Liesl Zuhlke

Dr Liesl Zühlke graduated from UCT Medical School and then qualified as a Paediatrician at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. She trained as a Paediatric Cardiologist in Cape Town and Dusseldorf, Germany. Her particular research interest is Rheumatic Heart Disease and echocardiographic screening in asymptomatic schoolchildren. She feels passionately that Rheumatic Heart Disease, a preventable chronic disease of childhood, can be controlled in developing countries using a multi-pronged approach. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Public Health and is currently a Doctoral Fellow within the ASAP programme. She is on the local organizing committee of the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery to be held in Cape Town in 2013. She is married to Alexander, a plastic surgeon and they are proud parents of two wonderful boys, Gabriel and Eli.