Professor Carel J Mieny: 16 July 1931 – 3 July 2021

  • Hennie Becker


Professor Carel Mieny, former Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pretoria and an early pioneer in establishing liver transplantation in South Africa, died in Pretoria on 3 July 2021. He qualified MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 1954 and did his internship at Pretoria General Hospital. To broaden his medical horizons Carel travelled to the UK, where he worked in several London hospitals and on his return to South Africa he delved into the surgical realm by joining the neurosurgical team in Pretoria. In 1958 he decided to pursue a career in surgery and was appointed as a surgical registrar at the University of the Witwatersrand where he obtained the FCS(SA) in 1960. In 1962 he joined Professor Ian Aird’s at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Whilst in the UK, he obtained the London and Edinburgh FRCS. On his return to South Africa, he was appointed as senior surgeon in the professorial unit at the Johannesburg General Hospital. Four years later, he was awarded the ChM degree for a thesis entitled ‘The effects of arterial occlusion on atheroma’.

How to Cite
Becker, H. (2021). Professor Carel J Mieny: 16 July 1931 – 3 July 2021. South African Journal of Surgery, 59(4), 202. Retrieved from