About Us

Maritzburg Orthopaedic Centre has a tradition of excellence in orthopaedic care, and the fine reputation of its member physicians is known throughout Kwazulu Natal. Each physician in the group is board certified and many have had additional speciality and sub-specialty training.

We service 3 major hospitals in the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands areas.

  • Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg
  • Life Hilton Hospital
  • Lenmed Howick

Patients of Maritzburg Orthopaedic Centre have access to the full range of top-quality services available at these hospitals such as CT and MRI and fully equipped theatres.

Meet the Team

Dr. Ruvyn Frank

Foot and Ankle Specialist

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Born and raised in KZN, Dr Frank completed his schooling at Maritzburg College. He read for his medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and Specialised as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine.  He later furthered his sub-speciality training in Foot and Ankle surgery and Arthroplasty.

Having gained valuable experience both locally and abroad, he is an honorary lecturer in Orthopaedics for UKZN and is involved in teaching as well as research.

Interests:  Complex foot trauma, sports injuries, open / arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, foot deformity correction and ankle arthroplasty

Dr. Paul Hatfield

Hand and Wrist Specialist

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Dr Paul Hatfield returned to his hometown of Pietermaritzburg after completing his medical studies at the University of Cape Town. He continued his studies at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban where he qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Back in Pietermaritzburg he gained valuable experience at Edendale Hospital before completing a Hand Fellowship with Dr Mike Solomons at the University of Cape Town. He enjoys competing in Maritzburg’s iconic sports of paddling, running and cycling. 

His interests lie in upper limb surgery, sports injuries, complex hand trauma and small joint arthroplasty.

Dr. Nitesh Bhagwan

Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

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Married with three children. Earned a medical degree from the University of Kwazulu Natal. Completed his orthopaedic training at Nelson Mandela School of medicine. Specialising in shoulder and elbow problems with further interest in Sport Medicine.Awarded Fellowship with Shoulder and Elbow Surgery by the South African Shoulder Society in 2007.

Dr. Andre Morrish

Hip and Knee Specialist

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Born and raised in Durban, completed his undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Cape Town as an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  Currently specialising in Hips and Knees, Andre is also one of the few surgeons proficient with robotic surgery.

He is still involved academically having presented both locally and internationally as a consultant lecturer.

Dr. Ian Crochrane

Spine and Arthroplasty


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Completed M.B. Ch. B. at Pretoria University. Specialised with M.MED. ORTH. Degree in orthopaedics at the University of the Orange Free State. Practiced in Ladysmith in a general orthopaedic practice. Commenced practice in Pietermaritzburg in a general orthopaedic practice in 1996. Interest – lumbar spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, hip and knee arthroplasty, hand surgery and trauma.

Dr. Greg Van Osch

Hip, Knee and Trauma


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Studied at the University of Cape Town for an undergraduate medical degree. Worked in the United Kingdom and Australia. He returned to South Africa and completed post-graduate training at the University of Cape Town and qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Fellowship in hip/knee and trauma surgery at Cape Hip and knee, with cited publications to his name. Interests in sports medicine, arthroscopic and lower limb surgery. 

Greg has also had formal training in robotic surgery for hips and knees and is one of the main arthroplasty surgeons at PMB Mediclinic.

Dr. Jacques B. De Wet

Tumour, Reconstruction and Deformity Specialist

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Born and raised in Gauteng and attended Parktown Boys High School. Completed his undergraduate degree in Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. He completed his internship at Baragwanath Hospital before relocating to Pietermaritzburg. He completed his postgraduate studies at the UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, earning a Higher Diploma in Orthopaedics as well as Specialization as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Spent a further 6 years at Edendale hospital developing his surgical skills. Served as HOD of orthopaedics at Edendale Hospital from 2014 till 2017.

Has lectured extensively on trauma and limb reconstruction locally and abroad. Special interests include trauma, bone infection & limb reconstruction, arthroplasty and arthroscopy.

Your experience with us is paramount to your treatment success.

We ensure good pre, intra, and post-op care. We have a physiotherapy network both in and out of the hospital to ensure good rehabilitation and integration back into a normal lifestyle. Our relationships with allied medical staff e.g. Biokineticists, occupational therapists, and orthotists will ensure you receive the best holistic care.