Prof Thinus Kruger

Prof Kruger, the founder of the first IVF clinic in South Africa (Tygerberg Fertility Clinic, Stellenbosch University), is also the proud co-founder and partner of Aevitas Fertility Clinic, established in 2003. Prof Kruger acted as leader of the team at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic, which lead to:

  • The first test tube baby in South Africa (1984);
  • The first frozen embryo pregnancy in South Africa, (1988);
  • The first baby born from ICSI (intra cytoplasmic sperm injection) in South Africa (1995)
  • Standardisation of international sperm morphology guidelines, by the World Health Organisation (WHO), from research conducted by the team.

Prof Kruger’s array of qualification include:

  • MBChB (University of Pretoria);
  • MPharmMed (Clin Pharmacol) (University of Pretoria); MMed (Stellenbosch University);
  • Fellow of the college of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (South Africa);
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London);
  • MD in reproductive medicine (Stellenbosch University)
  • DSc for the thesis in male infertility, ‘The role of sperm morphology in assisted reproduction’ (Stellenbosch University).

Prof Kruger also currently acts as Adjunct-Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) and serves as treasurer of the South African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (SASREG).

As fertility specialist, Prof Kruger has:

  • Published more than 240 publications in peer reviewed journals, in the field of general infertility with an emphasis on male infertility;
  • Served as editor of fourteen text books;
  • Published 95 chapters in independent fertility text books;
  • Reviewed articles for prestigious international journals eg. ‘Fertility and sterility’, ‘Human Reproduction and Gynaecological Investigation’.

In 1995, Prof Kruger was recognised by the British Fertility Society for his contribution in the field of male infertility; in 2008 Prof Kruger was awarded the Gold Medal for Physical Science Achievement by the South African Academy of Science and Arts (2008); and in 2013, Prof Kruger was awarded the Havenga prize for Health Science, by the South African Academy of Science and Arts.

From a personal and clinical perspective, Prof Kruger believes in a holistic approach towards infertility and always tries to assist his patients by solving problems in the simplest and most cost effect way possible.