General Surgery

About Us

The Headquarters of the Department of General Surgery is the Medical School. The main pillars of the Department are:


(i) Teaching & Learning

(ii) Research

(iii) Service delivery

(iv) Community engagement

(v) University administration


The Department is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. It also participates in the teaching of allied Disciplines such as Theatre Nurses. There are two main teaching platforms for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; one in Durban and the other in Pietermaritzburg. It offers general and qualifications in Surgery and teaches postgraduate students for Specialist degrees which are assessed y the College of Surgeons of South Africa. Furthermore it offers training for “Fellows” undergoing training in the subspecialties 


Research is one of the important areas of prominence for the Department. The Department regards itself as the “Cutting Edge of Medicine” in the sense that it is an academic home for critical thought, academic development and research enterprise. One of the objectives is to advance African Scholarship through locally relevant and community directed research. 

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Vision 

To be a leading Academic Surgical Department in South Africa and beyond.

Mission 

A department that promotes academic excellence, innovation in research and is responsive to societal needs.