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Department of Pulmonology & Critical CareHead of Department


  The Department of Pulmonology is responsible for the provision of clinical services, academic and professional education and research in Internal Medicine. Our clinical services are provided primarily at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Our undergraduate programme includes the internal medicine modules of the third, fourth and fifth years of the MB ChB curriculum, as well as the facilitation of problem-based learning modules in the earlier years of the programme. Our postgraduate responsibilities are broadly divided into two areas: professional training of registrars and fellows leading to registration as specialist physicians and supervision of candidates for higher research degrees such as masters and doctoral students.

Our staff makes a significant contribution to research in both the clinical and the basic sciences, and increasing the size of this contribution is an important goal of the Division. 

Clinical Service

The unit runs two out-patients clinic/week: Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Academic Programme

  • 1st Monday every month – X-ray Meeting
  • Wednesdays: 08h00-09h30 – Respiratory Journal Club
  • Last Wednesday of every month- Respiratory Basic Science
  • Friday – 08h00 – Respiratory Grand Round
  • Friday –10h30 – ICU Journal Club

CPD accreditation: Respiratory Journal Club (Accredited for 1 point per hour for journal club attendance) 


The unit is actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate 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 Respiratory clinic 


  • Registrar Teaching (See Academic Programme)
  • Continuing Medical Education for diploma students


  1. A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-blind, Three-Arm Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Tifacogin (Recombinant Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor) Administration in Subjects with Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia.
  2. A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Efficacy and Safety Study of 1 Year Treatment Duration With High- and Medium-Dose Inhaled Mometasone Furoate/Formoterol Combination Formulation Compared With Formoterol and High-Dose Inhaled Mometasone Furoate Monotherapy in Subjects With Moderate to Severe COPD.


Full-Time Academic Staff

  • Prof Umesh G Lalloo
  • Dr Bilal Abdool Gafoor
  • Dr Anish Ambaram
  • Dr Prinita Baijnath
  • Dr Kennedy Nyamande

Support Staff 

  • Ms Chandrika Vedalankar

Contact Us

Physical Address Postal Address
Dept of Pulmonology and Critical Care
Room 334, 3rd Floor
Medical School
719 Umbilo Road
South Africa
Dept of Pulmonology and Critical Care
Medical School
Private Bag X7
South Africa

Tel: +27 (31) 2604537
Fax: +27 (31) 2604610