Internal Medicine

Cardiology Home


Professor DP Naidoo

The objectives of the Department are to provide, within the constraints of the health system of the province and the country, an effective consultative and diagnostic service for adult and paediatric patients with cardiac disease.

Clinical Activities

Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided for adult and paediatric patients. Outpatient clinics are held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital situated in Cato Manor, Durban. A referral system has been established and patients are referred to the Department from all Provincial Hospitals within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.

All forms of heart disease are seen in the outpatient clinic, the commonest being rheumatic heart disease, ischaemic heart disease, and dilated cardiomyopathies. Other forms of heart disease, such as tuberculous pericarditis, and pericardial effusion, which are increasing in number because of the HIV epidemic, are also seen.

Patients who are candidates for cardiac intervention, either catheterization or surgery, are usually admitted and assessed as inpatients. For non-surgical patients an outpatient consultative service is provided and advice given to other hospitals regarding treatment and management. 



  • 4th Year Medical Student lectures
  • 5th Year Medical Student teaching
  • Theme 2.1 Lifestyle Program – Cardiorespiratory Module
  • Theme 3.5 Lifestyle Program – 3rd Year Medical Students 


  • Technical and Clinical Teaching
  • Teaching Ward Rounds
  • Grand Round
  • Journal Club
  • Clinical Pathological Conference
  • Departmental Meetings 

Clinical Trials 

  • Phoenix-KwaMashu Lifestyle Project


Full-Time Academic Staff 

  • Prof Datshana (DP) Naidoo
  • Dr Shiraz Abdool Gafoor
  • Dr Rahim Khan
  • Dr Sajidah Khan
  • Dr Haroon Mia
  • Dr Rossy Matshela
  • Dr Aine Mugabi
  • Dr Somalingum (Leslie) Ponnusamy
  • Dr Kyi Shein
  • Dr Ismail Soosiwala

Part-Time Academic Staff

  • Professor A S Mitha
  • Professor P Gathiram
  • Dr S Vythilingum 

Technical Staff

  • Mrs N A Chiliza: Control Clinical Technologist
  • Mrs S H Nel: Chief Radiographer 

Support Staff

  • Ms T S G Malinga, Assistant Administrative Officer

Contact Details:

Physical Address: Postal Address:
Department of Cardiology
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
800 Bellair Road,
Mayville 4091

Department of Cardiology, 
Private Bag X03, 

Tel: +27(0)31 240-2207
Fax: +27(0)31 240-2225

Ms C Magwaza