We are excited to introduce Dr Stella Botha, who has recently joined Winelands Rheumatology Centre at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology in Stellenbosch.
She is a specialist physician / rheumatologist and has expertise in the diagnosis and management of a large number of rheumatological conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders and systemic immune mediated conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriatic arthritis, spondylarthritis, systemic sclerosis, polymyositis, systemic vasculitis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and gout,
Her clinical services include in-patient hospital consultations and outpatient care for patients with rheumatic conditions. She is experienced in diagnostic and therapeutic joint aspirations and injections, as well as providing biological treatment for specific immune-mediated rheumatological conditions. She is also a qualified musculoskeletal sonographer performing musculoskeletal ultrasound investigations.
Dr Stella Botha studied medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. After doing her internship, she moved to the Netherlands where she did her clinical training and completed her specialisation in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Leiden University Medical Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. She was granted an EU ARTICULUM Fellowship to do research on osteoarthritis at the Department of Rheumatology at the Descartes University and Cochin Hospital in Paris, France. She has published many peer-reviewed papers in national and international literature and finished her PhD degree on assessment and determinants of disease progression in osteoarthritis at the departments of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology in Leiden, the Netherlands. After working as a specialist in the Netherlands, she returned to South Africa in 2014 and worked as a senior specialist in the Department of Medicine and Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town until 2019, where she still holds an honorary appointment involved with teaching and clinical research.
We are very excited to have her join the Winelands Rheumatology team and believe she will be a huge asset to our practice and IOR.