Christiaan van Woerden

Christiaan van Woerden Christiaan van Woerden
Cosultant in Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.


Christiaan graduated as a paediatrician from the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2011. He practiced as a consultant paediatrician in various teaching hospitals since then and trained as a counsellor in Solution-Focused Therapy in 2014. He completed his PhD in 2008 based on the research project ?Primary hyperoxaluria type 1: clinical, genetic and biochemical studies?. Since 2014 he has been facilitating the epidemiology course for the M.Phil (MCH) programme in an online forum and leads the hyperoxaluria stone research project ( at the Division of Urology, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town. Christiaan?s passion is in power-sharing in the clinical encounter. He is adept at eliciting the patient?s story, listening to family strengths, and motivating clinicians to assist the child in his or her context in mediating health, well-being and happiness. He is also a musician and designed a community art project that brought music into medical care.

Research Interest

Genetic and Biochemical studies