Dr. Robert Etienne Nel

Dr. Robert Nel
Dr. Robert Nel
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery – University of Pretoria (2003)
  • Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa – University of Cape Town (2011)
  • Certificate in Gastroenterology – University of Cape Town (2016)


Dr. Nel completed his MBChB degree at the University of Pretoria in 2003. He then travelled to Cape Town, where he did his internship year at G.F. Jooste Hospital in Manenberg. In 2005 he completed his year of community service at Knysna Provincial Hospital. After this he spent another two years at G.F. Jooste Hospital working in the Department of Internal Medicine as a medical officer. He started his training for the speciality of Internal Medicine at the University of Cape Town in 2008 and completed this in 2011.

He then worked as a consultant physician at Groote Schuur Hospital for eighteen months before starting to subspecialize in Gastroenterology in 2013. He completed this three-year training course at the University of Cape Town in 2016.

Dr. Nel started in private practice at Hillcrest Private Hospital in Durban in 2016. He has experience in diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, including gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, as well as other procedures (See Procedures). In future he plans to add other endoscopic techniques to his repertoire, including endoscopic ultrasound and double balloon endoscopy.