Who We Are


Our vision is to add significant value to the South African healthcare and dental value chain through the uniquely specialised offerings of our members.


Our mission is to represent maxillofacial and oral surgery well, to engage with all stakeholders, to develop a fertile environment in which our speciality services can flourish, while developing a legacy of excellence for the future. We believe that this can be done through positive influence, the sharing of knowledge and thought leadership.

Our Values


To hold ourselves to consistently higher standards by promoting strong moral principles within our association.


To encourage openness and accountability, efficiency and effectiveness, to improve our day-to-day activities and how we create and implement our policies.


To find the best possible way of adding value to the lives of those who rely on us and by always placing our patients first.


To identify and appreciate our strengths and accept our vulnerabilities, to make it easier to truly respect the value of others in our conduct, treating them the way we wish to be treated.


To maintain respectful relations with all our stakeholders and, most of all, to safeguard the well-being of our patients who are at the core of our speciality.

Purpose and Responsibility

The South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (SASMFOS) is a non-profit member-based association offering unique medical and dental specialist skills in South Africa and abroad.

Our members represent the surgical branch of both medicine and dentistry, and are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases which affect the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

We aim to represent our surgeons and to engage, on their behalf, with medical aid funds to facilitate coverage of medical procedures, hospitals, healthcare providers, patients and regulatory authorities. We provide support on best practice management, as well as further education, research, professional development and insight into innovation trends in the industry.

Our advisory services include negotiations on applicable tariffs and fees, and we provide guidance on regulatory and legislative developments which may have an impact on the public and the healthcare profession at large.

Dr Frits Hoogendijk


[MBCh(Pret), BChD(Pret), MChD(Chir.Max.Fac.-Med.)(Pret), FCMFOS(SA), DipOdont(in Oral Surg)(Pret), DipOdont(in Oral Surg)(Pret)]

Dr Hoogendijk is a maxillofacial and oral surgeon based in Pretoria. Since completing his studies at the University of Pretoria, Dr Hoogendijk has remained passionate about adding value as an MFO surgeon and regularly engages with the public and private sector to further the work of South African maxillofacial and oral surgeons. He runs his own practice specialising in oncology and fibromyalgia (facial pain) and is part of the team at Life Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria, as well as Mediclinic Secunda.

Dr Suvir Singh



Dr Singh has been actively consulting as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice for over 20 years. His practice is located at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. He has a special interest in pathology, trauma and orthognathic surgery.

Dr Greg Boyes-Varley

Immediate past president and international affairs

[B.D.S (Witwatersrand), Dip. Dent (S.A), M.Dent (Witwatersrand), F.F.D. (S.A.) (Maxillofacial & oral surgery), F.F.D. (S.A.) (Maxillofacial & oral surgery)]

Dr Boyes-Varley oversees the organisation’s international affairs. With a special interest in cranio-facial reconstruction, Dr Boyes-Varley is in full-time private practice as a specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeon in Morningside, Johannesburg. He also serves as a part-time senior lecturer at the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr Ashwin Kassan


[B.D.S (Wits), M.CH.D (M.F.O.S), P.D.D (Implantology/P.D.D (Forensic Dentistry) (UWC), P.D.D (Implantology/P.D.D (Forensic Dentistry) (UWC)]

Dr Kassan is a practicing specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeon with a special interest in facial trauma, implants, reconstructive surgery and TMJ disorders. Based in Port Elizabeth, Dr Kassan oversees his own full time practice and is also involved with provincial government funded hospitals on a part-time basis.

Prof Ephraim Rikhotso

Academic portfolio

[BDS, MDent, FCMFOS(SA), PhD, PhD]

Prof Rikhotso is the head of Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at Wits University and oversees the academic portfolio of the SASMFOS executive committee. Since receiving his undergraduate degree in Dentistry (BDS) from Wits in 1993, Prof Rikhotso has worked in both public and private practice, has been published in peer reviewed journals and regularly presents at many local and international conferences.

Dr Sunil Aniruth

Fees & funders


Dr Aniruth is in full-time private practice in Cape Town as a specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeon. He has a special interest in facial trauma, reconstruction and dental implants. Dr Aniruth regularly speaks at conferences and has most recently been acknowledged for his work on the Draft Bill of Rights for Healthcare Professionals.

Dr Jacques Beukes

Fees & funders

[BChD (Stellenbosch), PDD (Stellenbosch), MSc. Dent (Wits), MDent (MFOS), MDent (MFOS)]

Dr Beukes is a specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeon at the Sunninghill Netcare Hospital in Johannesburg. He has a special interest in orthognathic surgery, reconstruction and implantology. He serves as part of the fees & funders committee of SASMFOS.

Dr Ebrahim Fakir

Co-opted member: Congress portfolio


Dr Fakir oversees his own private maxillofacial and oral surgery at the Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town. With a special interest in implantology and TMJ disorders, Dr Fakir is also a consultant for the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at the University of the Western Cape.

Dr Ebu Parker

Co-opted member: Congress portfolio


Dr Ebu Parker is a member of the congress portfolio of SASMFOS. He is a specialist maxillofacial and oral surgeon practicing at Melomed Gatesville in Cape Town.