Bongani Mayosi

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Bongani Mayosi

Born(1967-01-28)28 January 1967
Mthatha, South Africa
Died27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 51)
Cape Town, South Africa
Cause of deathSuicide
ResidenceSouth Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materNelson R Mandela School of Medicine, BMedSci, MB ChB
University of Cape Town
University of Oxford, DPhil
Harvard Business School, AMP
Known for
Spouse(s)Nonhlanhla Khumalo[1]
Scientific career
Thesis'Genetic determination of cardiovascular risk factors in families'
Doctoral advisorHugh Christian Watkins

Bongani Mawethu Mayosi BMedSci, MB ChB, FCP(SA), DPhil, OMS (28 January 1967 – 27 July 2018) was a South African professor of cardiology[2][3] He was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town and an A-rated National Research Foundation researcher.[4] Prior to this, he was head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.[5] His father was a medical doctor and so is his wife;[6][7] his research interests included rheumatic fever, tuberculous pericarditis and cardiomyopathy.[8][9] He was a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a former President of the College of Physicians of South Africa and he headed numerous other biomedical organisations during his career.[10] [11]

In 2017 he was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine.[12] Professor Mayosi published over 300 peer-reviewed academic articles individually and collectively, including collaborating with eminent researchers like Salim Yusuf.[13][14][15] He was part of the team which discovered one of the gene mutations responsible for causing the life threatening heart disease arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, this discovery was regarded as one of the most important medical advances in South Africa since the first human heart transplantation.[16] [17]

Professor Mayosi served as the chairperson of the team appointed by the South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi to investigate irregularities and maladministration at The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), the organisation which registers, regulates and guides health professionals.[18] He was very involved in creating systems to train the next generation of physician-scientists; his vision included training 1000 of them across South Africa every year.[19] Mayosi raised over 250 million rands for research.[20]


Mayosi died by suicide on 27 July 2018; he had been experiencing depression for two years.[21] Eight months before his death he had tendered his resignation to the University of Cape Town, however, it was apparently declined.[22] According to his family the FeesMustFall protests contributed to Mayosi's declining mental health.[23] An exit strategy from his "very stressful" job was being planned apparently where Mayosi would instead head the South African Medical Research Council.[24] The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, conveyed his condolences on Mayosi's death and accorded him a provincial funeral.[25] [26] Among several dignitaries Graca Machel the Chancellor of UCT sent her condolences too.[27]


  1. ^ Khumalo Mayosi, N (2018). "Yes, we did fail Bongani Mayosi". South African Medical Journal. 108 (9): 697. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i9.13609. ISSN 2078-5135.
  2. ^ Ntusi, N (2018). "Professor Bongani Mayosi: A legend in our time". South African Medical Journal. 108 (9): 695. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i9.13584. ISSN 2078-5135.
  3. ^ "H3Africa". 20 October 2015. Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Bongani Mayosi receives A rating | UCT Research and Innovation". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "University of Cape Town / Newsroom & publications / Daily news". Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  6. ^ Mensah, George A. (2018). "In Memoriam". Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 72 (21): 2671–2673. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2018.10.009. ISSN 0735-1097.
  7. ^ Oransky, Ivan; Marcus, Adam (2018). "Bongani Mayosi". The Lancet. 392 (10149): 730. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31857-9. ISSN 0140-6736.
  8. ^ Kirby, T (2012). "Bongani Mayosi: targeting heart diseases of poverty in Africa". Lancet. 380 (9858): 1985. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62144-8. PMID 23217856.
  9. ^ Search Results for author Mayosi  on PubMed.
  10. ^ ASSAf. "MEMBERS LIST", ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, unknown. Retrieved on 26 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Fees Must Fall protests took a toll on Prof Mayosi: Family - SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader". SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Prof Mayosi elected to US National Academy of Medicine". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Scopus preview - Scopus - Author details (Mayosi, Bongani Mawethu)". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Bongani Mayosi Researcher: Bongani M Mayosi in Publications - Dimensions". Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  15. ^ Ntsekhe, Mpiko; Commerford, Patrick; Brink, Paul; Yusuf, Salim (July–August 2018). "Bongani Mayosi, a hero remembered". Cardiovascular Journal of Africa. 29 (4): 206. ISSN 1680-0745. PMID 30204218.
  16. ^ patrick (15 September 2017). "2017 NRF Award Winners". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  17. ^ Mayosi, Bongani M.; Fish, Maryam; Shaboodien, Gasnat; Mastantuono, Elisa; Kraus, Sarah; Wieland, Thomas; Kotta, Maria-Christina; Chin, Ashley; Laing, Nakita; Ntusi, Ntobeko B.A.; Chong, Michael; Horsfall, Christopher; Pimstone, Simon N.; Gentilini, Davide; Parati, Gianfranco; Strom, Tim-Matthias; Meitinger, Thomas; Pare, Guillaume; Schwartz, Peter J.; Crotti, Lia (2017). "Identification of Cadherin 2 (CDH2) Mutations in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular CardiomyopathyCLINICAL PERSPECTIVE". Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. 10 (2): e001605. doi:10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.116.001605. ISSN 1942-325X. PMID 28280076.
  19. ^ "Interview: Bongani Mayosi – Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine at the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  20. ^ Schwartz, Peter J; Ntsekhe, Mpiko (2018). "Bongani Mayosi, 1967–2018". European Heart Journal. 39 (46): 4051–4052. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehy715. ISSN 0195-668X.
  21. ^ "Family devastated by death of Prof Bongani Mayosi, says he struggled with depression", July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "Did student protests contribute to UCT professor's suicide? | Cape Argus". Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Fees Must Fall protests took a toll on Prof Mayosi: Family - SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader". SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Top cardiologist's 'desperate decision' devastates family". Retrieved 31 July 2018.(subscription required)
  25. ^ ANA. "Ramaphosa declares special provincial funeral for Prof Mayosi". The Citizen. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Ramaphosa mourns death of prominent cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi | IOL News". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  27. ^ "A letter of condolence from the UCT Chancellor". Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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