Multi-disciplinary Team

Neonatologists and Paediatricians

Essentially one and the same, the above specialists form the backbone of paediatric medical care. Their primary function is to diagnose and treat newborn babies with conditions including:

  • Breathing disorders
  • Stabilization of newborns with life-threatening problems

  • Birth defects
  • Infections

Neonatologists will coordinate the intensive care that is an integral part of the peri-operative period. This includes respiratory support, fluid management, and nutrition; all integral to the recovery process.In addition to emergency care and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions, Paediatricians are responsible for monitoring the development of your child through infancy.

A paediatrician will also be available to counsel parents and children not only through their surgical needs but also into adolescence with specific health programs to keep them healthy.

Paediatric ICU

Paediatricians involved in caring for children requiring admission to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit form another sub-speciality within our multidisciplinary team. Treatment of children in these situations is usually complex and requires very specific training. Once again the direct links with the University of the Witwatersrand allow the peri-operative team to provide Intensive Care to the highest international standard.

Whilst other sub-specialties may occasionally be required, the Paediatric Surgeon and Intensive care staff will coordinate all treatment to best benefit your child, optimizing outcomes.


Pulmonologists are a specialist profession trained to treat diseases and conditions of the chest and lungs. Conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Breathing disorders

  • Allergic diseases
  • Sleep disorders

The specific set of team specialists will help evaluate, treat and research your child’s pulmonary condition and will assist throughout the treatment protocol.

ENT Surgeons

ENT Surgeons (Ear, nose and throat) manage and treat medical and surgical diseases, disorders and trauma related to the head and neck, with obvious specialisation on the Ear, Nose and Throat.

ENT Surgery will be required for children suffering with oral cavity deformations, sinus problems, larynx abnormalities and basic structural reconstructions of the head and neck. In most cases, ENT surgeons work alongside Plastic Surgeons.

Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeons with experience and interest in Paediatric Surgery form part of the Johannesburg Paediatric Surgery Practice team. Plastic Surgeons offer aesthetic importance to children with visible surgical scars, but more importantly Plastic Surgeons offer advantages in reconstructive surgery. They are a very common member of any Paediatric Surgical team for many indications, based on their skill set.

Allied Healthcare

Judy Kirkwood
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Registered Nurse(BNur UCT)

Judy Kirkwood is a Registered Nurse who specialised in General, Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery. After working in London, her passion for maternal and childhood care was clinched. She currently works as a Lactation Consultant assisting all mothers and dads with breastfeeding, maternal and childhood care. It would be a great priviledge for her to assist you in giving your child the best start in life.

She works from the joburg paediatric rooms based at Sandton Clinic. Please contact Judy directly on 082 562 1986 or email

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