Solomon Tshimong Rataemane, MD, South Africa

Dr. Rataemane is the head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA Campus) in Pretoria and was formerly interim executive dean of the University’s Health Sciences Faculty. He has special interest in child psychiatry, mood disorders and addiction medicine and served as deputy chairperson and chairperson of the Central Drug Authority of South Africa from 1995 to 2005. He is general secretary of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, a global NGO in advocacy for persons with mental illness.

Prof. Rataemane was involved as a co-investigator with the UCLA Substance Abuse Program to assess the efficacy of Cognitive Behavior Therapy training for counselors at SANCA Clinics in South Africa. He is a board member of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions and serves on the Health Committee of the Health Professions of South Africa, assisting in physicians’ health management. He was appointed deputy chair of the Medical Research Council of South Africa for 2007–2010, and also serves as a member of the College of Psychiatry.

He is also a member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (Health and Examinations Committees and the Medical and Dental Board), Dr. George Mukhari Hospital (Chief Psychiatrist), World Psychiatric Association (Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution Committee), World Association for Social Psychiatry, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (Member of College of Psychiatry).