iHEART-SA Team Profiles:

Charles Feldman MBBCH, PhD, FCP(SA), FRC

Professor Charles Feldman obtained his MB BCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequently received his FCP (SA) from the College of Medicine of South Africa and his PhD and DSc (senior doctorate) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was registered as a sub-specialist in Pulmonology in 1993 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 1997. His current position is that of Distinguished Professor of Pulmonology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

He is a member of a number of national and international societies and has been President of the South African Thoracic Society on two previous occasions. He is very active in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) having held a number of posts, including leadership posts, within the Pulmonary Infection-TB Assembly of ATS. Professor Feldman was elected as a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014 “in recognition of excellence in scientific and/or educational contributions to respiratory medicine over many years”. He was also elected as a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society in 2018, which “is a mark of distinction, conferring recognition on members for their outstanding contributions to the Society as well as to fields of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine”.

Professor Feldman is a National Research Foundation of South Africa A-rated scientist. He undertakes both clinical and basic research. The topic of his clinical research is community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), especially pneumococcal pneumonia. He has participated in several international, multi-centre, collaborative studies. His recent basic research includes studies aimed at determining possible pathogenic mechanisms of cardiovascular events in patients with pneumococcal CAP, as well as genetic studies in the pneumococcus aimed at understanding the response of the bacterium to cigarette smoke. He has more than 350 publications in books, book chapters, and in both indexed and DE-accredited peer-reviewed journals. In 2018 Professor Feldman received the Platinum Medal of the Medical Research Council of SA for his “outstanding lifetime scientific achievement in the field of health”.