Dr Ignatius Botha

Dr Ignatius Botha

Dr Ignatius Botha obtained his surgical degree in 1991 and was a consultant at the University of Stellenbosch in the Surgical Department as well as The Gastroenterology Department. His main interest is in laparoscopic surgery and he has done numerous courses in advanced laparoscopic surgery (aka keyhole surgery) and training of fellow surgeons. Gastroenterology forms a main part of his day-to-day practice.

He is a member of several local Surgical Society’s including ASSA, SASES, Critical Care. He is also a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

His other main interest lies in the Intensive Care field, surgical infections, antimicrobial prophylaxis and antibiotics. He is actively involved in an Antibiotic Review Group (ARG) with specialists re-evaluating the use of antibiotics in the Intensive Care situation as well as discussions in surgical anti-microbial prophylaxis.

The Antibiotic Review Group was formed more than 10 years ago and is very well established. Meetings include patient presentations, ward rounds and visits by local and international speakers.

Dr Botha has been in private practice since 1992.

He is currently a consultant surgeon at a private clinic in Cape Town.


Dr Botha attended the University of Pretoria from 1972 to 1978 where he obtained the degree M.B.Ch.B.(Pret)

Internship followed at Pietersburg Hospital in Northern Transvaal, South Africa.

In 1980 he did locums for a few months and worked as a medical officer at Duff Scott Memorial Hospital in Stilfontein. (The Western Transvaal then)

From 1981- 1986 he joined a General Practice in Klerksdorp as part of a group of 5 general practitioners and was very involved in surgery, anesthetics and obstetrics. He had a large midwifery practice.

In 1987 he became restless with the general practice and accepted a Registrar position in Cardio-Thoracic surgery at the University of the Orange Free-State. (Pelenomi Hospital and National Hospital). He eventually decided that open heart surgery was not for him and changed direction to general surgery at Stellenbosch University where he obtained his M.Med.(Surg)in 1991 at Tygerberg hospital. Dr Botha stayed on at Tygerberg hospital as a consultant for a while before he started his own at practice at Panorama Medi-Clinic in 1992 and has been there ever since.

The Laparoscopic era started when the 1st gallbladder was removed by a Gynecologist in 1989.

During 1992 and 1993 the eruption of knowledge in the Laparoscopic era for surgeons developed and workshops were held all over the world and in South Africa to train surgeons to do this “keyhole” surgery.

The accreditation was done by the number of cases we did and by experience. During the 1st few years many surgeons assisted each other and did workshops to train other surgeons eventually.

Currently Dr Botha’s practice revolves around Laparoscopic Surgery mostly as well as procedures mentioned in our “major and minor procedures site.”

He is currently taking care of patients with laparoscopic or open surgery with severe intra-abdominal sepsis.

Dr Botha is still involved in Oncology procedures, Thyroid, Breast and Gastrointestinal Malignancies.

Special Interests

Antibiotics, Antimicrobial prophylaxis and Surgical infections remains a debatable platform from where Surgeons, Physicians, Microbiologists and Intensive Care interested people come together to discuss and to improve the outcome of severely ill patients. Dr Botha has a special interest in this topic and is actively involved in the treatment of severely ill patients.

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Registration # 0206440

Registration # Surgeon


General Medical Council United Kingdom

Registration # 3536153

Currently holds registration with a license to practice in the United Kingdom.