Efthymios Christofides


I started my carrier in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2000 when I became a Registrar in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Wits). Prior to that I had done 2 years of General Surgery as a registrar which was a prerequisite for Plastic Surgery at that time. After I successfully completed my training in 2004 (FC Plast Surg (SA), I did a Fellowship at the Oxford (UK) craniofacial unit. This is a qualification that few Plastic Surgeons have and allowed me to gain experience in the treatment of craniofacial and cleft lip and palate anomalies. I returned to my post at CMJAH after my Fellowship and continued working as a consultant in our department. During that time, I was involved in providing a plastic surgical service as well as teaching the Registrars in the department.

I completed my MMed (Wits) thesis in 2010 on the topic of Unilateral Cleft lip repairs where our published work describes a new technique in the repair of such clefts. I have been employed at CMJAH since 2004 as a consultant and I currently run the paediatric plastic surgical division. As a result of this, I have performed over 700 cleft lip and palate related operations and many transcranial operations. I became an Adjunct Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand in April 2014.

I have been a member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of South Africa (APRSSA) since 2005. In 2012, I was elected one of 6 members of the Executive committee (Exco) of this Association.
The College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) is another membership I hold since 2005 and I have been an examiner for the single exit exam for Plastic Surgery since 2010.
I am also an associate member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons (ISCFS).

The research I have been involved in has resulted in several publications in international peer reviewed Journals.