COVID-19 has greatly complicated both the detection and treatment of respiratory tract infections (RTIs). While the COVID-19 pandemic is a significant public health crisis, RTIs have continued unabated and clinicians must be capable of detecting and treating these conditions independently of 

COVID-19 has greatly complicated both the detection and treatment of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) [Image: Shutterstock].

Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Time: 19h00

Speaker: Prof Charles Feldman

Professor Charles Feldman obtained his MB BCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequently received his FCP (SA) from the College of Medicine of South Africa and his PhD and DSc (senior doctorate) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was registered as a sub-specialist in Pulmonology in 1993 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 1997. His current position is that of Distinguished Professor of Pulmonology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

He is a member of a number of national and international societies and has been President of the South African Thoracic Society on two previous occasions. He is very active in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) having held a number of posts, including leadership posts, within the Pulmonary Infection-TB Assembly of ATS. Professor Feldman was elected as a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014 and as a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society in 2018. Professor Feldman is an National Research Foundation of South Africa A-rated scientist. He undertakes both clinical and basic research.

The topic of his clinical research is community-acquired pneumonia, especially pneumococcal pneumonia and particularly in the setting of HIV infection. His basic research has been in the field of airway inflammation of both infective and non-infective aetiology. He has more than 380 publications in books, book chapters, and in both indexed and DE-accredited peer reviewed journals. In 2018 Professor Feldman received the Platinum Medal of the Medical Research Council of SA for his “outstanding lifetime scientific achievement in the field of health”.