Shoulder and elbow specialist

About Dr Rob Dachs

Rob is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery.

He began working in orthopaedic surgery in 2005 and obtained his undergraduate and specialist qualifications at the University of Cape Town.

Rob has worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in upper limb surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital and completed an 18-month fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery under the mentorship of Professor Steve Roche and Professor Basil Vrettos, with whom he continues to work in association.

Rob regularly visits international surgeons to keep up to date with the latest shoulder and elbow surgical techniques, and in 2015 he was invited to attend the Mayo Clinic Advanced Elbow Surgical Skills Course in the USA, which he attends annually.



  • All aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Management of rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder and elbow dislocations
  • Treatment of upper limb sports injuries


  • Ultrasound in diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery


Rob has received several awards for his research into the treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders, and his papers have been published in leading international journals, and presented internationally.

In 2014 he was awarded an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) International Scholarship to complete further training in shoulder and elbow surgery in the United States. He was awarded the South African Orthopaedic Association/Smith & Nephew Literary Award in 2015, and the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand – Isidore Kaplan Award in 2016.

Cape Shoulder and Elbow Unit

The Cape Shoulder and Elbow Unit is an association of shoulder and elbow surgeons who share a common ethos in the treatment of their patients, assist each other in diagnosis and management, and collaborate on research.


Pinelands, Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital

Professor Basil Vrettos, Dr JP Du Plessis

Constantia, Constantiaberg Mediclinic

Dr Abe Lambrechts, Professor Steve Roche, Dr Mike Mulder

Somerset West, Paardevlei Private Hospital

Dr Rob Dachs


Rob is based in Somerset West, Cape Town, at the Paardevlei Private Hospital. In 2016 the hospital was ranked highest in the Western Cape on the Discovery’s top hospital list.

Contact Details

Phone: 021 840 6697 / 6655
Email: cape.shoulder@gmail.com

Room 202, Second Floor, Busamed Paardevlei
Private Hospital, 4 Gardner Williams Avenue
Somerset west 7130

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