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Head of Department

Professor Ayesha A Motala (MBCHB, MD, FRCP)

The Diabetes/Endocrine unit was set up in the 1970’s under the able leadership of Professor A.C. (Kader) Asmal, who in the early 1980’s, emigrated to the United States of America. Professor M.A.K.Omar was his protégé and successor until 1987. Since the early days, the unit has been active in research mainly in the area of diabetes. All service duties (clinics and ward) were undertaken at the King Edward
VIII Hospital, which was the main Academic Hospital for the University,
until October 2002, when the unit moved to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli
Central Hospital.

Currently, the unit consists of 4 full-time Consultants, 4 part-time Consultants, 2 Registrars in rotation from the General Medicine pool, a Technologist and a Diabetes Nurse Educator. In addition, the Department is complemented by resident Nursing staff in the clinic and ward at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

The Department serves as a tertiary referral centre for diabetes and endocrinology for KwaZulu-Natal and this includes out-patient clinics (3 per week) and in-patients facilities. The Department works in close liaison with other allied departments viz. Neurosurgery, General Surgery, and Chemical Pathology. 

Clinical Service

The Department runs three out-patients clinic/week :

  • Monday: Endocrine Clinic
  • Wednesday: Diabetes clinic (Type 2)
  • Thursday: Diabetes Clinic (Type 1)

A “Grand round” is held every Friday morning – this round starts in the Endocrinology Ward and includes all the Health care professionals involved with the day-day management viz. doctors, nurses, dietician, social worker and psychologist.


The unit is actively involved in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching. 


  • Lectures 3rd and 4th year
  • Bedside tutorials: 3rd, 4th and final year students
  • Teaching ward rounds: at King Edward hospital on intake days and at Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital daily including the Grand Round on a Friday
  • Teaching at the Endocrine/Diabetes clinic


(See also attached Dept of Endocrinology Academic Programme) 

  • Endocrine Journal Club : Mondays
  • Endocrine Clinical Teaching : Tuesdays (for registrars in training in General Medicine and sub-specialty training consultants)
  • Endocrine Teaching and Grand Rounds : Fridays
  • “Friday Meeting” – held after the clinical grand rounds and includes, depending on the week of the month, a Research Forum, Seminar, Clinic Protocols Amendments, or an Administrative Unit Meeting.


Current Clinical Research

  1. Epidemiology of diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome in rural South Africans of Zulu descent.
  2. Audit on the outcomes of management of diabetes patients attending the diabetes clinic at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.
  3. Epidemiology and pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus and its complications in South African Indians.
  4. Epidemiology of diabetes in rural South Africans of Zulu descent.
  5. Cardiovascular risk profile of an urban working class community.(Collaboration with Prof D.P. Naidoo).
  6. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of type 2 diabetes mellitus susceptibility loci in African subjects of Zulu descent in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  7. Measured glomerular filtration rate (mGFR) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGfR) in patients with diabetes mellitus at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital (IALCH) diabetes clinic, Durban.

Research for Higher Degrees


  1. Dr A Naidoo: A prospective evaluation of the relationship between glycated serum albumin, urinary and serum components of capillary basement membrane and diabetic nephropathy in type 1 diabetes.
  2. Dr. N.Narsai: Radio-active iodine in the management of thyrotoxicosis.


  1. Dr H. Bacus: The investigation of the genetic, biochemical, immunologic, clinical and diagnostic features of coronary heart disease in African and Indian subjects with type 2 diabetes.
  2. Dr N.C. Magula: Metabolic Complications of HAART in a South African Black Population.
  3. Dr. C.S. Govender: Acute Hyperglycaemic Emergencies at a District and Regional Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  4. Dr S. Saloojee: Metabolic syndrome and severe mental illness in the Ethekwini district of KwaZulu-Natal,         South Africa

In preparation

  1. Dr I.M. Paruk: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in type 2 diabetes.


Full-Time Academic Staff

Part-Time Academic Staff

  • Prof Mohamed MAK Omar
  • Dr Aslam Amod
  • Dr Puvanesveri Naiker
  • Dr Hoosen A. Randree

Technical Staff 

Support Staff 

Contact Details

Physical Address Postal Address
Room Z343
3rd Floor
Medical School
719 Umbilo Rd
Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology
Medical School
Private Bag 7
South Africa

Tel: (+27) (31) 260 4536 / 260 4238
Fax: (+27) (31) 260 4774 / 260 4420