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Dr Fiona Kritzinger
Paediatric Pulmonologist (Lung Specialist)

Dr Fiona Kritzinger graduated cum laude from the medical school of Stellenbosch University in 1999. After completing her internship and community service in South Africa, she completed her first year of paediatric specialist training in Brisbane, Australia. Thereafter she relocated to Cape Town where she completed another three years of paediatric specialist training at Stellenbosch University. She graduated cum laude with a Masters degree in Medicine (Paed) and also received the Robert McDonald medal from the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) for her excellent performance in the final paediatric exam in 2006.

In 2007 she commenced her subspecialist training in paediatric pulmonology at Stellenbosch University. In July 2009 she received a Skye Foundation scholarship and was accepted as the international fellow in paediatric respiratory medicine in the Hospital for Sick Children to further her studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. While in Canada she completed a year of general paediatric respiratory medicine subspeciality training and an additional 6 month fellowship in paediatric lung transplantation successfully.

Dr Kritzinger returned to Cape Town in 2010 with the vision of improving the access to and the quality of respiratory health care for children in South Africa. She received the Certificate of Pulmonology (Paed) from the CMSA in May 2010 and is registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa as a paediatrician and a paediatric pulmonologist.

Her specific interests include asthma, interstitial lung diseases, sleep apnea, intensive care and ventilation, cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation. She has been involved with several pulmonology related publications over the last 4 years (see links below), have presented at national and international conferences and she also holds the part time position of extraordinary lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at Stellenbosch University since 2011.



The outcome of infants younger than 6 months requiring ventilation for pneumonia caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Goussard P, Gie RP, Kling S, Schaaf HS, Kritzinger F, Andronikou S,

Beyers N, Rossouw GJ.
PediatrPulmonol. 2008 May;43(5):505-10.


Fibrin glue closure of persistent bronchopleural fistula following pneumonectomy for post-tuberculosis bronchiectasis.

Goussard P, Gie RP, Kling S, Kritzinger FE, van Wyk J, Janson J,

Andronikou S.

PediatrPulmonol. 2008 Jul;43(7):721-5.


No decrease in annual risk of tuberculosis infection in endemic area in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kritzinger FE, den Boon S, Verver S, Enarson DA, Lombard CJ,

Borgdorff MW, Gie RP, Beyers N.
Trop Med Int Health. 2009 Feb;14(2):136-42


Nasal nitric oxide is reduced in children after solid-organ transplantation.

Grasemann H, Kritzinger F, Dipchand A, Hebert D, Solomon M.

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2011 Jan;30(1):108-9. Epub 2010 Oct 8.


Flow-independent exhaled nitric oxide parameters in pediatric lung and cardiac transplant recipients.

Bendiak GN, Kritzinger F, Dipchand A, Ng V, Solomon M, Grasemann H.

Accepted for publication in Transplantation. Manuscript number:


Descriptive analysis of central sleep apnea in childhood at a single center.

Kritzinger FE, Al-Saleh S, Narang I.

PediatrPulmonol. 2011 Oct;46(10):1023-30. doi: 10.1002/ppul.21469.
Epub 2011 Apr 25.2011

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