Nationality: South African
Appointed: June 2018
Dr Van der Merwe has a strong track record of leadership and management within a large private sector healthcare organisation, including strategy, organisational development, clinical performance, adoption of technology and managing quality. He also has extensive knowledge of Mediclinic’s operations.As a qualified anaesthesiologist in private practice, Dr Van der Merwe gained extensive experience in trauma and elective anaesthesia, intensive care management, and the management of acute and chronic pain. During his involvement in the medical insurance industry, he gained expertise in healthcare data management, analytics, managed healthcare principles and reimbursement models. He established the Clinical Services, Clinical Information, Advanced Analytics, Health Information Management and central Procurement functions at Mediclinic, contributing to the growth and strategic positioning of the Group.
He joined the Company in 1999 and as Chief Clinical Officer took responsibility for various aspects of the business prior to his appointment as executive director and Group CEO of Mediclinic. He was an executive director of Mediclinic International Ltd from 2010, up to the reverse takeover of Al Noor Hospitals Group plc. He was appointed as an executive director and Group CEO of Mediclinic, with effect from 1 June 2018, and also serves as a non-executive director of Spire since 24 May 2018 under the terms of the shareholder agreement between Spire and Mediclinic.
MBChB (Stellenbosch University), DA (SA) (College of Anaesthetists of South Africa), FCA (SA) (Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa), Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School).