Mark grew up in Durban and matriculated in the top 30 in Natal. He completed his medical training at the University of Cape Town in 1998, where he was the elected class rep. for five years. He won the Family Medicine class medal, and Frank Foreman prize for the greatest contribution to student affairs.
He then spent a year at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg for his internship followed by a year at various secondary hospitals in Cape Town for his community service. Following community service Mark spent a year working as a GP in Manitoba, Canada, in order to broaden his medical experience.
In 2002 Mark returned to Cape Town to begin specialist surgical training at Groote Schuur hospital. He completed this training in 2006 being awarded the ASSA prize for surgical research, and the Swann-Morton prize for the best surgical registrar. Mark continued at Groote Schuur for a further two years in a sub specialist fellowship training position in the Hepato-Biliary unit. This provided training in ERCP, GI endoscopy, and complex liver, pancreas and bile duct surgery. At the end of these two years Mark passed the sub-specialist exam in surgical gastroenterology.
To further increase his skills and experience in hepato-biliary surgery Mark and his family moved to Newcastle in the UK for 2009, where Mark took up a one year fellowship in hepato-biliary and transplant surgery at the Freeman Hospital. This year provided the opportunity for a high volume of liver and pancreatic surgery cases, as well as ERCP, and expert training in the field. Mark is an accomplished general surgeon, with special interests in liver, pancreas and gallstone surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and endoscopy (including ERCP). He is the newest recruit to the practice, having joined in February 2010, to complete the collection of specialists involved in the new surgical GIT unit at Constantiaberg.
Mark is married to Tanya and they have two small children. Mark’s hobbies include golf, flyfishing, and scuba diving.