Mark matriculated from Rondebosch Boys’ High School in 1997 and commenced his undergraduate degree at Stellenbosch University the following year. He was awarded the MBChB degree in 2003, with a distinction in Surgery. In 2004 he completed his internship training at Groote Schuur Hospital, and spent his community service year in the Eastern Cape in 2005. He continued on at Frere Hospital in 2006 as a medical officer in the Department of Surgery. He spent two and a half happy years there, and was inspired to pursue a career in Surgery.
Mark commenced General surgical training at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2009, and finished in 2013, completing the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa, as well as the Master of Medicine Degree in Surgery from the University of Cape Town. He also wrote the exit examination for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and was awarded the medal for the best international candidate, in November 2013.
He completed a consultant rotation through the Breast and Endocrine Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, where he developed his interest in breast surgery, which he plans to continue as a partner in the practice. Mark then spent a year as a consultant in the Colorectal unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, developing skills in both open and laparoscopic colorectal procedures, as well as colonoscopy and proctology. He has developed this aspect of his practice further after being awarded the prestigious SASES Karl-Storz award, to complete a fellowship in Straubing, Germany where he received further training in laparoscopic general surgical procedures.
Mark has been the Head of the Department of Surgery at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg for almost 3 years; an appointment he took up after completing his time at Groote Schuur Hospital. Here he re-established registrar training and a formal academic programme, set up outreach to False Bay Hospital and expanded the endoscopy service. He also initiated the first laparoscopic colorectal procedures to be performed at Victoria Hospital. He set up a number of training lists where expert local surgeons were invited to teach registrars to perform laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs.
Mark has authored and co-authored a number of surgical papers, and is currently involved in a large international research grant investigating antibiotic-prescribing practices along surgical pathways. He has given numerous oral presentations at local and national surgical conferences. He is looking forward to bringing his expertise in breast surgery, as well as all aspects of general surgery, to the Matley and partners practice at Constantiaberg.
He is married to Robyn, an Ophthalmologist at Tygerberg Hospital, and they have 2 wonderful children, Joseph and Lily. When Mark is not working, he is an avid reader, and enjoys most sports, fishing and the outdoors, as well as wine tasting and spending time with his young family.