Dr. Chris Leatt (MB ChB) studied medicine at the University of Cape Town and completed his internship in the United Kingdom before returning to South Africa to pursue his career in medicine.
He held positions in General Surgery and General Medicine/Geriatrics/Gastroenterology before becoming a General Medical Practitioner and Chairman of ERIPO (Eerste River Independent Practitioners Association), an organization formed to look after both the Medical and Business interests of forty Independent Practitioners. Dr. Leatt then worked in casualty/trauma at various hospitals before becoming a surgical medical officer.
A brief stint as an Orthopaedic registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital preceded his post as Neurosurgery Registrar at the Department of Neurosurgery, Tygerberg Academic Hospital. Dr. Leatt’s duties as a surgical registrar in this discipline included ward work, High-Care duties, evaluation of referrals, outpatient consultations, emergency and elective surgery, logbook of all surgical procedures completed.
He resigned from his post in Neurosurgery in order to develop and study the benefits and viability of a neck protection system (the Leatt-Brace®) for helmet clad sport and recreational users in an attempt to reduce devastating neck injuries. Dr. Leatt has actively participated in competitive cross-country motorcycle endurance races as well as Super Sport track racing.
When not racing, he was often involved in medical coverage of events.
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