Neil grew up in Worcester and matriculated from Esselen Park High School in 1985. He completed his medical training at the University of Cape Town in 1991 and did his internship at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Following internship Neil worked at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as a medical officer in paediatrics before joining Mitchells Plain community health centre, where he gained extensive experience in general medical practice. His surgical experience started in 1996 at Worcester Regional Hospital where he worked as a medical officer in General Surgery for 3 years, prior to starting his specialist surgical training at Groote Schuur hospital in 1999.
On completion of his training in general surgery he was appointed as a consultant general surgeon at New Somerset hospital in 2005, where he was responsible for all clinical services until 2007 when he started his sub-specialist training in vascular surgery at St James’s hospital, the academic hospital of Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. During his 3 year training period in vascular surgery, Neil received expert training in all aspects of open, endovascular and venous surgery at this prestigious high case volume unit. Neil returned to Cape Town in 2010 and was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon at Groote Schuur hospital. In 2014 he was appointed as head of the vascular unit at University of South Africa (Medunsa) in Pretoria.
During the past 7 years, he was responsible for undergraduate, postgraduate and fellowship vascular teaching and training at the university as well as doing private practice at Netcare Unitas hospital in Centurion. Neil has served on the EXCO of the Vascular Society of South Africa since 2014.
Neil is an accomplished and experienced vascular surgeon, with special interests in endovascular surgery, dialysis access and venous surgery. He believes that good clinical practice is built on the foundation of empathetic bedside manner and teamwork.
Neil is married to Tracy, and they have 3 children. Neil enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with hobbies including running, cycling, and golf. He also has a keen interest in history and philosophy.