Dr Steven Lapere
Introducing Dr Steven Lapere
Dr Steven Lapere was born and raised in Port Elizabeth. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of the Free State in 2006. This was followed by a two-year internship at Pietermaritzburg Hospital complex and a year of community service at Kimberley Hospital. During this time, he completed his Diploma in Anaesthetics and qualified as an eye specialist.
His ophthalmology career began in 2010 at Mankweng Eye Unit in Limpopo, where he worked as a medical officer and attained a further Diploma in Ophthalmology. He furthered his knowledge as an eye specialist at the West of England Eye Unit in Exeter in the United Kingdom. It is here that he discovered his passion for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disorders. To add to his existing experience as a qualified eye specialist, Dr Steven Lapere began his training in ophthalmology at Groote Schuur Hospital later that year. This training was through the University of Cape Town.
On completion of his eye specialist training, he went on to sub-specialise with a two-year fellowship in the field of Surgical Retina, Medical Retina and Ocular Oncology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in Canada. He also practiced through the University of Alberta from 2015 to 2017.
Eye specialist, Dr Steven Lapere, has a keen interest in academic research and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His current research projects include factors influencing the outcomes of complicated retinal detachments, the effect of anti-vascular endothelial growth factors on radiation retinopathy and prognostic factors in sutureless scleral fixation intraocular surgery. He is a member of the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa and the American Society of Retina Specialists.
When he is not treating patients, Dr Lapere enjoys spending his time cycling, hiking and kitesurfing. Cape Town offers the best of these, with sport and the best surrounding in all the seasons. He is married to Cherese Lapere, an anaesthetists registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital.