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Developing on its impressive, continually growing medical services, Mediclinic Newcastle now welcomes Dr Bonginkosi Shadrack Shoba, a Medical Oncologist, who will begin seeing patients at the private hospital on a sessional basis.
Reflecting on his career, Dr Shoba explains that his rooted passion for the medical sector began during his school days. “I always enjoyed life sciences, biochemistry, and so forth. I have also always been interested in life, how it works, and wanting to know how to fix it if something goes wrong.” Adding to this, he highlights that growing up in the Ladysmith area, he noticed there were minimal doctors available and recognised the gap that needed to be urgently filled. “Having grown up in a rural area, I wanted to eventually work in similar areas and assist the people living in rural areas, getting to understand their circumstances and helping them.”
When looking at the doctor’s qualifications and accolades, it is clear that his determination to learn how life works and assist people ignited an unfaltering spark within him.
He acquired his MMBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1995, followed by securing his FCP (SA) at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2006. Thereafter, obtaining his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, in 2018, before receiving his Certificate for Medical Oncology at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2021.
Alongside his medical qualifications, Dr Shoba has enjoyed remarkable achievements throughout his career. These include:
- Being a Levitt Lecturer, University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre USA, Department of Family Medicine, November 1995.
- First black member of Medical Students Council, University of the Witwatersrand, 1994
- WK Kelloggs Scholarship, 1989-1995, University of the Witwatersrand
- Founded and chaired The Harambee Medical Consulting at The University of Cape Town, 2009
- Founded and ran the first Oncology clinic at Ngwelezana hospital in 2011, leading to his first publication in the South African Medical Journal
- Recipient of the Discovery Academic grant for Research 2018
Furthermore, he is currently a fellow in the Department of Medical Oncology at the University of Pretoria, while also holding the same position at the Department of Medicine at the University of Nairobi from 2016 to 2018, as well as holding the title of Principal Specialist and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Ngwelezana Hospital in Empangeni.
Dr Shoba was also the Registrar in Internal Medicine in Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town from September 2004 until January 2007, the Medical Manager for Nkonjeni Hospital, to mention but a few.
With comprehensive knowledge and experience in the medical sector, Dr Shoba’s vision is to utilise his talents and training for research, teaching, and the care of cancer patients.
Moreover, the good doctor states he thrives on the demand on professionals in this field to constantly further their education. He clarifies, “Oncology goes to the heart of the shell, straight through to biochemistry and to a DNA level. No two cancers are the same. You can treat three different women for breast cancer, and none of these women’s cancer will be the same.”
It is because of this, Dr Shoba stresses that oncology is constantly changing, evolving as cancer itself changes. “For example, treatment for heart attacks will more or less be the same, as well when looking at rheumatoid arthritis. But oncology is always changing, it keeps you on your toes.”
With the doctor now extending his services to the area, Dr Shoba is looking forward to working within the community, a stone’s throw away from his hometown. “There is a major need for oncology services in Newcastle and surroundings.” Additionally, he affirms that he is also incredibly excited to work with Mediclinic Newcastle. “Mediclinic is one of the biggest brands in the medical sector, and the Mediclinic Newcastle team are enthusiastic to work with their doctors and patients. It feels as if they are willing to help move the earth if necessary.”
With this in mind, Dr Shoba will be holding his first clinic in Newcastle on Saturday, 13 August 2021, and Sunday, 14 August 2021. At this stage, appointments can be made directly with the doctor on 083 582 4727.
Concluding, the doctor says, “I want to see patients during the weekend and be busy. I want to see people who are suffering, get better. We will be covering oncology from all aspects over the two days.”
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