Reproductive Medicine Specialist/ Director Medfem Fertility Clinic

Dr Johan Van Schouwenburg is a founding member and director of Medfem Fertility Clinic. Johan is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician having trained in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Johan performed the first IVF treatment in South Africa with Professor Kruger at the Tygerberg hospital in 1983, and since then has personally treated many thousands of patients with infertility problems. Johan has been at the forefront of the development of infertility services in South Africa for over 30 years.

In 1983 Johan co-established the In Vitro Fertilisation Unit at Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch. Following this Johan went on to co-establish the In Vitro Fertilisation Unit at Sandton Clinic in 1985.

In 1992 Johan and his partners began operating from the purpose built Medfem Fertility Clinic building in Bryanston. The facilities were carefully designed to act as a unique centre for the care of women with emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and advanced fertility treatment.

From 1988 to 1996, Johan acted as a founder committee member of the Association of reproductive Biology of SA.

His additional areas of expertise include assisted reproduction technology and minimally invasive surgery. Medfem Fertility Clinic has a sophisticated In Vitro Fertilisation laboratory including micromanipulation facilities, a biochemistry laboratory, microbiology laboratory, andrology laboratory and sperm bank dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of the infertile couple. The technical development and management of these laboratories are under Johan’s care. Minimally invasive gynaecological surgery is relatively new in South Africa. Medfem Fertility Clinic has been one of the first institutions in South Africa to have developed a fully comprehensive operating theatre with all the necessary equipment for this type of surgery. Johan and his partners have had extensive training abroad and are teaching endoscopic surgery on an ongoing basis to visiting gynaecologists.

Johan’s interests are photography, woodwork and his beautiful dog Zahra.


MB.Ch.B. 1970 (Pret.)
D.A. (FRCS + FRCP) 1974 (London)
M.Pharm.Med. 1977 (Pret.)
M.Med.(O+G) 1981 (Stell.)Cum Laude
M.C.O.G. (SA)1981 (Stell.) Prize for best candidate during 1981.
M.R.C.O.G.1981 (London)
M.D. 1984 (Stell.) Thesis: Parameters of normal ovarian cycles and the application thereof on the treatment of infertility.
F.R.C.O.G.1996 (London)
Registered as Subspecialist in Reproductive medicine with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa


  • Parameters of ovulation in spontaneous ovulating cycles. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg SAMJ 1984; 66:567-572.
  • Induction of ovulation with gonadotrophins and monitored by pelvic ultrasound examination. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg SAMJ 1985; 67:754-758.
  • Induction of ovulation in phase 1 of the I.V.F. + E.T.programme at the Tygerberg Hospital. JAMH van Schouwenburg SAMJ 1985; 67:759-761.
  • Parameters of ovulation in clomiphene induced cycles. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg SAMJ 1986; 69:237-240.
  • Management of the infertile couple. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg Cont Med Ed 1986; 4:25-30.
  • Hyperandrogenism. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg In: Odendaal HJ et al.GYNAECOLOGY; Johannesburg: Juta & Co., 1986:119-124.
  • Amenorrhoea, oligomenorrhoea and galactorrhoea. J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg In:Odendaal HJ et al. GYNAECOLOGY; Johannesburg: Juta & Co. 1986:125-138.
  • Inversion of the uterus in a 14 year old Xhosa girl.N.S. Louw, J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg SAMJ 1980; 57: 421-422.
  • Results of phase 1 of the I.V.F. + E.T. programme at the Tygerberg Hospital.T.F. Kruger, J.A.M.H. van Schouwenburg et al. SAMJ 1985; 67: 751-754.
  • A Randomized, comparative study of the efficacy and tolerance of Roxithromycin and Doxycycline in the treatment of women with positive endocervical cultures for Chlamydia Trachomatis and Mycoplasma spp. in an In Vitro Fertilization Program: Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 1992; 15: 129S-131S: J. van Schouwenburg, O. de Bruyn, E. Fourie, J. van Rensburg, A. Rodrigues and I. Pickard.

Papers Presented at Congresses and Scientific Meetings:

  • The effect of cigarette smoking in pregnancy. (1979) (Prize for best paper presented by a registrar)
  • In Vitro Fertilization in private practice. (1988)
  • 100 Babies born through In Vitro Fertilization and related procedures at the Sandton Clinic. (1990) (Prize for the best poster)
  • The role of advanced technological treatment of infertility caused by endometriosis. (1990)
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy in infertility. (1990)
  • Transvaginal aspiration of follicles in In Vitro Fertilization (1990)
  • Induction of ovulation. (1990)
  • Comparison of “short” and “long” protocols GnRHa in an In Vitro Fertilization programme. (1992)
  • A Randomized, Comparative Study of the Efficacy and Tolerance of Roxithromycin and Doxycycline in the Treatment of Women with Positive Endocervical Cultures for Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma spp. in an In Vitro Fertilization Program. (1992)
  • Examining the infertile couple. (1993)
  • The treatment of endometriosis with GnRH analogues. (1994).

Organising and Presenting Courses

  • Hysteroscopic surgery – endometrial ablation (1992)
  • Radiofrequency endometrial ablation (RaFEA) (1993).
  • Minimally invasive Gynaecological surgery – Chairman of session (1994)

Conducted the Following Clinical Trials

  • Comparison of short and long acting GnRH analogues in In-Vitro fertilization (HOECHST) 1992
  • Comparison of Roxithromycin and Doxycycline in the treatment of positive endocervical cultures of Chlamydia and Ureaplasma (ROUSSEL). 1992
  • Phase III open ended study comparing Canesten and Iatraconazole in vaginal candidiasis (JANSSENS) 1993
  • Phase III open ended study comparing Canesten and Iatraconazole in vaginal candidiasis (JANSSENS) 1994
  • Comparison of two different long acting GnRH analogues on Uterine Fibroid (HOECHST) 1994-1995
  • Comparison of two different long acting GnRH analogues on endometriosis (HOECHST) 1994-1995
  • Double blind, randomised study of the efficacy and tolerance of the combination of 17-ßE2 and Trimegestone in comparison with Trisequens during one year of administration in postmenopausal women (ROUSSEL 1996)
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