Dr Altaaf Parker
Doctor Parker has always had a passion and interest in medicine. He completed his MBChB Medical Degree at the University of Cape Town Medical School. During his final year, Dr Parker received the Dr Helen Brown Medal for achieving the second highest marks in Medicine in the year of his qualification. The following three years included a variety of medical disciplines including General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Paediatrics. He has also served on the Steering Committee of SHAWCO Health and served as a Senior Committee member of the UCT Surgical Society.
Dermatology is a fascinating speciality and after experiencing the many aspects of medicine, Dr Parker decided to focus on and specialise as a Dermatologist at the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, Cape Town. Not only did he pass his Specialist Dermatology examinations with distinction he also passed summa cum laude receiving the prestigious Dr Peter-Gordon-Smith Gold Medal Award. Dr Parker was also the youngest member to be accepted as a Fellow of the College of Dermatologists of South Africa.
Doctor Parker has a keen interest in research and furthering advancements in Dermatology. During his medical school career, he received the Deans Prize for Research at the University of Cape Town and is a published medical journal author. His current research and interest is focused on alopecia and hair loss, a dermatological condition affecting many patients.
Dr Parker is active in the South African dermatological community and has presented talks at the South African National Dermatological Congresses. Outreach included teaching medical students at the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, as well lecturing general practitioners, paediatricians and nurses on common dermatological ailments. For the past few years, Dr Parker has generously volunteered his time pro bono to assist with dermatological clinics in poorer communities, such as Worcester, which have very limited access to dermatological services.