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Dr Karen E Gunther

Clinical Haematologist

Dr Karen Gunther obtained her MBChB degree Cum Laude from the University of Cape Town.  She then did her post graduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITs), also graduating Cum Laude, with her Masters Degree in Haematology. She was one of the first registered  Clinical Haematologists in South Africa. She has worked as a senior Consultant at WITs and during her time at there she published numerous articles in local and international journals. She was accepted  as a member of the American Society of Haematology for her contributions to the field.


She continues to be an invited speaker at numerous post graduate educational events and congresses and has been involved in the launch of many of the amazing new drugs that have been registered for use in Haematology in South Africa. She is currently a director of the South African Oncology Consortium(SAOC)  and on the executive committee of the South African Society of Haematology (SASH).

However, her first love is patient care. In 2007 she moved into private practice. Her commitment to patient care and unflinching work ethic built the foundations of the "Haemteam." When not working she can be found playing tennis, horse riding and more recently, cycling (a new passion spurred on by a patient!).


She has two amazing children who survived her despotic parenting and a long-suffering husband (who makes all of this possible and despite what people think, is not responsible for her frequent black eyes and bruises which are mostly related to falling off horses and mountain bikes.)

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Dr Philippa Ashmore

Clinical Haematologist

Dr Philippa Ashmore grew up in Johannesburg and, after relocating to the U.K., she graduated with distinction from St George’s Hospital Medical School in London in 2006. After completing her internship in London’s East End (Whipps Cross Hospital and The Royal London Hospital), and a teaching fellowship at Kingston Hospital for which she was awarded clinical teacher of the year in 2008, she returned to South Africa in 2009. Dr Ashmore completed her training in Internal Medicine at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, achieving her MMed and FCP. During this time, she discovered her passion for Clinical Haematology in which she subspecialised, under the guidance of Professor Moosa Patel.


She is a welcome addition to the "Haemteam" since January 2018. Dr Ashmore is experienced in managing a wide range of general haematological conditions although she has a special interest in leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and stem cell transplantation. She is involved in clinical trials, allowing patients the opportunity of early access to new treatments. She is a member of the South African Society of Haematology (SASH), the South African Stem Cell Transplant Society (SASCeTS) and the European Haematology Association (EHA). She serves as a regular panellist for the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC).


In her spare time, Dr Ashmore is an avid reader, cycles, runs, and enjoys spending time with her family.


Medical Officers

The Haemteam has two excellent Medical Officers on staff. Dr Rikus Visser and Dr Claire Rüger has joined the team this year.

All our doctors work together to provide the best possible care to our patients.

Our Treatment Room Team


The very best in healthcare will be found in the haemteam treatment room.

Our pharmacist and nurses go above and beyond to let the patients know that we are the family they didn't choose.

With great care, skill and an incredible sense of humor, the patients are in the best hands.

Our Administrative & Support Team


Our Administrative and Support staff consists of reception, authorizations, finance, filing and management. 

The staff believe in putting our patients first and each and everyone has a deep passion for what they do.



The Haemteam has always been a place of love and healing. HaemCARE provides specialised care and support to truly offer a holistic service to our patients.

HaemCARE offers our patients mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual support throughout their treatment.


Our offerings:

  • Counselling (Individual sessions or general support / guidance)

  • Trauma debriefing

  • Family counselling and support

  • Facilitation

  • Daily ward rounds


Our Doctors

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