UCT Private Academic Hospital
UCT Private Academic Hospital

+27 (0)21 442 1800

Digestive Diseases Centre

Digestive Diseases

Digestive Diseases

Gastroenterology as a specialty was introduced in South Africa during the late 1950’s with the establishment of the Gastrointestinal Unit (GIT Clinic) at Groote Schuur Hospital. The Clinic has over the years enjoyed national and international recognition for outstanding clinical services and related research.

The Clinic also prides itself for pioneering an integrated medico-surgical service which was formally established with the move to the New Building in 1989. This move resulted in the development of multidisciplinary sub-specialties in the field of Gastroenterology and as such the Clinic has become a referral centre for the management of complex tertiary and quaternary gastroenterological diseases.

There is currently considerable medico-surgical expertise at a sub-specialist level and with support from allied specialties there is the ability to cover almost the entire field in Gastroenterology in a multi-disciplinary fashion “under the same roof”. The Clinic has now also extended its services to the UCTPAH.


  •          Foregut (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum)
  •          Hepato – pancreatobiliary (HPB)
  •          Colo-rectal and small bowel 


Intestinal Failure and Fistula Unit at the Digestive Diseases Centre Netcare UCT Private Academic

 The Intestinal Failure Unit of the Digestive Diseases Centre at Netcare UCT Private Academic is a dedicated unit run by a sub-specialist colorectal surgeon who has a broad experience in the treatment of entero-cutaneous fistulae, short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure. Dr Boutall runs the Groote Schuur Hospital Intestinal Failure Unit and has published results of surgery in peer reviewed international journals. The Groote Schuur unit has managed more than 140 patients resulting in unparalleled experience in this field. All patients are managed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a colorectal surgeon, a gastroenterologist, a dietician, stoma therapists and a psychiatrist. This is a highly specialized field dealing with complications of surgery requiring a dedicated and experienced team.

 Intestinal Failure Team

  • Colorectal Surgeon - Dr Adam Boutall
  • Medical Gastroenterologist - Dr Dion Levin
  • Dietician - Anna-Lena Du Toit
  • Psychiatrist - Dr Carla Freeman
  • Stomatherapy - Sr Dee Waugh & Sr Anneke Bowley

 For more information please contact Dr Adam Boutall on email : boutall@icloud.com


Digestive Diseases Centre Contact Information

Tel Number: +27 (21) 442 9231 / 9243

Fax Number: +27 (21) 442 1989

E-mail address: UCT.DDC@netcare.co.za

Office hours: 08h00 - 17h00
After hours: +27 (21) 442 1800

Doctors at the clinic:

  • Dr Dion Levin – Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Marc Bernon – GIT Surgeon
  • Dr Adam Boutall – GIT Surgeon
  • Dr Sean Burmeister – GIT Surgeon
  • Dr Galya Chinnery – GIT Surgeon
  • Prof Eduard Jonas – GIT Surgeon
  • Prof Jake Krige – GIT Surgeon
  • Prof Sandie Thomson – GIT Surgeon  
  • Dr Claire Warden – GIT Surgeon
  • Dr Neliswa Gogela - Hepatologist
  • Dr Eugenio Panieri – Surgeon