One of South Africa’s best known infectious disease specialists, Prof Anton Stoltz, Head of Infectious Diseases in Internal Medicine at the University of Pretoria, died in Pretoria last night.

In a statement issued earlier today by the university’s vice-chancellor and principal, Prof Tawana Kupe, it was announced that Prof Stoltz passed away from complications following surgery.

Cause of death, the SA Medical Association has noted in its tribute*, was not COVID-19 related.

“Since February 2020 he had dedicated his time to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Prof Kupe wrote, “despite facing personal setbacks in his own health.

“He yet again proved his dedication to bettering the lives of others, and will forever be remembered for his clinical excellence, his dedication to research, his unfaltering leadership and his unwavering love for his children and wife.”

Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UP since 2010, Prof Stoltz will be remembered for his internationally-respected role as an internist and infectious diseases subspecialist with interests in the management of patients with multi-drug resistant and extensive drug-resistant TB co-infected with HIV; and diseases originating from Africa, including severe malaria, schistosomiasis and drug resistant infections in intensive-care units.

*Paying tribute on behalf of the SA Medical Association (SAMA), chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said that Prof Stoltz was incredibly passionate about medicine and about passing on knowledge to others: “Throughout his life he always advocated for best clinical practices, and he was and will remain a true pioneer in the field of infectious diseases.

“He was a fine human being, a great teacher and mentor, and a valued friend of SAMA”