Dr Pieter Willem Jordaan
Dr Pieter Jordaan is the first South African to become a Fellow of the European Board of Hand Surgery after successfully completing the European Board of Hand Surgery Examination and obtaining the European Diploma of Hand Surgery in 2021.
Pieter completed his medical degree, as top of his class, at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003. After that he worked in a variety of medical fields both locally, in South Africa, and in New Zealand and Ireland. During this time he completed his diploma in Anaesthesia through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.
In 2012 he started training as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. He completed his training with a dissertation Cum Laude from University of Cape Town and obtained the JM Edelstein medal for the top candidate in the country wide Orthopaedic exam in South Africa 2016.
Pieter then decided to narrow his field of speciality to hand surgery and completed a hand and upper limb fellowship at the Martin Singer Hand Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital under the world renowned Professor Michael Solomons.
For the following year he continued his hand surgery training at the prestigious Wrightington Hospital Upper Limb Unit, one of only 4 Orthopaedic centres of excellence in the United Kingdom.
From there he moved to the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Birmingham and had the privilege to work closely with a world leader in Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Mr Dominic Power, for a year. Apart from partaking in cutting edge nerve surgeries, he also participated in the newest research regarding nerve surgery.
During his time abroad Dr Jordaan attended training courses all over Europe and gained valuable skills, such as Microsurgical techniques to enable him to provide the best service possible to patients.
Since returning to South Africa, he has joined the Garden Route Hand Unit in the lovely town of George. From here, he will be offering his expertise in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery alongside Dr Pelser.
He has a special interest in Peripheral nerve conditions, such as nerve trauma, nerve compression, neuroma and painful nerve conditions and especially nerve transfers surgery to restore motor function in paralysed muscles caused by nerve injury, spinal cord injury(a certain level of upper limb function can be restored with a combination of nerve and tendon transfers) spinal root compression (post decompressive surgery) and neuritis.
Dr Jordaan believes in a team approach to treatment. He works closely with hand therapists, physiotherapist and biokinetics to ensure the best possible outcome for treatment. He is planning to still be active in medical research as he feels it would enable him to provide the best treatment options for his patients.