About Dr Kurt Schlemmer

Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon

About Dr Kurt Schlemmer

Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon

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Dr Schlemmer obtained his primary medical qualification (MBChB) from the University of Pretoria followed by a Masters in ENT from the University of Kwazulu Natal and the Fellowship of the College of Otorhinolaryngology of South Africa FCORL (SA) (with distinction)

Dr Schlemmer has more than 14 years of experience in the field of otorhinolaryngology and has a special interest in Otology and Neurotology as well as Lateral Skull Base and Head and Neck surgery.

He has travelled extensively to learn from international experts such as Professors H Fisch and T Linder (Switzerland), Professor M Sanna (Italy), Professors E Offeciers and A Zarowski (Belgium), Professor J Müller (Germany), Mr B Hartley (UK), Dr L Hofmeyr (South Africa) and many others.

Dr Schlemmer was the co-ordinator of the Durban Cochlear Implant Program for the last 8 years, is an honorary lecturer in the Department of ENT at UKZN and a research associate at the University of Pretoria Department of Audiology Speech and Language Pathology.


  • MBChB (Pret) Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pretoria
  • DA (SA) Diploma in Anaesthesia, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
  • MMED ORL (UKZN) Master of Medicine Otorhinolaryngology, University of Kwazulu Natal
  • FCORL (SA) Fellow of the College of Otorhinolaryngologists, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

Professional Society Memberships

  • Member of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
  • Member of the ENT Society of South Africa
  • Member of the South African Head and Neck Oncology Society
  • Member of the South African Cochlea Implant Group (SACIG)
  • Member of the Allergy Association of South Africa (ALLSA)

Certifications and achievements

  • SA Society of Otorhinolaryngology Medal 2011
  • 29 national and 19 international (13 different countries) certificate courses attended
  • Delivered more than 40 academic presentations

Licenced as a consultant Otolaryngologist:

  • Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • Department of Health Abu Dhabi (HAAD)
  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
  • Ministry of Health (MOH) Sharja

Research and Publications

Recognised reviewer for International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and Cochlear Implants International with more than 30 reviews

Perceptions of Telehealth Services for Hearing Loss in South Africa's Public Healthcare System.

Bhamjee A, Le Roux T, Swanepoel DW, Graham MA, Schlemmer K, Mohamed-Asmail F. Int J Environ Res Public Health.2022 Jun 24;19(13)7780

Intracapsular Tonsillectomy vs Extracapsular Tonsillectomy: A Safety Comparison

Naidoo J, Schlemmer KD. Journal of Laryngology and Otology. 2021 Sep 29:1-18

Tympanoplasty in Chronic Otitis Media with an Intact Stapes Superstructure

Schlemmer K, Liu Q, Linder T, Journal of International Advanced Otology 2021: 17(4): 282-287

Health-related quality of life in South African children who use cochlear implants

Brewis B, le Roux T, Schlemmer K, Nauta L Vinck B. International Journal of Audiology 2019 Sep 13:1-8

Parent perceived challenges related to the paediatric cochlear implant process in South Africaand support service received

Bhamjee A, le Roux T, Schlemmer K, Perold J, Cass N, Schroeder K, Schlesinger D, Ceronio D, Vinck B. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 126 (2019) 1096635

Complicated sinusitis in a developing country, a retrospective review

Schlemmer KD, Naidoo SK. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 77 (2013) 1174-1178

Clinical expertise and services offered

  • Head and Neck surgery including thyroid and parathyroid procedures
  • Lateral skull base surgery for cholesteatoma, paragangliomas, vestibular schwannomas and other benign and malignant pathology
  • Otology and Neurotology procedures including stapedotomy, Superior Semi-Circular Dehiscence (SSCD) occlusion and endolymphatic sac decompression (ESD)
  • Cochlear implantation and other active middle ear and bone conduction implants
  • Advanced endoscopic sinus surgery for CSF leak repair, frontal sinus drainage and trans-sphenoidal access
  • Paediatric ENT including congenital neck masses and airway pathology