School of Clinical Medicine

Dean and Head of School

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Dean & Head of School: School of Clinical Medicine
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CampusNelson Mandela School of Medicine
BiosketchProfessor Ncoza Dlova is Dean and Head of School of Clinical Medicine. She is a local and internationally renowned dermatologist. More recently, through her global collaborative work with a number of scientists; she played an instrumental role in discovering a new gene that is a major cause of permanent hair loss amongst women of African descent. This ground-breaking study, titled: ‘Variant PAD13 in Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia’ was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dlova’s area of interest and the subject of her Ph.D. is “Ethnic Skin and Hair Diseases.” Her research has gained her international recognition as evidenced by the number of committees, editorial boards, and invitations she receives annually to national and international dermatology meetings. She has excelled in all aspects of her career; research, outreach programmes as well as teaching and administrative roles. She is intuitive and a natural leader, an inclusive visionary, and someone who leads by example. She is a C1 NRF rated researcher with more than 85 peer-reviewed publications.

1.     O. S. Katibi, NC. Dlova, A. Mosam. Cutaneous cytomegalovirus infection on amulti-dermatomal herpes zoster scar: an isotopic immmune response. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2015 Jan;40(1):42-4. doi: 10.1111/ced.12477. Epub 2014.
2.     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.
3.     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).
4.     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).
5.     Dlova CN, Goh CL , Patch Testing in occupational allergic contact dermatitis Occupational Health  Journal.2010 Sept/Oct 16(5):34-36.
6.     Mars M, Dlova CN. Teledermatology by videoconference: Experience of a pilot project. SA Fam Pract 2008; 50(3):70
7.     Dlova CN, Mosam A. Noninfectious Dermatoses in HIV/AIDS. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):439-48.
8.     Mosam A, Dlova CN.  HIV/AIDS in Subsaharan Africa. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Oct; 24(4):421-9
9.     Morar N, Dlova CN. Cutaneous manifestations of HIV in an outpatient clinic KwaZulu –Natal, South Africa. Int J Dermatol 2006: 45; 8: 1006-1007.
10.  Manjra AI, du Plessis P, Weiss R, Motala CM, Potter PC, Raboobee N, Dlova N, Davis M, Weinberg EG; South African Childhood Atopic Eczema Working Group.  Childhood atopic eczema consensus document. S Afr Med J. 2005 Jun; 95(6 Pt 2):435-40.
11.  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. Contact Dermatitis. 2004 Jul;51(1):20-1
12.  Morar N, Dlova CN. Tinea capitis in Children, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Pediatr Dermatol. 2004 Jul- Aug; 21(4):444-7
13.  Mosam A, Irusen E.M, Kagoro H. Aboobaker J, Dlova CN The impact of HIV/AIDS on skin diseases in KwaZulu Natal, SouthAfrica. Int J Dermatol. 2004 Oct; 43(10):782-3.
14.  Ramdial, Dlova CN, Sydney C. Cytomegalovirus neuritis in perineal ulcers.J Cut Pathol.2002Aug; 29(7):439-44
15.  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
16.  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.
17.  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.
18.  Morar N, Dlova C.N. Erythroderma and the impact of H.I.V., International Journal of Dermatology, 1999, 38:895 – 900.
19.  Morar N, Ramdial P.K. Dlova CN. “Lues Maligna”, Br. J. Dermatol, 1999, 140: 1175-1177.
20.  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.
21.  Ramdial P.K. Morar N. Dlova CN. HIV Eosinophilic folliculitis and HIV, American Journal of Dermatopathology, – 1999, 21(3): 241 – 246
22.  A retrospective study on the clinical presentation and treatment outcome of
melasma in a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore. Goh
CL, Dlova CN.
23.  The 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
24.  HIV 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
25.  Autosomal 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
26.   Idiopathic 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
27.  Frontal 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
28.  Non-toxic melanin production inhibitors from garcinia livingstonei(Clusiaceae). Mulholland 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
29.  Communication 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
30.  Chemical 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
31.  Frontal 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
32.  Skin-lightening 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: 23210963
33.  Central 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
34.  Frontal 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
35.  Mycetoma. Dlova NC, Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 May-Jun;10(3):181. PMID: 22779102
36.  Familial 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
37.  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
38.  Actinomycetoma. Dlova NC, Mosam A. Skinmed. 2012 Mar-Apr;10(2):98. PMID: 22545325  
39.  Giant molluscum in an HIV-positive patient. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Nov-Dec;8(6):350. PMID: 21413652
40.  Lupus vulgaris in an HIV-positive patient. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Sep-Oct;8(5):296. PMID: 21137642
41.  Disseminated cutaneous histoplasmosis. Dlova NC. Skinmed. 2010 Mar-Apr;8(2):110. PMID: 20527146
1.      *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
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 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 NC, Mosam A. Histoplasmosis:  for “Digital Clinical Decision Support Dermatology” textbook, 2010 (in Press)
4. 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
5. 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 NC,  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 NC, Mosam A, Ajose Francis. Dermatology for Skin of Color”.Editors Susan Taylor and Paul Kelly (McGraw-Hill) March 2013.
9. Khoza NF, Dlova NC, Mosam A. Editors , Rashmi Sarkar  “Epidemiology of melasma “ June 2014
1.     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.
2.     2013: Patent approved for Garcinia Livingstone for treatment of skin pigmentation.
Patent application for use of clay as a physical sunscreen.