Prof Paul Wessels
Affiliated Lecturer
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
GN 330
G 71
051 4053272

Short CV

Present Appointment:

In the Department Head/Chairman / Chief Specialist
In the Unit Head: Unit for Human Reproduction

Societies and Associations:

Departmental - Reproduction Care Unit / Gynaecological Endoscopy / Endoscopic Surgery

Faculty - Financial Committee / Committee for Equity and Equality / Pharmaceutical Committee / M.B.Ch.B. Selection Committee

Overseas Associations - American Fertility Society / American Association of Gynaecologic Laparoscopists / European Society of Reproduction and Embryology

Inland Societies - Medical Society of South Africa

SA Society for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
SA Academy for Science and Art
SA Embryogroup
Committee for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, SA College for Health Sciences 


School Matric – Winburg High School
Tertiary MBChB – University of the Free State
MMed (OetG) Cum Laude – University of the Free State
MD Cum Laude – University of the Free State
Any Other FCOG (SA) – SA College of Medicine

Publications: 25 Publications in International Scientific Journals.

Public Appearances: More than two hundred appearances in front of scientific groups as well as lay groups.

Research and Academic Activities:

Gamete intra-fallopian transfer in the treatment of longstanding infertility. MRC and SRF grant.
Genital tuberculosis in the fertile and infertile population.
MRC and SRF grant.
Endometriosis research group as pat of the Unit for
Human Reproduction, UFS, Bloemfontein.
Cryopreservation of human gametes and embryos. 


Attend a special course on Research Methodology
Presented at the Faculty of Medicine, UFS,
Bloemfontein. 1989
Moderator for completed M Fam Med thesis (UFS):
Die Huisarts en Infertiliteit – ‘n Kritiese evaluering.
Dr AP Oosthuizen. 

Units/Super Specialisation:

Unit for Human Reproduction This unit functions as a tertiary unit, which manages tertiary level patients presenting with infertility. All patients seen in this unit are referred from either a secondary hospital or a private practicing medical specialist. All levels of infertility management are offered at this unit including induction of ovulation, artificial insemination (AI), gamete intra fallopian transfer (GIFT), in vitro fertilization (IVF), intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), freezing of gametes and embryos, surgical reconstruction of pelvic organs (endoscopy as well as open surgery). All programmes are also duplicated in a donor programme. The professional management team of the Unit for Human Reproduction consists of two gynaecologists, two professional nurses, one medical scientist, three clinical technologists, a social worker, a clinical psychologist, a pastoral therapist and two administrative personnel. Other specialties are consulted when indicated. The Unit functions on a 7 day per week basis and post graduate students working in the Unit are exposed to all levels of infertility care. They also get a good exposure to diagnostic endoscopy with the aim of infertility diagnostics. Diagnostic ultrasound also forms a major part of the management of the patients in the Unit for Human Reproduction. 

Gynaecological Endoscopy 

Gynaecological endoscopy and endoscopic surgery is offered on a tertiary level to patients attending this clinic. All forms of gynaecological endoscopy including laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, cystoscopy and salpingostomy is practised in this Unit. Regarding –gynaecological endoscopy surgery all different types are offered, including blunt dissection, sharp dissection, electro cautery and CO2-laser surgery. Registrars working in this Unit are exposed to all these levels of endoscopic surgery themselves. After completing their training in this Unit they should be able to perform good diagnostic endoscopy, managing ovarian cysts, tubal sterilization, ectopic pregnancy, adhesiolysis and endometriosis up to Grade III. All patients attending this clinic are referred from secondary care level hospitals as well as private practicing specialists.



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