Professor and Chief Specialist, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Charles Feldman obtained his MB BCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, in 1975 and served his internship at Johannesburg Hospital. He subsequently did his fellowship training in Internal Medicine and received his FCP (SA) in 1981. He received his PhD in 1991 and his DSc in 2009, both for theses on the topic of community-acquired pneumonia.
He was registered as a sub-specialist in Pulmonology in 1993 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP (UK)) in 1997. In 1988/89 he was a Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Visiting Colleague, in the Host Defence Unit, Department of Thoracic Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, and Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
In May 1995 he was appointed to his current position as Professor of Pulmonology and Chief Physician, at CM Johannesburg Academic Hospital and the 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 2 previous occasions. He is the current chair of the MTPI Assembly Program Committee of the American Thoracic Society and in 2014 was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the European Respiratory Society. Professor Feldman’s basic research interest is in the field host-pathogen-antimicrobial interactions in the pathogenesis of community-acquired pneumonia. He is a National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF(SA)) A-rated scientist. He has more than 300 publications in books, book chapters, and in both indexed and DE accredited peer reviewed journals.