Prof. James Roelofse

Prof. James Roelofse

Email: jaroelofse@uwc.ac.za

MB ChB M, Med (Anaes), PhD (Anaes), Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiologists (USA)

Professor Roelofse has been actively involved in all matters concerning sedation for most of his professional career. He is the architect of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sedation and Pain Control presented at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (previously presented it at Stellenbosch University), and the Postgraduate Certificate in Sedation and Pain Management presented at University College London, London UK.

He also offers a Masters research degree in Sedation and Pain Control at the University of the Western Cape. He wrote a Masters program in Sedation and Pain Management for University College London, which was approved by the University covering both basic/standard and advanced sedation techniques.

He is currently Head of Sedation and Pain Control at the University of the Western Cape, and was appointed Visiting Professor in Anesthesiology in 2004 at University College London where he is still the director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sedation and Pain Management. Sedation training was also initiated in Africa where he was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Anesthesiology at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya. Various African countries have approached him with the view of sedation training in 2011.

Apart from his academic and teaching commitments, he remains a practicing sedation practitioner. Professor Roelofse is the author/co-author of 150 refereed scientific articles. He is currently,

  • President of the Society of Sedation Practitioners of South Africa (SOSPOSA) which is a special interest group of the Society of Anesthesiologists (SASA)
  • Member of the Executive Pediatric Committee on sedation at WorldSiva (Society for Intravenous Anesthesia)
  • Member of the Patient Safety Committee of WorldSiva
  • Member of the International Sedation Task Force (ISTF)

He is a member of both committees who drafted the adult and pediatric guidelines on Procedural Sedation and Analgesia for SASA.

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