AIU Clinical Practice Staff

Clinical Practice Staff

We have highly qualified staff within our unit dedicated to ensure that our patients receive high quality service throughout their visit to our practice. We also have trained allergy specialists for both adult and paediatric patients.

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Our Clinical Practice Doctors

Associate Professor Jonny Peter

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MBChB; FCP (SA); MMed; Phd
Associate Professor Jonathan Peter is Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He also heads the Allergy and Immunology Unit at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute. In February 2016, he became the first HPCSA registered allergist in the College of Physicians, South Africa. He is the recipient of a number of awards for medical training including the 2012/2013 Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship where he undertook sub-specialist training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the John Radcliffe Hospital and a post-doctoral period in the laboratory of TB vaccinologist, Professor Helen McShane. Jonathan has over 50 publications in high impact factor journals, and an H-index of 26. In 2015, he was awarded a Silver Scientific Merit Award as an outstanding early-career researcher by the South African Medical Research Council. His current clinical and research interests include: i) urticaria and angioedema, ii) drug and food additive allergy, iii) indigenous therapies for allergic diseases and iii) primary immunodeficiency diseases. Read full bio

Associate Professor Claudia Gray

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MBChB; MSc (Pharmacology); FRCPCH; DipPaedNutrition; DipAllergy; PhD (Paed)
Associate Professor Claudia Gray is a paediatrician with subspecialist accreditation in allergology. She undertook her medical degree at the University of Cape Town and specialized in paediatrics, paediatric allergy and paediatric clinical pharmacology in London. She returned from the United Kingdom to settle in Cape Town with her family 6 years ago.
Claudia has a private paediatric and allergology clinic at the UCT Lung Institute in Cape Town. She is also a part time consultant at the Allergy and Asthma clinic at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are in allergy pharmacology, and in food allergies in eczema patients, on which she has recently completed her PhD.
Claudia has numerous publications in the fields of allergy and pharmacology, and presents regularly at local as well as international conferences. She is on the editorial team of the journal “Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology.” Claudia is a regular examiner at the postgraduate Diploma in Allergy exams, and a member of the executive committee of the Allergy Society of South Africa.

Professor Eugene Weinberg

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Professor Eugene Weinberg is a consultant paediatrician at the UCT Lung Institute. He also serves as the editor of Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He previously served as the head of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. AWARDS: Lifetime Achievement Award; Best research poster | ALLSA Annual Congress ; Medic Alert Award for Outstanding Service ; First Roger Altounyan Award for Contribution to understanding of Allergy and Asthma in Children; SANDOZ – ESPACI ALLERGY AWARD; Distinguished Teacher Award | University of Cape Town Medical School; Best presentation | ICAACI Congress; Lorber Fellowship in Paediatric Allergy.

Dr Diane Hawarden

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Dr Diane Hawarden is the chairman of ALLSA. She has served on the ALLSA Excom for many years, as treasurer and Vice-Chairman.
Di is a UCT graduate, working in the Division of Allergology, Dept. of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital. She also consults with private patients at the UCT Lung Institute (Allergy & Immunology Unit). She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, as well as guest-editing Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology three times. She is currently the deputy editor of Current Allergy. Di is a regular examiner for the postgraduate Diploma in Allergology. Together with Dr Emanuel, she is co-author of the popular ABC of Allergy.

Dr Thulja Trikamjee

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MBChB, FC Paed (SA), Dip Allerg (SA), CERT Paed Allerg (SA)
Dr Thulja Trikamjee is a specialist Paediatrician, with a sub-specialty Certificate in Paediatric Allergy, as well as a Diploma in Allergy through the College of Medicine of South Africa. She is a member of the Allergy Society of South Africa, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, and an elected board member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Her fellowship in Allergology was attained through the Discovery Foundation, who awarded her the Sub-specialist Award in 2015, and was also the recipient of the MSD ALLSA Research Award 2016 for her ongoing work on Aeroallergens in Dust. She was only the second person in Africa to have completed the Certificate in Allergology, and is passionate about developing the field in other parts of South Africa. Dr Trikamjee has presented her work both internationally and at local congresses, has appeared on health related talk shows, and is an examiner to medical student exams, as well as the Diploma in Allergy.
Dr Trikamjee consults adults and children at the Lung Institute on Monday and Friday mornings.

Dr Jeanette Holthuasen

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Dr Jeanette Holtzhausen is an experienced clinical research physician/ GCP certified investigator at the UCT Lung Institute, with an interest in pharmacology, asthma, allergy and smoking related lung disease. She also conducts limited private practice in the field of allergology, including asthma, allergy, dermatological conditions and adverse drug reactions. She has postgraduate qualifications in paediatrics, pharmacology, allergology, integrative and functional medicine. Prior experience includes paediatrics, family medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology. She been working in association with Prof Eric Bateman, Prof Richard van Zyl Smit (Pulmonology) and Prof Paul Potter (Allergology) and has been involved in the conduct of many international studies in the field of asthma, COPD, allergy, immunotherapy, TB vaccines and biological treatment for severe asthma. She believes in an integrated approach to medicine and addressing the underlying psycho social, environmental and lifestyle factors influencing health and disease.

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