Dr Van der Merwe is an associate professor in the Department of Urology at Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. His post graduate qualifications are MRCSEng, MRCSEd, FC(Urol)SA, MMed (Urol)SA. His interests include renal transplant, laparoscopy and renal stonetreatment. He travels regularly in Africa teaching the basics of minimal invasive surgery or to operate. He has more than peer reviewed 20 publications in the last 5 years and many congress presentations. He is currently in the final year of a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology which is done part time.