DR AMISHA MARAJ
After finishing her studies at the University of Cape Town in 2008, Dr Amisha Maraj completed her internship and community service at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Eager to expand her knowledge, Dr Maraj began as a registrar in General Surgery and commenced her specialist surgical training at the University of Witwatersrand directly after obtaining her medical degree.
Dr Amisha Maraj was awarded her Fellowship of Surgery degree in 2016. Within the same year, she also obtained her Master's Degree in Medicine in General Surgery. In addition, she was awarded by the South African Medical Association: Award for Recognition - composite of hard work academically and excellence with hospital work.
Dr Maraj has also worked as a general surgery consultant and associate lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand. Having written over six academic articles, some of which are published in both local and international journals, Dr Maraj continues to contribute to research in the fields of general surgery. Dr Maraj is currently researching the role of colonoscopies in the detection of premalignant lesions within the South African population. As a specialist surgeon, she is the Chair of the Gender Equity Committee of the University of Witswatersrand as well as a committee member of Women In Healthcare. She is a member of the South African Gastroenterology Society, College of Medicine South Africa, SURGICOM and South African Medical Association.
After being awarded a Fellowship for further training in surgical gastroenterology (colorectal) through WITS Donald Gordon Medical Centre, where she did a further two years of surgical training in gastroenterology (colorectal), Dr Maraj was the recipient of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) 2019 Traveling Fellowship. She attended the ACPGBI 2019 Colorectal Congress at the Dublin Convention Centre 1 -3 July 2019. During this Fellowship, she joined Professor Ronan O'Connell at St Vincent's University Hospital Colorectal Unit and Professor Charles Maxwell-Armstrong at Nottingham University Hospital in the United Kingdom, where she gained not only international training but also valuable skills and knowledge. She also attended an Endoanal Ultrasound Course by The Pelvic Floor Society; Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland in Dublin.
Currently, Dr Maraj is practising as a specialist general surgeon at Life Brenthurst Hospital in Parktown and at Cure Day Hospital in Fourways. As a Specialist Surgeon, Dr Maraj's expertise lies in proctology, including haemorrhoids, perianal fistulae and complicated perineal sepsis, colonoscopy and gastroscopy, anal fissures, pilonidal sinus and colorectal pathologies such as constipation, incontinence and obstructive defecation syndrome. She also has a special interest in women's health and complications after childbirth, including haemorrhoids, perianal and obstetric anal sphincter injury repairs and both benign and malignant breast conditions.