Dr Karen E Gunther
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.)
Dr Lucille Sarah Singh
Dr Lucille Singh was awarded a scholarship based on academic merit, to the University of Pretoria, where she completed her undergraduate MBChB degree in 2005. She developed an interest in Internal Medicine while completing her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital. She went on to specialize and did her post-graduate training through the University of the Witwatersrand hospital complexes, qualifying as a Physician in 2012. The Haematology bug bit whilst she was a junior medical officer at Helen Joseph Hospital under the tutorship of Prof Chita. She trained under the guidance of Prof Patel (Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital) and qualified as a Clinical Haematologist in 2014. She comes from a family of educators and credits every step of her journey to the inspiring teachers she has been privileged to meet along the way.
She is proud to be part of the "Haemteam" since 2016. She is a member of the South African Society of Haematology (SASH) and the South African Stem Cell Transplant Society (SASCeTS). She serves regularly on the clinical review panel of the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC).
Had medicine not taken it's hold on her, Dr Singh likes to think that she may have been a (struggling) artist. She can often be found pottering and painting in a ceramics studio when not at work. She enjoys spending time with her family and her favourite food is anything that her partner cooks.
Dr Philippa I Ashmore
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.