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Prof. Tessa van der Merwe

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Honorary Life President

South African Society for Obesity Metabolism

Employment History

  • Staff Member
  • Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist
    Johannesburg Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer
    Johannesburg Hospital

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
IASO | TVDMerwe, 10 Feb 2011 [cached]
Tessa van der Merwe IASO | TVDMerwe
Prof. Tessa van der Merwe
Secretary Netcare Bariatric Centres of Excellence Suite 407, Unitas Hospital 231 Clifton Ave Lyttleton 0157, Pretoria South Africa Tel + 27 (0)12 644 2355 Fax + 27 (0)12 677 8588
Professor Tessa van der Merwe is a Honorary Professor of the Department of Endocrinology, University of Pretoria South Africa. She is also a Honorary Life President of the South African Society for Obesity Metabolism (SASOM). Her main academic and Clinical interests lie in Bariatric surgery and its use in obesity. Professor Merwe established Centres of Bariatric Excellence throughout Southern Africa, and acts as a co-Director for the Centre for Metabolic Medicine and Surgery at Sunninghill Hospital. She is currently Honorary Secretary for the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) until 2010.
SCCbiographies, 1 July 2010 [cached]
Tessa van der Merwe (chair)
Prof. van der Merwe has been active in the field of obesity for 20 years and has established South Africa as one of the developing world countries that is at the cutting edge of delivering world class management in the field of obesity. She has taken a research initiative in South Africa, and has published in cited international journals and has given plenary lectures at local and international congresses. The faculty of Health Science of the Witwatersrand of which she was a staff member and during which time she was appointed as Associate Professor of Endocrinology from 1984 - 2005, awarded her the Highest Research Award in 2001. In addition she has received a number of awards for outstanding publications.
She has in excess of 55 publications in the field of obesity, metabolism and endocrinology, and has contributed to obesity study modules for the FPD. In 2006 she wrote a manual on obesity management guidelines for South Africa. Currently she serves on the editorial board of 2 journals. She has handled more than 200 media and television interviews regarding obesity and related disorders. Professor Tess van der Merwe is currently the honorary secretary for IASO (International Association for the Study of Obesity). She is also the Honorary Life President of the South African Society for Obesity Metabolism (SASOM).
Currently she is heading up a portfolio to establish Centres of Bariatric Excellence throughout Southern Africa, and acts as a Director for CORE (Centre for Obesity Research and Education) at Unitas Hospital. She holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Pretoria, Department of Endocrinology.
She has been the recipient of several research grants. Her research interests include:
The conference was arranged by Professor Tessa van der Merwe, who is honorary secretary of IASO, chair of the IASO Continuing Professional Development Committee and also chairs the South African Society for the Study of Obesity.
On Thursday 28 October 2004 - A pre-Congress media briefing will be provided for journalists attending the meeting from 13h30 - 14h30 in the Lynx Room at the Sun City Conference Centre, chaired by Professor Tessa van der Merwe.
Calorie Control Council | NewsNet, 12 Aug 2002 [cached]
Dr. Tess van der Merwe, a senior consultant physician and endocrinologist at the Johannesburg Hospital, said that according to statistics, 50 percent of South Africa's women are overweight or obese.
Statement on Junk Food Marketing to Children — Commercial Alert, 27 Feb 2004 [cached]
Tessa van der Merwe, MBChB, FCP, PhD, Secretary, International Association for the Study of Obesity; Senior Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer, Univ. of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg Hospital
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