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Professor Eric Buch

Prof Eric Buch, MBBCh, MSc(Med), FFCH(CM)(SA), DTM&H, DOH, is the Chairperson of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Board. He is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pretoria.

Eric was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Health Advisor for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency; Deputy Director General for Health Care in Gauteng; Executive Director for Health Housing and Urbanisation of Johannesburg and a Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand. Also serve as the Director for Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

He served as General Secretary of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network and was an active member of the National Medical and Dental Association (NAMDA). He co-founded the Wits Rural Health Services Development Unit in Bushbuckridge.

Eric was a member of the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Health Systems Trust and a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee for the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health. He is the University of Pretoria lead for the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health.

Eric is a Fellow of the Faculty of Community Health of the College of Medicine of South Africa. In 2015 he was awarded the Public Health Association of South Africa’s Phila Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vice- Chairperson


Dr Chetty known as Kamy has wide experience and expertise relevant to the requirements of a CEO of the NHLS. She is a medical doctor and Specialist in Public Health Medicine and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. She has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare environment, of which over 20 years have been in senior management and executive positions. She has been an HOD of a provincial health department, and a Deputy Director General at both provincial and national levels, as well as having had some private sector experience. Dr Chetty’s strengths include public health sector leadership, corporate governance, strategic planning, operational implementation, financial management, health economics, human resources planning, training and development, health information, supply chain management, and research.

Finance, Audit & Accounting

Epidemiology & Research

University Of Pretoria/Steve Biko Academic Hospital

Limpopo Province

Department Of Health

Eastern Cape Province

Free State Province

Northern Cape Province

Professor Mary Hazel Ross

Gauteng Province

Prof Mary Hazel Ross, BSc (Hons), MBChB, DGA, DTM&H, DPH, DOH, FCPHM(SA), FFOM(UK), FFPH(UK), FFTM(RCP&S Glasgow) is currently an occupational and public health medicine consultant, an honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and serves on the board of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).

Over the last 10 years, she has been involved in development and assurance of health services and directing operational research, occupational health, public health medicine and HIV programmes in global mining groups and other industries, particularly in the African continent. She serves on editorial advisory committees for local and international journals in her fields of expertise and is Chair of the working group on occupational infectious agents for the International Commission for Occupational Health for which she served two triennial terms on the Board. She is a member of the WHO advisory group for the International Health Regulations.

She was previously an Executive Director for the NHLS, the Occupational Health Programme Director for the Mine Health and Safety Council, Deputy Regional Director of Public Health for the Department of Health.

Her honorary academic portfolio includes serving on the Human Research Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences, supervising post-graduate research, and co-ordinating the Travel Medicine short course at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Mpumalanga Province

Dr Gerhard Goosen, MBCHB has been employed by the Mpumalanga Department of Health since 2002, at various clinical and managerial capabilities. Currently, he serves as a Board Member for the National Health Laboratory Service, and is also appointed as a Clinical Manager (maternal health), fulfilling the role of District Clinical Medical Officer for Obstetrics, on the District Clinical Specialist Team for Ehlanzeni district in Mpumalanga.
Dr Goosen has served on committees such as the South African College High School (SCAS), Cravenweek outreach committee and was the Chairman of Vidago Body Corporate and Director of the ALENT 25 not for profit.
He has experience in drafting strategic and operational plans. He has also been instrumental in the implementation of clinical audits and some risk management processes. In 2008, he participated in the first Core Standard review as a team leader for the National Department of Health. In addition; he has participated in the Mpumalanga Department of Health National Conditional Grants Task Team from 2011-2013, in support of the review of tertiary services in the country.
Furthermore, Dr Goosen has remained involved in clinical medicine and has been passionate about teaching and mentoring junior personnel, both informally and as a part time voluntary lecturer for undergraduate medical students of the University of the Witwatersrand.