GLAXO-WELLCOME CHAIR OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DIRECTORATE, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Prof Steve Reid is a Family Physician with extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research in the field of rural health in South Africa. He holds a MBChB degree from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Family Medicine from Medunsa, and a PhD in Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After 10 years in rural district hospital practice, he started a vocational training programme for rural doctors in Durban, and was a founder member of the Rural Doctors association of SA. At UKZN he started the Centre for Rural Health, with responsibility for community-based education and rural health. He played a part in establishing Africa Health Placements and the Rural Health Advocacy Project and is the National Chairperson for the Collaboration of Health Equity through Education and Research (CHEER).
In 2010 he took up the post of Director of the Primary Health Care Directorate at UCT and is developing this role to support medical and health science graduates to become more relevant and appropriately skilled in Africa. He is also involved in developing the role of the arts and social sciences in health care, within the African context.
Prof Reid’s research foci include: Primary health care; CHEER; HR for health; medical education; family medicine in Africa; compulsory community service; rural health; district health systems; intermediate care policy; continuity of care; community oriented primary care; population based approaches to health; community based education; social accountability; arts and healthcare; medical humanities; primary care research capacity-building in Africa; and student admissions and processes.