Dr Steven Lapere is an ophthalmologist who specializes in Retina and Ocular Oncology.
He was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, and completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of the Free State in 2006. This was follow ed by a 2-year internship at Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex and a year of Community Service at Kimberley Hospital, during which he completed his Diploma in Anaesthetics.
On completion of his specialist training, he sub-sepcialized in the field of Retina and Ocular Oncology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada, through the University of Alberta from 2015 to 2017. In this 2-year, highly sought-after fellowship, he was exposed to the latest expertise and world-years in their discipline.
He has a keen interest in academic research and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His current research projects include prognostication from gene expression profiling in choroidal melanomas, tele-oncology and its prospects as well as modification of risk factors in the development or radiation retinopathy follow brachytherapy treatment. He is a member of the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the International Society of Ocular Oncology.
He practices from Melrose House in Claremont, Cape Town, together with Dr Raoul Scholtz and Andrew Ivey, and is a sessional consultant at the Groote Schuur Hospital ocular oncology clinic. He operates at Peninsula Eye Hospital and UCT Private Academic Hospital.
When not at work, Dr Lapere enjoys cycling, hiking and kitesurfing. He is married to Cherese Lapere, an anaesthetists registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital.