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Medical educator

Yahya Essop Choonara, South African medical educator. Recipient Best Publication award, Annual Conference Academy Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2007, Research prize, University Witwatersrand Faculty Health Sciences, 2008.


Choonara, Yahya Essop was born on December 16, 1980 in Johannesburg. Son of Essop and Rabia Choonara.


Bachelor of Pharmacy with honors, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2002. Master of Pharmacy, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2004. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2009.


Editorial advisory board member Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation. Senior lecturer, pharmaceutics Department Pharmacy and Pharmacology Wits University, since 2010. Researcher Drug Delivery Systems Design.


  • Achievements include patents pending for intraocular device for treatment of posterior segment eye diseases in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome patients that inevitably results in patients going blind if not effectively treated. Development of biodegradable donut-shaped mini tablet (DSMT) intraocular device that provides superior patient therapy and also has clinical applications. Development of the use of cutting-edge mathematical and statistical design software and their specialized application in drug delivery research.

    Patents in field.


Member Network of Caring: An initiative of N21, Direct Aid International. Member of Network21 Continual Leadership and Development Program, Pharmaceutical Society South Africa, Community Service Pharmacist Forum (South Africa), American Association Pharmaceutical Sciences, Controlled Release Society, South African Nanotech. Initiative, Academy Pharmaceutical Sciences South Africa, Golden Key International Honor Society.


  • Other Interests

    Football, cricket, ping pong/table tennis, reading.


Essop Choonara

Rabia Choonara