Meet Prof. Shingai Mutambirwa
Head of Department of Urology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). A charismatic leader in the field of men’s health, striving for brilliance and uniting men in a brotherhood of caring for each other.
MB ChB – 1988 Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine Zimbabwe.
M Med (Urology) Medunsa. FCS (Urol).
Although born in Zimbabwe, Shingai grew up in Canada as his parents had relocated in order to pursue post graduate studies. He has retained a strong American accent, and his deep baritone voice is now instantly recognisable on radio in South Africa. He has fond memories of the tightly knit unit that he and his brothers formed, but definitely prefers the climate in Africa. He returned to Zimbabwe in the eighties to study medicine. He graduated cum Laude and was the youngest ever medical doctor to graduate in Zim at the time.
Current Position & Experience
Prof Shingai is currently head of the Urology Department at The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU).
He was inspired to enter the speciality by Zimbabwe’s first Urologist, Dr Danso, a vibrant and enthusiastic mentor who encouraged Shingai to pursue his studies in South Africa. Studying at Medunsa during these turbulent times in South Africa’s history was a challenge, but Shingai
acknowledges that the brotherhood that existed in urology was deeply motivating. His passion for research and his desire to “make things happen”, has resulted in his involvement in a number of innovative projects. These include; being a founding member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa (PCF) and heading a review board for “South African Guidelines for Enuresis” under the Enuresis Academy of South African.
In addition he is extensively involved in various leadership roles, these include;
being a peer reviewer for The Journal of Urology (AUA), African Journal of Urology and Hindawi online publications.
Heading the medical and scientific advisory board of The Prostate Cancer Foundation of SA (PCF) and heading the academic committee for the South African Urological Association (SAUA)
He is also a member of the Continence Association of South Africa (CASA)
Milestones & Achievements
Shingai is the developer of a technique that uses skin glue for circumcision and he has completed the largest number of cases worldwide using this technique (presently over 3000 cases). With Southern Africa’s prolific HIV rates this accomplishment has no doubt made a significant contribution to reducing the rates of HIV and STI infections in Africa.
He has become one of the prominent public figures involved in creating awareness about men’s health issues. In his many public appearances he never fails to encourage and educate men about critical health issues. His influence on the lives of ordinary men is perhaps his greatest career achievement.
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