Prof Tess van der Merwe
Chair SASSO and CEO of CEMMS (SA)
CEO CEMMS (Waterfall City Hospital)
Extra ordinary Professor. Department of Health Sciences. UP
MB ChB (UP)
Prof Tess lives with her husband, two children, and four dogs. Prof Tess van der Merwe is also an Honorary Professor and Researcher in the Department of Endocrinology, University of Pretoria. She is also the CEO of the 11 Centres for Metabolic Medicine and Surgery of South Africa CEMMS(SA). She was the Honorary Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Obesity for a period of 8 years and currently remains the Africa consultant for this association. In addition, she is the Chair of the South African Society for Obesity Metabolism (SASSO) and has served this organisation for more than 25 years. Currently her primary clinical commitment is in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgery for obese and diabetic patients. She has been invited to chair prestigious international lectures and symposiums, and been invited to do numerous research and keynote international lectures in her field of medicine. She currently serves on the Scientific Board of the International Federation for Surgical Obesity.
Prof Tess was critical in the acquisition of medical aid funding for bariatric surgery in South Africa.