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Perfusionists

Are you interested in training to become a perfusionist or, as a trained perfusionist, are you looking for a position? Please look at our vacancies page.



Director: Perfusion
Tarryn Oschadleus

Tarryn Oschadleus underwent practical training in Perfusion in the department in 2000-2001 where she studied through the (then) ML Sultan Technikon in Durban and graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Cardiovascular Perfusion. In 2010 she was appointed as the Assistant Director of Perfusion, overseeing the service at both Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospitals. Tarryn is responsible for adult and paediatric cardiopulmonary bypass and is involved in all aspects of overseeing the Perfusion service in an academic institution. She is enthusiastic about the comprehensive teaching and training of Perfusion students in the unit and invests much of her time in this. She is committed to the department and dedicated to the unified vision of excellence in the care of all patients in cardiac surgery.



Chief Perfusionist
Siboniso Shezi

Shezi is the Chief Cardiovascular Perfusionist at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospitals with 10 years' experience conducting perfusion and related procedures. He trained in the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and graduated with his Bachelor of Technology Clinical Perfusion degree in 2012. His responsibilities as co-manager include clinical service provision, supervising and training students and procuring stock for cardiothoracic surgery.
 



Senior Perfusionist
Elliot Gates

Elliot obtained a Baccalaureus Societatis Scientiae degree in Nursing at the University of the Free State in 2013 and, in 2014, he completed his Community Service year at MUCPP Community Health Centre in Mangaung, Bloemfontein. He then completed his National Diploma in Clinical Technology at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein in 2017 and graduated with his Bachelor of Technology: Clinical Perfusion degree in 2018. He conducts cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures (such as ECMO, cell salvage and intra-aortic balloon pump support) in adults at Groote Schuur Hospital and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. His responsibilities as a senior staff member include assisting in efficient service provision, supervising the ECMO program in the unit, training students and overseeing all technical aspects in the unit.



Senior Perfusionist
Andile Khumalo

Andile completed his National Diploma in Clinical Technology in 2017, undergoing his practical perfusion training at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban, South Africa. He then joined the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, appointed in a post at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, mid-year 2018, to complete his training and Bachelor of Technology in Perfusion, through the Durban University of Technology. He conducts cardiopulmonary bypass in peadiatrics and adults, and related procedures (such as ECMO, cell salvage and intra-aortic balloon pump support). His responsibilities as a senior perfusionist include assisting in efficient service provision, training students and procuring stock for the heart and lung transplant programs in the unit.



Junior Perfusionist
Ruhan Herbst

Ruhan graduated with his Bachelor of Technology: Clinical Perfusion, Cum Laude in 2019. He conducts cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures (such as ECMO, cell salvage and intra-aortic balloon pump support) in adults at Groote Schuur Hospital and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. His responsibilities as a junior staff member include assisting in efficient service provision, training students and managing the valve portfolio for both hospitals.



Junior Perfusionist
Nokwanda Jelle

Nokwanda graduated with her Bachelor of Technology: Clinical Perfusion, in March 2021. She conducts cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures (such as ECMO, cell salvage and intra-aortic balloon pump support) in adults at Groote Schuur Hospital and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. Her main responsibility as a junior staff member, whilst assisting in efficient service provision, is to gain experience in her number of cases conducted.

 



Student Perfusionist
Andrea Potgieter

Andrea is completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical Technology at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein. She started as a student perfusionist at Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital at the beginning of 2020 and will graduate with her Clinical Technology degree in 2022. Her main responsibility is to assist and thereby train in perfusion; cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures in both adults, at Groote Schuur Hospital, and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
 



Student Perfusionist
Benjamin Loubser

Benjamin is completing his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical Technology at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein. He started as a student perfusionist at Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital at the beginning of 2020 and will graduate with his Clinical Technology degree in 2022. His main responsibility is to assist and thereby train in perfusion; cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures in both adults, at Groote Schuur Hospital, and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
 



Student Perfusionist
Delene Rood

Deline is completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical Technology at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein. She started as a student perfusionist at Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital at the beginning of 2022 and will graduate with her Clinical Technology degree in 2024. Her main responsibility is to observe, assist and thereby train in perfusion, cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures in both adults at Groote Schuur Hospital and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
 



Student Perfusionist
Kelista Des Munsamy

Kelista is completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical Technology at the Durban University of Technology, Kwazulu-Natal. She started as a student perfusionist at Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital at the beginning of 2022 and will graduate with her Clinical Technology degree in 2024. Her main responsibility is to observe, assist and thereby train in perfusion, cardiopulmonary bypass and related procedures in both adults at Groote Schuur Hospital and paediatrics at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.