Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is proud to announce Professor Dikeledi Mokone as the ﬁrst female, African, to become a professor of Surgery in South Africa. Prof. Mokone is a well-respected academic in the ﬁeld of breast oncology in South Africa and abroad amongst her peers. Her commitment to teaching both undergraduates and post graduates students is legendary. She is a dedicated clinician and academic. The University’s Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Nathaniel Mofolo has described this as a historic moment, given that, worldwide, surgery is a male dominated area of specialization. “In the South African context, the problem has been, particularly, severe due to apartheid and its legacy”, said Mofolo.
Prof Mokone completed her undergraduate studies and went to specialize as a general surgeon at SMU, where she further trained as a sub-specialist breast surgeon. She is currently Head of the breast Unit at the Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH).
Her research interests are in the area of breast pathology, particularly, as it affects the indigent population of South Africa. She has published widely in the field of breast surgery. Her current responsibilities include teaching of both undergraduate and post graduate students and patient care. She is also supervising several Master’s students.
The University has congratulated Professor Mokone for this momentous achievement.
Prof Mokone is a strong leader and SMU is proud of her achievements.