Rare UCT Doctorate for Women's Health Expert
BYLINE: DOMINIQUE HERMAN
WULF UTIAN, who performed the world's first surrogate in-vitro fertilisation procedure in 1984, will receive a rarely awarded doctorate at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this evening.
The obstetrician, gynaecologist and reproductive endocrinologist is one of three founders of the International Menopause Society, and established the Groote Schuur Menopause Research Clinic in 1967 - the first unit of its kind in the world.
"It's interesting the story starts and ends in South Africa. I closely kept my ties and valued them. It's like a full circle - it's very gratifying," Utian said, walking along the Muizenberg beachfront yesterday.
In the more than 100 years of UCT's medical school's history, Utian is the 10th recipient of the degree of Doctor of Science in Medicine. He already holds a PhD from UCT. The degree is the most senior doctorate in the Faculty of Health Sciences and is awarded, as Utian put it, based on proof "that you've had a seminal effect on a health-related issue of inter-national impact".
"I sort of felt like I was writing my obituary but someone said, 'you're not ... you're writing your memoirs'," Utian said of collating 40 years' worth of research papers. …