A passion for improving the lives of patients living with urologic cancer
His passion to improve the lives of patients living with urologic cancer especially kidney, prostate, bladder and testicular cancer has underpinned his training and informed his academic research as well, with research articles focusing on topics such as the treatment and management of bladder cancer; the prevention, early detection and treatment of prostate cancer; and urological surgery. These articles have been published in various prestigious nation and international journals.
As one of South Africa’s top urologists, he has also made it his mission to further improve his offering to patients by extending his experience and knowledge beyond the borders of this country. To this end, he spent more than two years as a fellow in uro-oncology at the Duke University Medical Centre in Durham in the United States and obtained a license to practice medicine in North Carolina. He is also registered as a medical practitioner and specialist urologist in the United Kingdom.
When he is not in theatre, Coetzee shares his expertise with a range of medical organisations and bodies. He is the chairperson of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a member of the SA Medical Association, the SA Urological Society, the Pan-African Urological Surgeons Association, the European Urological Association and a corresponding member of the American Urological Association.
Coetzee has received various awards and prizes for his contribution to the urological field, amongst them, the Danie Joubert Research Award (1997), the Karl Storz Prize for a young urologist who has made a significant contribution to urology in South Africa, the Pretoria Rotary Club’s Hatfield Vocational Award (1998) and an Alumni Award from the University of Pretoria for outstanding achievement in the field of prostate cancer research.