Ravi joined the Matley practice (then Jeffery Practice) in 1998. His areas of interest include surgical gastroenterology, laparoscopic colorectal and upper gastroenterology surgery, hernia surgery and the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program.
Ravi is the lead surgeon of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in South Africa. The ERAS program is, patient centered, evidence based, international multidisciplinary team approach to perioperative care. Patients in the program have a 30 – 40% reduction in complications, length of stay in hospital. Patient satisfaction and recovery has improved and patients return to normal activities earlier, commence adjuvant chemotherapy sooner with potential for improved long term survival. See www.erassociety.org. He has established the first ERAS accredited Center in Africa at the Matley Practice. He is currently assisting with the establishment of other ERAS centers within South Africa.
Ravi is the Chair of the South African Hernia Interest Group. The approach to hernia surgery has changed significantly over the last decade. This has includes new and evolving operative techniques and changes in the indications for surgery. Techniques include laparoscopic (minimal access surgery) for hernia repair, component separation and abdominal wall reconstruction and a shift to a tailored approach to patient care : the right operation for the right patient” The key task of the group is to establish national guidelines for best practice and training programs to assist the profession and industry in achieving improved patient outcomes. The first locally relevant groin hernia guidelines was published in the July SAJS 2015 and the ventral hernia guidelines in September 2016.
He also serves on the EXCO of the South African Society for Endoscopic Surgerywww.sases.org. Is the lead ERAS doctor on the South African Perioperative Research Group (SAPORG), a member of the international ERAS Society and chairs the Constantiaberg Hospital Clinical Committee He is also a founder member of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee at Constantiaberg hospital. It is a multidisciplinary team that meets on a weekly basis to address antibiotic usage, prophylaxis and measures to preventing and reducing hospital Associated Infections.
He established the first dedicated laparoscopic theatre at Constantiaberg Hospital in 2008,a first for the Medi–Clinic Group. This allowed the expansion of the service to include laparoscopic colorectal and upper GIT surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy and laparoscopic hernia surgery.
Ravi grew up in Durban, did his under graduate training at the University of KZN and completed his post – graduate training at Groote Schuur – UCT and was awarded the Excellence in Surgery prize. He holds an honorary consultant post at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town (UCT) His other areas of interest include long distance running, golf, music, travelling and he is a foodie! He is married to Professor Jennifer Moodley a public health physician who is currently the Director of the Cancer Research Initiate at UCT. Their twins are at university. They have two children , Sarah is studying veterinary science and Udarshan computer science.