Marceline Tutu van Furth: inspiring future medical leaders

Jocalyn Clark

Marceline Tutu van Furth is a trailblazer who came to understand her impact and role as a medical leader late in her career. She is Chair in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, her alma mater, and one of the first female professors in this subspecialty in the Netherlands. With a PhD and MBA, she holds extra-ordinary professorships at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, and at North-West University, Potchefstroom, in South Africa. She has spent some 40 years as a clinician and researcher in both the Netherlands and South Africa, where she also supervises PhD students.