I am a surgeon in academic practice at Groote Schuur Hospital with a specific interest in the development of educational resources, and in the improvement of healthcare through data science and mathematics.
Apart from my work as a surgeon, I am also the Head of Post-Graduate Surgical Research and the Head of Surgical Education at the University of Cape Town. My research work is done through the Klopper Research Group (KRG). The KRG currently supports many surgical trainees and master’s and doctoral candidates in the design and analysis of their research dissertations and I delight in managing these research teams as we forge ahead in our challenge to improve healthcare.
I believe that work around research, whether it be academic, state or private, is of fundamental importance to improving healthcare. My passion is to be involved in research team management, analysis of the data involved, and finding solutions to healthcare problems, while educating my peers and colleagues about this important mission. I teach medical statistics two nights per week. This course runs several times per year and is open to all under- and postgraduate students and visitors in our Faculty.
Through my work in the development of educational resources I was privileged to be recognised by the global Open Education Consortium with the Educator of the Year Award.
Examples of my work in training program development are my two successful courses on the world’s leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, Coursera (with a third following soon). My course on Understanding Healthcare Statistics is ranked No.1 in its category on Class Central, the definitive repository for Open Courseware. It has been recognized in the Top 50 Courses in the World for the last two years.
I have also created four additional courses on the popular Udemy platform, training healthcare workers on a variety of statistical software packages. In addition to this, I have published more than 1,300 lectures on YouTube and most of my open-source code is available on the GitHub repository.
If you have a healthcare related research question or proposal regarding research and the development of educational resources around these topics, then contact me via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.