Salome Maswime is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and the President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society. She was the Discovery MGH research fellow in 2018 at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a former lecturer at the Wits University. Salome is from Limpopo province, South Africa. After qualifying as a medical doctor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Maswime completed a Fellowship and a Masters in Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has worked in various hospitals in South Africa, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg for approximately 10 years.
She is recognized as a global surgery expert, because of her research contributions on caesarean sections. She is an advocate for women’s health rights, and equity in surgical and maternal care. She is an advisor and consultant to several institutions, including the World Health Organization. She has received numerous awards for her tenacity and commitment to maternal health, and for ongoing research in maternal health.