Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health

Head of Discipline

PersonProfessor Refiloe Masekela
Telephone+27 31 260 4345
EmailMasekelar@ukzn.ac.za
CampusNelson R Mandela School of Medicine
Research InterestsBronchiectasis in children, lung physiological testing
DesignationHOD: Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
BiosketchProfessor Refiloe Masekela is a Paediatric Pulmonologist and is the Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban South Africa. She obtained her undergraduate medical degree at Witwatersrand University, and completed her specialist Paediatrics training at the University of Pretoria. She then completed her fellowship in Paediatric Pulmonology at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pretoria. Her research interests are Bronchiectasis in children; both in HIV- infected children as well as in cystic fibrosis. She also has an interest in lung physiological testing, particularly lung function testing in children and the determination of normative lung reference equations in African children and adults. She has published in peer-reviewed publications and has written three book chapters on respiratory diseases in children. She has presented her research and given invited lectures at national and international pulmonology congresses.

She is a passionate teacher and has been involved in both under-graduate and postgraduate teaching and has supervised and graduated 13 Masters Students. She is an NRF C3 rated researcher and has acted as a reviewer for local paediatric and pulmonology journals and Master’s and Doctoral theses. She is the Vice President of the Pan African Thoracic Society and a member of the European Respiratory Society Global Lung Initiative Network of Clinical Research Collaboration committee. She is also a member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Diagnostic Working Group as the African representative. She is an executive member of the South African Thoracic Society, the South African Cystic Fibrosis Scientific Committee and is a past chairperson of the South African National Asthma Education Programme.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2006-1201