Summary Curriculum Vitae: Dr David Gotlieb MBChB FCP(SA): drdoc on-line

Born and educated in Zimbabwe.
ompleted Advanced level “A” level examinations at Milton High School Bulawayo, in 1975.
Awarded a Zimbabwe Government Scholarship.
Studied Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and Groote Schuur hospital, from 1976, graduating MBChB in 1981.

Clinical experience was thereafter achieved as follows:




Internship in the Groote Schuur group of Hospitals in the Departments of Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Jan-Jun 1983

General / Family Practice Cape Town

Jul-Dec 1983

Senior house Officer Medical Emergency unit, Groote Schuur Hospital

Jan-Jun 1984

Senior house Officer Gastroenterology unit, Groote Schuur Hospital

Jul-Dec 1984

Senior house Officer Neurology unit, Groote Schuur Hospital

Jan-Jun 1985

Senior house Office Rheumatology unit, Groote Schuur Hospital

Jul 1985-Dec 1988

Registrar in the Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital. Experience in General and Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Respiratory, Intensive Care, Neurology, Nephrology, and Rheumatology.

Jan 1989-Dec 1990

Senior Career Registrar Rheumatology.

 Post graduation Credentials / Certification

 §  South African College of Physicians fellowship examination FCP (SA), in 1989

§  Registered Specialist Physician with the South African Medical and Dental Council 1989.

§  ECFMG and VQE examinations (USA).

§  Registered with the British Medical Council (Overseas Register 1985)

§  Completion of a two years Rheumatology Residency GSH dept Rheumatology 1989-1990.

§  Registered subspecialty Rheumatology with the South African Medical and Dental Council 1991.

§  Commenced Private Practice at Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic Cape Town as a Specialist Physician and Rheumatologist 1991

§  Held the position as a part-time Specialist at Groote Schuur Hospital Arthritis Clinic between 1991-1998

§  Maintain links with the department of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur hospital, and the Arthritis Unit by attending academic ward rounds and Journal clubs.

Educational / Professional Committees


 Clinical Trials / Publication 


Rheumatoid arthritis: clinical guideline 2003. Kalla AA, Stanwix A, Gotlieb D, Asherson RA, Mody GM S Afr Med J. 2003 Dec;93(12 Pt 2):991-1012

VIGOR study: Comparison of Upper Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Rofecoxib and Naproxen in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Bombardier C., Laine L., Reicin A., Shapiro D., Burgos-Vargas R., Davis B., Day R., Ferraz M. B., Hawkey C. J., Hochberg M. C., Kvien T. K., Schnitzer T. J., The VIGOR Study Group. N Engl J Med 2000; 343:1520-1528, Nov 23, 2000

Celecoxib versus diclofenac in long-term management of rheumatoid arthritis: randomised double-blind comparison
The Lancet Volume 354, Issue 9196 18 December 1999 Pages 2106-2111
Paul Emery, Henning Zeidlerb, Tore K Kvienc, Mario Guslandid, Raphael Naudine, Helen Steadf, Kenneth M Verburgg, Peter C Isaksong, Richard C Hubbardg and G Steven Geis, et al.

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Gotlieb D. SA Family Practice;45,4, 25-30. May 2003.

Diagnosing Osteoarthritis. Gotlieb D. SA Family Practice;45,5:24-31. June 2003.

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Gotlieb D. SA Family Practice;45,6:55-64. July 2003.

Editor Rheumatology Edition, SAMJ / CME magazine October 2005

The Rheumatology Examination, Gotlieb D SAMJ / CME magazine October 2005

Contributing author to publications in Modern medicine and Specialist update

Editorial board – Cape Doctor publication.

 Pharmaceutical Advisory Boards: Member Advisory boards

Celecoxib / Valdecoxib: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals / International board and South Africa.

Lumiracoxib: Novartis / International board and South Africa.

Rofecoxib Merck / South Africa board.

Tocilizumab Roche advisory board 2009.

Abvie advisory board 2014

JAK development program 2008-2009. Pfizer international


 Internet Arthritis education involvement

Established one of the largest arthritis websites in the world on the Internet.

URL: This is an extension of my involvement as a consultant on the arthritis Internet newsgroups. Articles on the website have appeared in several magazines in South Africa. The website was referred to in Arthritis Today magazine in 1998 through the correspondence column. It was voted the top website in South Africa for several months in 1998, and was awarded the top physician website in South Africa for by the Mail and Guardian newspaper – a national newspaper in South Africa. The website has been awarded numerous web based technological and content awards. It gets approximately 50 000 visitors per month, and is perhaps the most commonly recommended website for patients on the internet newsgroups. It is used by many other websites for arthritis information, and is listed on most search engines, internationally. The design and content of the website is 100 percent original and has been established and maintained by myself. The website is unique worldwide, in that it is aimed at reaching patients at patient level, and encourages patient education.

 The website has been utilised with permission, by Rheumatology teaching programs at University of Toronto Dept Rheumatology, and Undergraduate teaching Dept Physical Medicine and Pain UCLA. It was also recommended reading for the undergraduate teaching program University of Cape Town Dept Rheumatology.


Dr David Gotlieb
Cape Town
Jan 2014
  SAMA University of Cape Town SARAA

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