Professor Ncoza DlovaNcoza Dlova is a Professor, Chief Specialist and Head of department of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM), Durban, South Africa. She runs five regional and  tertiary Dermatology Outpatients Clinics, and head of department at the largest training academic centre in South Africa. She co-ordinates undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes within the department.

She qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Dermatology Specialist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa and was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her research interests are on: Ethnic Skin and Hair, Pigmentation disorders, as well as HIV and Skin. Between 1999 and 2014 she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals on aspects of dermatology; has co-authored two books on skin conditions in HIV/AIDS, 2005 and 2010; contributed chapters in seven books. She reviews articles for several peer review dermatology journals.

She has been invited as a chair/co-chair and speaker at numerous international platforms to present her research work and has published in this area.

Dr Dlova has been identified as one of the top 50 Women achievers and role models at the NRMSM and won a number of grants and medals for best researcher and innovation. She has also received awards as the best Undergraduate and Post graduate teacher from the final year medical students and dermatology residents in 2013 and 2014. She was identified by her department as the best leader in Dermatology in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the Minister of health in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) awarded the Dermatology department under her leadership as one of the Public Centres of Excellence in KZN after she personally raised funds to the value of $50 000 to refurbish the dilapidated public hospital clinic.

Prof Dlova is the member of the International Society of Dermatology (ISD) and serves as an Executive member for the Maria Duran Fellowship subcommittee, member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa, Skin of  Color Society and Women’s Dermatology Society. She is an Executive member of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV). She was the President of the successful and 1st International Dermatology  Congress (CCD) held in Durban South Africa in 2012 under the auspices of the ISD.

She is the inaugural President of the newly formed Womens Dermatological Society of South Africa (2015) and an Executive member of the newly formed African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV), 2016. Prof Dlova has pioneered an initiative to train more than 346 Primaryhealth care practitioners in the province of KwaZulu Natal, together with Direct Relief and Unilever USA as part of the Dermatology outreach programme. In 2016 she has been elected as a member of the prestigious American Academy of Dermatology (ADA) and this was in recognition of her national and international contribution to dermatology. She will be  inducted in California in October 2016 together with other 12 international nominees.

Prof Dlova is also the face of the antiskin bleaching campaign which is a partnership and initiative between her department and the Department of health ,UKZN, to embark on a march on the 26th August 2016 to curb the  current skin bleaching scourge which has permeated right through the country.