Past Presidents

Past Presidents of WHASA including Hiske Smart / Dr. Gregory Weir / Liezl Naude and Dr. Frans Cronje

Hiske Swart

Hiske Smart studied at the Free State University in Bloemfontein (Hons.B.Soc.Sc (Nur), Potchefstroom University (MA Nursing Science), University of Cardiff (PGDip WHTR) and obtained the IIWCC from the University of Toronto in 2008. Currently a unit manager for a Hyperbaric & Wound care unit in the Kingdom of Bahrain with acute traumatic tissue injury and diabetic foot limb salvage and prevention, as priorities. Inter-professional wound care teaching at Dalla Lana School for Public Health, Universities of Toronto and New York and serves also as volunteer for WoundPedia outreaches.

Gregory Weir

Gregory Weir is a certified and registered Vascular Surgeon. He completed his training in Medicine, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery at the University of Pretoria, where he is still involved as a part-time consultant and lecturer. He also did a Vascular, Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship in Sydney, Australia. He regards himself fortunate to have received training in Hyperbaric Medicine from Dr. Frans Cronje. Gregory has a specific interest in the role of ischaemia and hypoxia as a major etiological factor in chronic wounds.

Liezl Naude

Sr. Liezl Naude is Clinical Wound Management Specialist who heads her own Wound Care Clinic since 2001. She qualified as a Registered Nurse (B Cur) at the University of Pretoria in 1996. In 2002 she completed a Masters Degree in Community Nursing (M Cur - cum laude) at the University of Pretoria. She followed this up with an University Certificate in Wound Care at the University of the Free State in 2003 and a Certificate in Wound Care from the University of Hertfordshire UK in 2005. She is also part of a multi-disciplinary Diabetic Foot and Ulcer clinic at Montana Hospital in Pretoria. She has a passion for Wound Care and the education of peers and patients alike.

Frans Cronje

Dr. Frans J Cronje is a Medical Practitioner who runs a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Centre at Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria. He qualified MBChB at the University of Pretoria (cum laude) in 1991 and completed an academic Fellowship in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA in 2003. He is the pioneer of modern hyperbaric oxygen therapy in South Africa and has dedicated his professional career to the advancement of wound care - in all its forms - in Southern Africa.