Respected Cardiologist Dies in UK Car Crash
AN EXTREME athlete and well-loved and respected cardiologist at UCT's Department of Medicine, Dr Andrzej Okreglicki, has died in a car crash in the UK.
Fondly known as AO, Okreglicki, an associate professor, had been in the UK to participate in the Ultra Trail South West off-road footrace along 160km of Cornish coastline last weekend.
Before that he had attended the Cardiostim congress in Nice, France, which explored cardiac electrophysiology, Okreglicki's speciality.
He had been travelling to the airport after the race on Sunday morning when his car and another collided.
Okreglicki, who lived in Vredehoek, was 51.
Professor Patrick Commerford, head of cardiology at UCT's Department of Medicine, said the loss to the faculty and to cardiology in SA was difficult to calculate. He said Okreglicki had been appointed as a senior house officer in cardiology in 1987. "He was an outstanding and skilful cardiologist who, unusually in an era of super-specialisation, maintained expertise in numerous areas including clinical cardiology, echocardiography, coronary intervention and electrophysiology.
"His major area of interest was in pacing and electrophysiology and here he achieved remarkable distinction."
Commerford said Okreglicki had studied and trained abroad and on his return had been instrumental in expanding and establishing a comprehensive electrophysiology service at Groote Schuur Hos- pital. …