Dr Ras is a Urogynaecologist at Groote Schuur Hospital/University of Cape Town. She obtained her medical degree in 2006, with varied work experience thereafter until specialising in Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2012 to 2016. She then went on to super-specialise in Urogynaecology, graduating in 2018 from UCT as the first locally trained Urogynaecologist in South Africa, under the tutelage of Dr Stephen Jeffery, Dr Pieter Kruger and Dr Kendall Brouard.
Dr Ras has worked in both the private and public sector and has developed a broad interest in evidence-based medicine with a special focus on women’s health, taking socio-political, scientific and economic issues into consideration. She has a special interest in Urogynaecology and Laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, that developed while conducting research on the quality of life in women with urogynaecologic conditions. Hence, she is passionate about destigmatising gynaecological (especially Urogynaecological) conditions; Urogynaecology related health education, health promotion and improving the quality of life of women, especiallyin the elderly.
Dr Ras passed her FCOG Part 3 (MMed) Cum Laude in 2015 and went on to receive the SJ Behrman Prize for the best Dissertation from UCT Obstetrics and Gynaecology department. She also passed the Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment (GESEA) Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgery (MIGS) Level 2 certification with distinction. Dr Ras is involved in numerous research projects, to improve the understanding of pelvic floor conditions, in an attempt to improve the quality of care. Dr Ras has attended a number of international Urogynaecology and pelvic floor medicine conferences, and presented at a few of them. She has also published a number of articles as main and co-authors. She is not only passionate about research, but also training of junior doctors in dealing with Urogynaecologic conditions and surgery. In 2018 she was awarded the Yvonne Parfitt Prize from UCT Dept O&G for the best original research published by a specialist, as well as the Robert Soeters Prize for the most supportive consultant in terms of teaching and training as voted by registrars. Holding the ideal of excellence in health care as a standard, she is committed to constantly improving the quality of life of women, improving the standard of care, as well as the environment wherein she works.