Research pulmonologist joins CAPRISA

15 December 2021


Dr Rubeshan Perumal

CAPRISA welcomes specialist physician and research pulmonologist, Dr Rubeshan Perumal will join CAPRISA as a senior scientist in the Treatment Research Programme. Perumal will provide mentoring to research clinicians and fellows and advance the treatment scientific agenda. He led the Post COVID-19 Lung Disease clinical service and research programme at Groote Schuur Hospital and at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity (UCT) and has been a panellist on the WHO Working Group on Care Pathways for Long COVID. He presently serves as a consultant pulmonologist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

He holds master’s degrees in Public Health (MPH), Internal Medicine (MMed), and Pulmonology (MPhil in Pulmonology) and is currently completing a PhD focused on the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic optimisation of tuberculosis treatment.

Perumal joined CAPRISA as a clinical research placement in 2006, “to explore the fascinating world of clinical research and to gain a more objective understanding of clinical problems”, he says. “Fifteen years later, I am immensely grateful for the countless opportunities to expand my skills…CAPRISA continues to push the boundaries of medicine, and is overflowing with inspirational scientific capacity and leadership.”

He is a past recipient of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship, the South African Thoracic Society Research Fellowship and was named a Global Young Physician Leader by the Inter-Academy Partnership.