Calligaro Gregory Louis, Prof


Practice Number: 0493996

HPCSA Number: MP 0554006

Qualifications: BSc. Hons. (Phys.), MBBCh (Wits), Dip PEC(SA), MMed (UCT), FCP(SA), Cert. Pulm(SA).

Professional background

Prof Calligaro finished his undergraduate medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2001, and qualified as a specialist physician in 2009 and a respiratory specialist in 2012 at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His current positions are consultant in the Department of Medicine, and in the Respiratory Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital, and senior research coordinator at the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity at the UCT Lung Institute. He is completing a PhD examining lung health in patients with HIV infection on antiretroviral treatment.

Prof Calligaro has also helped to establish extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at Groote Schuur Hospital, and is the medical lead of the first lung transplant center in an academic hospital in South Africa. In 2016, he completed a Fellowship in thoracic transplantation at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. His clinical work focuses on cystic fibrosis, exercise physiology in health and disease, pulmonary hypertension, and advanced chronic lung disease, particularly where lung transplantation is being considered. His research interests and publications are in the field of HIV-related lung disease, active case finding and novel diagnostics for TB, the medical and surgical management of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB, and rejection in lung transplantation.

Special Interests

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung transplantation