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Specialist Physician,
Diabetologist and Endocrinologist

What is a Specialist Physician?

A Specialist Physician (or Internist) is a doctor that has specialized in the field of Internal Medicine.

This is the area of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that involve the internal organs and systems of the body.

These include diseases that affect the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system, neurological and musculoskeletal systems, infectious diseases, as well as autoimmune and genetic or inherited disorders.

Specialist Physicians attend to a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses that may be beyond the scope of a general practitioner, and often see patients within a hospital setting.

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"To control your hormones
is to control your life."

- Barry Sears

What is a Diabetologist and Endocrinologist?

A Diabetologist and Endocrinologist is a Specialist Physician that has undergone further training and sub-specialization in the evaluation and management of diabetes, metabolic and endocrine disorders.

Metabolic disorders are conditions that disrupt or negatively affect the body’s ability to process certain nutrients such as fats and carbohydrates, resulting in signs or symptoms of disease.

The endocrine system involves hormones or chemical messengers in the body, and the glands that produce these. This includes thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, reproductive and pituitary disorders.

About the Practice

Dr Pillay’s practice is based at Netcare Kingsway and St Augustine’s Hospitals.

The practice team is comprised of Dr AK Pillay, our friendly reception staff, Mrs Ann Avenant (Kingsway), Mrs Rosemary Ann Webb (St Augustine’s), and clinical assistant, Mrs Nombuso Mfayela.

Dr AK Pillay

Specialist Physician, Diabetologist and Endocrinologist

Mrs Ann Avenant

Receptionist (Kingsway Practice)

Mrs Rosemary Ann Webb

Receptionist (St Augustine's Practice)

Mrs Nombuso Mfayela

Clinical Assistant

The practice aims to be a safe, welcoming and therapeutic space for all our patients living with metabolic and endocrine diseases, as well as other medical conditions.

The consulting rooms are equipped with the latest diagnostic and digital technology needed for a thorough clinical evaluation.

The following groups of patients would particularly benefit from consulting an Endocrinologist

  • Diabetes mellitus (type 1, type 2 or other types)

  • Lipid (cholesterol) disorders

  • Obesity

  • Thyroid disorders: hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid); hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid); thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland); thyroid nodules; goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland).

  • Disorders of bone metabolism: hyperparathyroidism (high calcium levels); hypoparathyroidism (low calcium levels); osteoporosis (low bone mass); vitamin D deficiency; osteomalacia; rickets.

  • Adrenal disorders: Addison’s disease (primary adrenal insufficiency), Cushing’s syndrome (excess cortisol), Conn’s syndrome (excess aldosterone), suspected or proven endocrine hypertension; phaeochromocytoma or paraganglioma (excess catecholamines); congenital adrenal hyperplasia (excess androgens); incidental adrenal adenomas.

  • Pituitary disorders: hypopituitarism; prolactinomas; acromegaly (excess growth hormone); Cushing’s disease (excess cortisol); incidental pituitary adenomas; short stature; delayed puberty; disorders of sodium balance (diabetes insipidus or SIADH).

  • Reproductive endocrine disorders: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); primary or secondary amenorrhoea (absent periods); hirsutism (excessive hair growth in women), virilization (development of masculine features in women); gynaecomastia (‘man boobs’); hypogonadism (low sex hormone levels) in males and females; primary and secondary infertility; ambiguous genitalia (disorders of sexual differentiation).

  • Other hormonal and metabolic conditions

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Patients with general medical conditions who require a Specialist Physician are also welcome to consult Dr Pillay.

Both inpatient and outpatient services are offered.

Dr Pillay consults with, and refers to, specialists in other disciplines as needed in the interests of his patients and works with various allied disciplines (eg. dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy, clinical psychology) to provide a comprehensive care plan.