Meet the 2020 Laureates: Roy Shires, MBBCh, PhD, FRCP

Prof Shires

Roy Shires, MBBCh, PhD, FRCP

International Excellence in Endocrinology Award

Roy Shires is a professor of medicine at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He became the first head of the Division of Endocrinology at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the world’s third largest hospital and the only tertiary medical facility serving the largely impoverished and underprivileged population of Soweto — a sprawling, densely populated township near Johannesburg.

Prior to assuming this position, he completed fellowship training at Washington University in St Louis, Mo., in the Division of Bone and Mineral Metabolism under Dr. Louis Avioli. His groundbreaking research, “Bone and Mineral Metabolism in Streptozotocin-lnduced Chronic Diabetes Mellitus in the rat,” earned him a PhD.

Despite clinical demands at this under-resourced hospital, placing severe constraints on opportunities for research, he has managed to perform meaningful clinical research, often collaborating with basic scientists. His scientific publications have won him the best annual publication award from the Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA) a number of times.

He is acknowledged as an inspiring mentor by students, post-graduates, and fellows. He has often served as an examiner and examination coordinator for the endocrinology subspecialty diploma of the College of Medicine of South Africa and has also served as chairperson of the organizing committee for many SEMDSA annual conferences.

Despite clinical demands at this under-resourced hospital, placing severe constraints on opportunities for research, he has managed to perform meaningful clinical research, often collaborating with basic scientists.

In recognition of his multifaceted contributions to endocrinology in South Africa, he was acknowledged in 2013 with a lifetime award from SEMDSA “for excellence and dedication in clinical services, teaching and research in endocrinology.” The University of the Witwatersrand also awarded him its Distinguished Service Medal of excellence. In 2017, he was made an Honorary Member of SEMDSA, the only such honor bestowed in a long time.

Recently, he has initiated the first clinical program to manage transgender persons in the Soweto population.

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