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Prof Dinky (Naomi) Levitt Prof Dinky (Naomi) Levitt
Tel: 021 406 6474

Short Bio

Professor and Head of Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town.

A Clinical Endocrinologist/Diabetologist integrally involved in the development of guidelines for people with diabetes nationally, regionally and internationally over the past decade.

Areas of research include the burden of diabetes, health services research for chronic diseases particularly diabetes, metabolic consequences of antiretroviral therapy and pathogenesis of obesity.

Associate Director - RETIRED

Prof Krisela Steyn Prof Krisela Steyn
Tel: 021 406 6802

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Krisela Steyn started her professional career as a Biochemist, lecturing at the University of the Western Cape. Thereafter she qualified in Medicine at the University of Cape Town in 1979 and the MD degree was conferred upon her in 1987 on research completed in the Department of Community Health. Until June 2006 Krisela Steyn was the Director of the Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle (CDL) Unit at the Medical Research Council and also Director of the World Health CDL Collaborating Centre. She is currently in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her research involves public health research highlighting the increasing burden of chronic diseases and their risk factors in developing countries associated with changes in tobacco use, diet, exercise and other lifestyles.

Centre Manager

Ms Carmelita Sylvester
BA (Development Studies)
Tel: 021 406 6572

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Carmelita Sylvester has a background in research administration and finance. She spent 8 years with UCT's Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services before joining the Faculty of Health Science as a Project Coordinator in 2008.




Senior Secretary

 Ms Liezel Fisher
Tel: 021 406 6140

Short Bio

Liezel Fisher joined UCT as a research administrator assistant in 2012. She is currently the Senior Secretary to Professor Naomi Levitt.  






Assistant Administrator

Ms Chantal Stuart

Tel: 021 650 5228

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Chantal Stuart joined the Endocrine Division as a fieldworker in 2008. Ms Stuart joined CDIA in 2012 as an Administrator Assistant.






Research Staff

Dr. Katherine Murphy

PhD, BA, HDE, PG Dip Health Promotion

021 4066820

Chief Research Officer

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Katherine Everett-Murphy has a post graduate qualification in Health Promotion from the University of Galway in Ireland and in 2011 graduated with a PhD in Public Health from the University of Cape Town. The current focus of her work is developing and testing behavioural change interventions around the lifestyle related risk factors for non-communicable disease – namely smoking, alcohol misuse, physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet.



Sr. Buyelwa Majikela-Dlangamandla

​021 4066820

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

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Buyelwa obtained her BA Cur degree at the University of South Africa. She has worked in various clinical areas since 1985 at Groote Schuur Hospital as a Professional Nurse. In year 2000 she joined UCT’s Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology based within the Department of Medicine as a Diabetes educator. In 2014 she obtained a Master Degree (MSc) in Nursing at UCT.

Buyelwa is a committee member of the Diabetes Education Consultative Section (DECS) of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). In 2011 she was a member of the Organising Committee, IDF Congress, Dubai and 2013, Melbourne.


Sr. Carmen Delport

Tel: 021 650 5351

Research Registered Nurse

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Carmen Delport is a registered nurse working as a study coordinator on various CDIA projects. Sr Delport started her career as a registered nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1999 after completing a four-year integrated course in 1998 at the Nico Malan nursing college.  Having worked for 8 years in the medical wards of Groote Schuur Hospital, Sr Deport joined UCT’s Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology research team based within the Department of Medicine in 2007. She has a B-Tech degree in Primary Health Care and a diploma in Nursing Management and in Nursing Education.