SPECIALIST ONCOLOGISTS

We strive to offer a professional and personalised service. All treatment is done in accordance with the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC) or Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON) protocols. We regularly attend national and international meetings to stay abreast of the latest treatment developments. We also consult international publications to ensure your treatment is in accordance with international standards. By doing this, we can reassure that you are offered the best possible treatment available in South Africa. We value the relationship with our patients.

We have six experienced specialists in our partnership:

Dr Rory Callaghan

The founding partner of the practice. He practices in Durban, Umhlanga, Ballito and Hillcrest.

Dr Callaghan qualified as a Radiation Oncologist in 1993. He served his period as a registrar at Addington Hospital in Durban and entered private practice in 1994. During this time he continued to work as a part-time consultant in the public sector. He also acted as Part-time lecturer and examiner/moderator for the Department of Radiography, Technikon, Natal. He moved to establish an independent practice in 1995. Dr Callaghan has been active in SASCRO (South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists) for many years. He has presented several papers at congresses and meetings. He is recognised as an expert in cranial stereotactic radiotherapy (the treatment of small lesions within the brain). He also performs the highly specialised prostate brachytherapy treatments in conjunction with a urologist and a physicist. Here, a minute radioactive pellet is inserted directly into the prostate to treat small, localised lesions.

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban), 031 350 4011 (Umhlanga)
Cellular phone: 083 775 9154, Email: rory@oncocare.co.za

Dr Leon Marais

He practices in Hillcrest and Durban.

A community-based Clinical Oncologist, Dr Leon Marais was raised in Durban, in the Highway-area. He received his medical training in Bloemfontein, returning to KZN to work at a variety of Provincial Hospitals before going back to Bloemfontein to specialise. Dr Marais qualified as an Oncologist in 2010 and started working as a consultant at Greys Hospital before going into private practice in 2011. He strongly believes in evidence-based medicine, matching the needs of the patient with the most appropriate available treatment in a comforting manner that involves and informs the patient.

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban), 031 350 4060 (Hillcrest)
Cellular phone: 083 636 6666, Email: leon@oncocare.co.za

Dr Neil Narsai

He practices in Umhlanga and Durban.

Dr Neil Narsai was born and raised in Durban and matriculated at Sastri College, before completing his MBChB degree at The University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School in 2002. He went on to complete his internship at King Edward VIII Hospital and community service at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, before joining the Department of Oncology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in 2005. He commenced registrar training in Oncology in 2006 and obtained his fellowship in the College of Radiation Oncologists in October 2009. During a 3 year stint as a consultant in the department, Dr Narsai obtained his Masters in Medicine (MMed) Radiotherapy & Oncology for his dissertation “Radioactive Iodine in the Management of Thyrotoxicosis”. In May 2013, Dr Narsai left the Oncology department to join Drs Callaghan and Marais in private practice and has been based predominantly at The Umhlanga Oncology Centre

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban), 031 350 4011 (Umhlanga)
Cellular phone: 081 016 4196, Email: neil@oncocare.co.za

Dr Poovan Govender

He practices in Umhlanga and Durban.

Dr Poovan Govender completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Natal in 2000. He obtained his Fellowship in Radiation Oncology (FC Rad Onc) from the College of Medicine of South Africa in October 2008. Thereafter, Dr Govender completed his Master of Medicine in Radiotherapy and Oncology (MMED) through the University of Kwazulu Natal in 2011. He then received his certification as an oncologist from the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) in 2012. After stints as the clinical head of oncology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban and acting HOD in the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, he ventured into private practice in October 2016, joining the Oncocare team. Dr Govender is on the editorial committee for the South African Journal of Oncology (SAJO) and serves as a postgraduate examiner with the College of Radiation Oncologists. He is also on the executive committee of the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists (SASCRO). To date, he has 14 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He enjoys reading, music and yoga in his spare time.

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban), 031 350 4011 (Umhlanga)
Cellular phone: 083 647 4093, Email: poovan@oncocare.co.za

Dr Anne Maxwell

She practices in Durban.

Dr Maxwell qualified in 1977 from The University of Cape Town and completed her Fellowship in Clinical Oncology in 1984. In 1986 she established the first private Oncology practice in South Africa where chemotherapy was administered and provided in the private sector. She continued in solo practice until 2013 when she joined the Practice. She has an ongoing interest in cancer research and treatment. She is also a practicing artist, working mostly in oils and etching and engraving prints.
She works part-time in the Durban rooms to allow her to follow her artistic pursuits concurrently.

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban)
Cellular phone: 083 789 5548, Email: anne@oncocare.co.za

Dr Ria David

She practices in Durban and Umhlanga.

Dr Ria David was born in the city of Durban and matriculated at Glenhaven Secondary in Verulam. After graduating as a medical doctor (MBChB) at the University of Natal in 2002, she moved to Cape Town for a year to complete an internship at Groote Schuur Hospital. In 2004 she returned to KwaZulu Natal to serve the community of Umkhanyakude in northern KZN at Bethesda Hospital. Following this, Dr Ria David worked at McCord Hospital, Durban where she discovered a love for internal medicine. This newfound interest took her to the University of Witwatersrand (2007-2013) where she completed her specialist training in internal medicine (FCP(SA)) on the Johannesburg circuit and went on to super-specialize in medical oncology (Cert Med Onc (SA)) at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. As a medical oncologist, her expertise lies in the holistic, systemic management of cancer patients. Dr Ria David has special interests in breast-, colorectal-, and haematological (blood) malignancies. She is a committee member of the Durban Breast Cancer Forum.

Office: 031 209 9030 (Durban), 031 350 4011 (Umhlanga)
Cellular phone: 083 682 0038, Email: ria@oncocare.co.za

Chemotherapy staff

Our staff are all trained and experienced in the administration of chemotherapy. They are dedicated to ensuring you receive your chemotherapy safely and comfortably. Before each chemotherapy session, they will ensure that you are ready for the treatment. They will consult with the doctor if there are problems that need to be addressed. The chemotherapy staff is an invaluable source of practical information on the management of challenges and side effects that you might experience during your time with us.

Hillcrest

  • Colleen Anderson
  • Dianne Clark

Durban

  • Linda Crous
  • Priscilla Fynn
  • Nola Premrajh

Umhlanga

  • Babitha Maistry
  • Rene Nortje

Radiotherapy staff

Although we work in the same building, the radiotherapy department is separate from the doctors’ practice. It is operated by Equra Health. Equra Health is a specialised healthcare company that employs radiotherapists and medical physicists.

Reception staff

Hillcrest

  • Debra Lee

Durban

  • Alex Richmand
  • Heather Clark
  • Charmaine Delpanl
  • Ronelle Ryan

Umhlanga

  • Patsy Govender

Pharmacy staff

Durban

  • Dhiren Singh
  • Tilly Arjuna

Umhlanga

  • Jenny Ashton

Accounts

  • Michel Kritzinger

Administration

  • Aveen Sukhraj

Support

  • Beauty Mkhize
  • Sanjay Singh