Kloppers, Jacobus Christo, Prof

Prof Christo Kloppers

MBChB(Stell) FCS(SA) MMed(UCT) FRCS(Ed) MPhil(UCT) CertGastro(SA)

Christo is a hepato-biliary-pancreatic and general surgeon who obtained the degree MBChB from the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. After internship at 1 Military Hospital and community service in Knysna he spent two years working in the Ireland and the UK. During this time he was awarded the DipPEC(SA) and MRCS(Ed) qualifications. On his return to Cape Town he completed his specialist training in General Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town. He was also admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh after successfully completing the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh exams in 2014. He followed this with a two year formal fellowship in hepatopancreatiobiliary surgery with a subspecialist certification in surgical gastroenterology. During his higher training Christo was awarded two Master’s degrees, both in clinical aspects of surgical oncology.

Christo has been the head of Acute Care Surgery, in addition to a consultant in HPB surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital since 2017. Here he has carved out an academic career where he has been involved in numerous peer review publications in addition to specialist and subspecialist training. In 2019 he had the opportunity to develop his interest in abdominal surgery after being awarded the prestigious SASES J&J award to complete a fellowship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he received further exposure in complex laparoscopic general surgical procedures. Christo as a hernia enthusiast has developed a national hernia registry and is a regular proctor to other specialists for laparoscopic hernia repair. In 2021 Christo was promoted to associate professor in Surgery at the University of Cape Town. During 2022 he completed the first robotic hernia case series in South Africa. He has a limited private practice at UCT Private Academic Hospital.