Dr Hoogendijk is a specialist Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgeon, both medically and dentally qualified. I was the first Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgeon in South Africa to enter training as a specialist in Maxillofacial Surgery, after qualifying and practicing as a medical practitioner.
The practice also offers the services of Dr J Fourie (Periodontist with a special interest in oral medicine) and Dr Cules van den Heever (Prosthodontist with a special interest in facial prosthesis), and I work closely with these two specialists to obtain optimal results for the head and neck patient.
Dr Hoogendijk completed his medical degree at the University of Pretoria in 1999 after which he completed his internship and community service in Hammanskraal. He was appointed as registrar in the Department of Maxillo-facial and oral surgery of the University of Pretoria in 2002 to become the first trainee with a degree in medicine as a primary qualification. He completed his dentistry degree in 2005 and was awarded the medal for Maxillo-facial and Oral pathology.
During his training he published numerous papers in International journals and also presented at numerous international and local congresses. He completed his Maxillo-facial and Oral surgery degree in 2008 and was awarded the College of Medicine of South Africa’s medal for outstanding performance in the final exam. He was the only registrar to date to receive the Leibinger prize for exceptional research twice during his registrar career and was awarded the Synthes International fellowship during which he visited the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery of Freiburg in Germany in 2008. He is currently in private practice with a special interest in Head and neck Oncological surgery, facial reconstruction and custom prosthesis.
He is also a consultant at the University of Pretoria for head and neck oncological surgery and runs the Maxillo-facial and Oral Pathology clinic at the Oral and Dental Hospital, he further serves on the executive committee of the South African Society for Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgery as the head of the fees and funders portfolio as well as the Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgery Council of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.
Out of office he is a wildlife photographer and received the Getaway gallery wildlife photographer of the year award in 2011 and received an honourable mention in the BBC wildlife photographer of the year award in 2012, the most prestigious wildlife photography award in the world.
Dr. Hendrik Ehlers qualified as a dentist at the University of Pretoria in 2003 and completed his community service at Ellisras Hospital in 2004. He further obtained a postgraduate diploma in oral surgery in 2005 and a masters degree in oral surgery in 2010. During this period of studies he also obtained the following academic awards: The Swann Morton Prize for the best performance in the co-assistance period in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, the Dux Clinical student awards for the student with the best performance in the practical part of his training and obtained Academic honorary colours from the student representative council of the University of Pretoria.
Between 2005 and 2011, he practiced as a dentist in Pretoria during which he was also involved at the University of Pretoria as a part time lecturer and medical officer in the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral surgery. In June 2011 he left the private sector to specialize as a maxillofacial and oral surgeon at the University of Pretoria.
Dr. Ehlers also completed several international accredited courses which includes training in advanced trauma and life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, advanced pediatric life support and advanced medical life support. He also conducted research in the areas of maxillofacial trauma as well as implantology and presented his research at the National annual congress of the South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons in 2014.
In 2016 he qualified as a maxillo facial and oral surgeon at the University of Pretoria where after he entered private practice at Wilgers Hospital. He has a special interest in orthognathic surgery as well as implantology.