Dr. Shaheem de Vries

Dr. Shaheem de Vries

Medical Director at METRO Emergency Medical Services, Western Cape Government Health, South Africa


Dr Shaheem de Vries is a medical doctor with nearly 18-years of experience in prehospital Emergency Care. As both the Chief Executive Officer (2013 – current) and the medical director of the Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services, Dr De Vries provides oversight and governance of all ambulance, rescue, aeromedical and patient transport services for Western Cape Government Health, South Africa. This service covers 130 000 square kilometres with a fleet of 260 ambulances staffed by 2000 personnel, all executing over 500 000 missions per annum.

Dr De Vries is a charter member of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) which focuses on strengthening emergency care systems in Africa.

He holds a MBChB, Master’s in Emergency Medicine and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He is currently completing his PHD at the Graduate School of Business where he is exploring a reimagined civil service.

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Parallel Session: Violence around and in the healthcare setting: How to approach this reality?

  • 10 November, 2021
  • 15:10 - 16:40