Dr Gregory Firth MBBCh, FCS (Orth) SA, MMed (Orth).
Dr Firth started his education in Johannesburg where he attended St Johns College (1993) before completing his undergraduate medical degree at Wits (1999) and post graduate studies in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wits (2008).
Dr Firth has presented 25 congress presentations and published 16 articles in peer reviewed journals both locally and internationally.
He has received the following prizes over his career – 2006 Mannie Lunz Registrar prize, 2007 Best registrar paper SAOA Congress, 2009 Second prize for poster presentation SAOA Congress and 2014 ABC Travelling fellowship to North America.
After qualifying as an orthopaedic surgeon Dr Firth worked for a year (2009) in the paediatric orthopaedic unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital under the close mentorship of Prof A Robertson with guidance from Dr M Eltringham and Prof E Erken. Ties between the Paediatric Orthopaedic Units at Johannesburg Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital have been strengthened as a result of this collaboration to date.
Two post graduate fellowships in Paediatric Orthopaedics were subsequently awarded. The first twelve months at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (2010), Ottawa, Canada under Dr Baxter Willis (ex-president of POSNA) – at this facility exposure to general paediatric orthopaedics ensured a well-rounded learning experience with five extremely qualified and experienced surgeons guiding and teaching throughout the year.
The following six months were spent in fellowship training at the world renowned Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia under Prof Kerr Graham, a world authority on the orthopaedic management of cerebral palsy. This training was all encompassing in that there are ten orthopaedic surgeons working there – Dr Firth rotated with all of them for maximum exposure but most of his time was spent working closely with Prof Graham both with research into Cerebral Palsy but also very practically in assessing patients together with the team pre-operatively using 3D Gait Analysis and having team discussions to determine the best type of single event multi-level surgery for each child.
After returning to South Africa late in 2011 Dr Firth resumed working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital where he currently works as the Clinical Unit Head in the Paediatric Orthopaedic Unit, Soweto, Johannesburg.
Dr Firth also started working at Sandton Mediclinic in Johannesburg from 2012. After the work is done at Baragwanath Hospital he consults in the Sessional rooms on Friday afternoons where he sees mostly paediatric orthopaedic cases but some adult orthopaedics too, especially follow up adult trauma cases operated on during on call at the hospital. Dr Firth has an operating list on Tuesday afternoons at Sandton Mediclinic where he will perform mainly paediatric orthopaedic procedures. By working closely together with Prof Loveland and his paediatric surgery team they offer a complementary service to children who have either isolated orthopaedic conditions or combined general and orthopaedic conditions.
Dr Firth was able to put into practise all he had learned whilst overseas and the Unit at Baragwanath has grown over the last three years. Dr Ramguthy is the other consultant who plays a pivotal role in the running of the unit, together with other staff that rotate – these include two registrars, an intern, a medical officer and currently an international Fellow. The Unit Operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays and has a general clinic on a Monday where we see patients with cerebral palsy, developmental hip dysplasia, fractures, osteogenesis imperfecta, Blount’s disease and many other skeletal dysplasias and metabolic bone disorder related deformities. Our Wednesday clinic is a specialised clubfoot clinic which runs all morning and adheres strictly to Ponseti principles – we see many patients who have started casting elsewhere and so are somewhat older and more challenging but with time the clinic has become refined and many children are being helped. The Unit is extremely busy – we see weekly up to 200 patients, with in patients numbering up to 60 at a time and about 20 surgical cases being done per week.
Dr Gregory Firth
Tel: 011 463 4976
2nd Floor, Main Hospital
cnr Main Rd & Peter Place