Prof Tess Van Der Merwe

Extra-ordinary Clinical Professor and Researcher
University of Pretoria
MBChB (UP) FCP (SA) PhD (University of Witwatersrand)
Cert Endocrinology and Metabolism (SA) Phys
Member Royal Society of Medicine

Tess van der Merwe is an Extra ordinary Professor and Researcher, heading up the Department of Obesity Medicine, University of Pretoria. She is also the CEO of the 12 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. Professor van der Merwe established the CEMMS (SA) in 2005 and to date remains as the CEO of CEMMS (SA). She is also the Director of the Waterfall City Hospital Metabolic Medicine and Surgery Centre Research group and is a fulltime clinician at this hospital. Under her guidance, the Waterfalls City hospital was awarded international accreditation to perform metabolic surgery, in November 2011, and is the only hospital in SA that carries this honour to date. She received her MBChB from the University Pretoria, South Africa (1982) and was subsequently awarded an FCP (SA), before becoming a registered Endocrinologist and gaining her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was appointed as Associate Professor of Endocrinology at the University of the Witwatersrand 2003 – 2006.

Professor van der Merwe has in excess of 120 publications in the field of obesity, metabolism and endocrinology, and has contributed to obesity study modules for the Foundation for Professional Development and IASO. In 2006 & 2010 she wrote a manual on obesity management guidelines for South Africa and currently serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals.

Over the past 15 years she has conducted in excess of 650 media and television interviews and devoted much energy to creating a better understanding of the disease of obesity amongst public, media and medical professionals. She still contributes to the SCOPE international obesity course and is currently a member of the EAC-BS accreditation review committee for the Surgeon of Excellence Program.