Breast and Endocrine Surgeon
MBChB; FCS (SA); MMed (Surgery) (Cum Laude)

“I am a specialist general surgeon with a passion for cutting-edge breast care and surgery including breast conserving cancer surgery. Evidence-based medicine and rigorous surgical discipline form the foundation of my practice, but what differentiates me is my drive to provide truly integrated and holistic patient care. I aim to offer not just surgery but access to a complete package of breast and personal health.

I matriculated in 1999 with distinction from the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool (AHMP) in Pretoria where I was head girl. I obtained my MBChB from the University of Pretoria in 2006. During my time as medical student, I not only excelled academically but also made my mark as student leader – I served on the medical student curriculum committee as student representative from 2004-2006 and was chair of the medical student council in 2006. I was honored to receive an award of excellence in leadership and service from the University of Pretoria in the same year.

After graduating, I completed my internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2008 and community service in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in 2009. After returning to Cape Town, I worked at GF Jooste Hospital as a surgical medical officer while also completing a post graduate certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. It was during this time that I created Project Flamingo (www.projectflamingo.co.za), a successful non-profit company, to address the long and distressing treatment waiting time faced by breast cancer patients in the public health care sector. Project Flamingo puts into physical form my belief that breast cancer patients, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, need more than just an operation: they need timely and compassionate care.


I joined the Groote Schuur Department of Surgery in 2012 where I obtained my Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (FCS(SA)) as well as a master’s degree in Surgery (MMed (Surg)) Cum Laude from the University of Cape Town in 2016. During my training, I twice received awards for my research work1,2 within the surgery department, was appointed Chief Resident and was named one of the top 10 health care innovators of 2014 by the UCT Graduate School of Business’ Bertha Institute. In 2017 I was privileged to be named one of ten “inspirational women to know in South Africa” (www.culturetrip.com) for my work as founder and director of Project Flamingo.

After qualifying as a specialist, I worked as a consultant surgeon and Fellow in the Surgical Breast and Endocrine and Trauma Surgery Units at Groote Schuur Hospital. I used this opportunity to refine my special interest in breast surgery by learning from the best, including local and visiting international experts alike. I also gained valuable experience in managing surgical endocrine pathology, particularly thyroid and parathyroid disease. During this time, I lectured pre-and postgraduate surgical students from the University of Cape Town. I am regularly invited as guest speaker for various events and congresses on breast and woman’s health.

I now aim to bring my passion and the expertise that I gained in the public and academic health care sector to private medicine in South Africa where I believe I can make a tangible contribution. After opening my private breast and endocrine surgery practice in October 2017, I was offered the opportunity to remain as sessional consultant at the Groote Schuur Hospital Breast and Endocrine Unit — an honor I gladly accepted as I believe that an affiliation with an institute of academic medicine is of the utmost importance to deliver up to date and evidence-based care in the private sector. In this manner I also contribute to bridging the gap between private and public health care in South Africa.”

  • “Implementation of the Electronic Trauma Health Care Record in a tertiary trauma unit in South Africa” (Roodt, L; Nicol A; Navsaria PH; Edu, S) presented at the UCT Department of Surgery Research day 2015 – 1st prize
  • “Female general surgeons in South Africa – current status, perceptions and challenges” (Roodt,L; Cairncross L; Klopper JH) presented at the UCT Department of Surgery Research day 2016 – 2nd prize