation  for
further Research and Development” 
by the University of KwaZulu Natal
Intellectual property and Technology transfer department in 2009.


  • Patent
    approved for Garcinia Livingstone for treatment of skin
  • Patent
    application for use of clay as a physical sunscreen.