Have you heard? Pioneering ear surgeon ready for critics

15 March 2019 - 06:01 By KATHARINE CHILD
Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, head of the otorhinolaryngology department at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, pioneered the world’s first middle ear transplant using a 3D-printed bone.
Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, head of the otorhinolaryngology department at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, pioneered the world’s first middle ear transplant using a 3D-printed bone.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi/The Sunday Times

The University of Pretoria's Professor Mashuba Tshifularo has a strong message for his critics: “Let them come. No one has been doing it. This is unique.”

Tshifularo is expecting criticism from his academic colleagues for being the first in the world to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the middle ear of a patient with hearing loss.

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