SASREG

Carol-Ann Benn 

Nadia Beringer

Kristin N Smith

Johannes van Waart

Chris Venter

Monica M. Laronda

Carol-Ann Benn 

Prof Carol-Ann Benn heads up breast cancer centres at Helen Joseph Hospital and Netcare Milpark Hospital. She lectures at Wits University and, in 2002, established the Breast Health Foundation. The first breast care centre of excellence in the private sector in South Africa was established in 2001 by Netcare and Prof Carol-Ann Benn, a renowned specialist surgeon and breast disease specialist, at Netcare Milpark Hospital which is an internationally accredited centre. Prof Benn works to look after all patients regardless of their income and provides world standard care for all her patients in private and public settings. She is well published and has given many presentations overseas and locally.

Nadia Beringer

Nadia Beringer is a paediatric oncologist in Johannesburg with a special interest in stem cell transplant. Her career goal is to contribute to the better understanding and management of childhood malignancies. She is interested in research and has recently published data on the survival rates of children with childhood cancer in Johannesburg. She was a recipient of the Discovery Foundation Subspecialist Award in 2016.

In her spare time, she likes to run, read and spend time with her family.

Kristin N Smith

Kristin Smith, the Program Manager for Fertility Preservation, consults with all young, newly diagnosed oncology patients at Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center to help each patient understand their individual fertility risk associated with treatment as well as options for fertility preservation. She works extensively with young adult oncology survivors to help each patient explore their unique family building options and reproductive health post treatment. Kristin helps run the Oncofertility Professional Engagement Network (OPEN) of the Oncofertility Consortium by providing support across the world to providers who participate the network and also answers the national fertility hotline and email to triage patients for fertility preservation across the United States.

Johannes van Waart

Johannes van Waart matriculated at Oudtshoorn High School in 1978. He started his University studies at the University of Stellenbosch in 1979. He was a boarder in the Eendrag men’s residence for 5 years and completed a B.Sc; B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Nuclear Physics) in 1983. He worked as a Senior Scientist at the Atomic Energy Corporation in Pretoria from 1984-1988. He completed 2 years of compulsory military training at the School of Engineers in Kroonstad during this time. Changing careers in 1989, he started his Medical Studies at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his MB.ChB in 1994. He worked in the UK for 6 months and returned to RSA to work as a medical officer untill 1997. He started as a registrar in the Dept of O+G at the Tygerberg Hospital and completed his M.Med/FCOG(SA) in 2001. He joined private practice in Stellenbosch and lectured part time at the University of Stellenbosh Medical School. He completed his Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine in 2007 and was the founder (along with his wife Lizanne, a health Psychologist) the Wijnland Fertility Unit in 2010. During his career he authored and co-authored 21 national and international publications and has given numerous talk at national and international congresses. He is the current Secretary of the South African Menopause Society (SAMS) and served on the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) since 2012. He served as the SASOG President (2015-2018). Johannes was the founder of the SASOG BetterObs program and serves as the SASOG BetterObs National Lead Obstetrician (along with dr Sagie Naidu) untill prently. He is also the Chairperson of the Gynae arm of the SASOG Expert Opinion Panel (EOP)(2018 – current). Johannes was elected President of FOSAS (Federation of South African Surgeons) in 2018 and serves a 2 year term. FOSAS represents all 21 surgical disciplines in RSA and represents approximately 6000 (private and public sector) surgeons. He has completed a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDipBMA) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (2017 – 2018). Johannes is an active road athlete and golfer and still plays senior league for Stellenbosch Golf Club.

Chris Venter

Dr Chris Venter completed his pre-and post-graduate studies at the University of Pretoria 1994 and 2002 respectively. After qualifying as gynaecologist he did a preceptorship in Endoscopic Surgery at Leuven University in Belgium, under the mentorship of Prof Phillippe Koninckx. He practiced for 12 years as general Obstetrician in the private sector, before deciding to sub-specialize in Reproductive Medicine. He completed his Fellowship Training at the University of Stellenbosch under the mentorship of Prof Thinus Kruger. During this period, his Research was aimed at looking at the role of pre-genetic screening in embryo selection. He joined the Vitalab Reproductive Centre in 2013. He specializes in all aspects of infertility care, with a special interest in recurrent Implantation Failure and the role that Endometrial Receptivity plays. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of the Free State, serves on both the editorial board of the Endocrinology International Journal and SASREG executive board, since 2014. His personal interest is raising awareness in Oncofertility in South Africa.

Monica M. Laronda

Monica Laronda is an NIH-funded investigator at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She co-Directs the Fertility & Hormone Preservation & Restoration Program at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her lab studies the ovarian microenvironment and aims to improve options for fertility and hormone restoration for pediatric patients with increased risk of premature gonadal insufficiency.