Prof Salome Maswime

Associate Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery, University of Cape Town
President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society
Cape Town, South Africa

She was the Discovery MGH research fellow in 2018 at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a former lecturer at the Wits University. Salome is from Limpopo province, South Africa. After qualifying as a medical doctor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Maswime completed a Fellowship and a Masters in Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has worked in various hospitals in South Africa, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg for approximately 10 years, and now Groote Schuur Hospital.

She is recognized as a maternal health and global surgery expert, because of her research contributions on caesarean sections. She is an advocate for women’s health rights, and equity in surgical and maternal care. She is an advisor and consultant to several institutions, nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her tenacity and commitment to maternal health, and for ongoing research in maternal health, including the Trailblazer and young achiever award from the President of South Africa in 2017. She currently is a Next Einstein Fellow.