Keertan Dheda, M.D., Ph.D., serves as an Associate Professor of respiratory medicine and as the Director of the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit within the Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town. He is the recipient of several awards including the 2010 International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award and holds several large local and multinational grants. His main research interests are clinical aspects of MDR & XDR-TB and the development and validation of field-friendly TB diagnostics. He is also interested in the immunopathogenesis of TB in the human lung and airway-related lung disease. He has established an international collaborative network and a local research programme in which 5 M.A. and 9 Ph.D. students are currently enrolled. He has ~95 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent related to new TB diagnostic technologies, which is currently being developed as a user-friendly test for extrapulmonary tuberculosis. He has a keen interest in medical education. He belongs to several local and international academic societies like the scientific committee of the Microbiology and TB and Pulmonary Infection group of the American Thoracic Society, and he is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He serves as a Governor for American College of Chest Physicians for the South Africa region. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals.
Biography Updated on 15 September 2011