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Professor, Special Projects, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cape Town

Lynette Denny is the past Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, now Professor, Special Projects and registered sub-specialist in Gynaecological Oncology at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town. Her research interest for the past 25 years has been in preventing cervical cancer in low resource settings and she has published over 100 peer reviewed papers on the subject. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences and is the Past- President of the International Gynaecology Cancer Society and the Past- Chair of the FIGO Gynaecology Oncology Committee. She is a B2 rated scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. She was recently awarded the South African Medical Association award for Extraordinary Service to Medicine (2012) and given a Fellowship ad eudeum to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, United Kingdom (2012). On the 50th anniversary of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, she was awarded the Medal d'Honeur for her work in cervical cancer prevention. In November 2021 she was awarded the Order of the Baobab (Silver) by the President of South Africa and in 2022 the Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


  • –present
    Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Order of the Baobab (Silver), South Africa, Fellowship ad eudem, Royal Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK