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Ismail Cassimjee

MBBCh, FCS (SA), MMed (Surg), Certificate in Vascular Surgery (SA)

DPhil candidate

I joined the OxAAA research team in September 2015. I am a consultant vascular surgeon who has taken time off from clinical practice to pursue a DPhil in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.

I have been based in the two major academic hospitals in Johannesburg (Chris-Hani Baragwanath and the Charlotte-Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospitals) from 2006 to 2015. I completed my general surgical training in 2011 and my sub specialist training in Vascular Surgery in 2014 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. My master's research focused on decreasing the rate of negative sentinel lymph node biopsies in breast cancer patients.

My current research investigates the patients recruited into the OxAAA study. I intend to interrogate various factors that lead to the growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms as well as complications of aneurysms that arise as a result endovascular treatment.

I am funded by the Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship. The Hamilton Naki scholarship is a prestigious national award that aims to contribute to the quality of leadership in all branches of academic medicine in South Africa.