Profile: Dr. Aayesha Soni

Dr. Aayesha Soni is a Community Service Doctor at Helen Joseph Hospital. She completed the Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery from the University of Witwatersrand at the age of 23,  and she was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s sponsorship from her first year until completion.

“However, it is not her academic record that drives her medical passion, but rather a deep sense of empathy and compassion for the underprivileged coupled with her strong sense of justice and integrity that governs her”  Zaakir Mayet, attorney, and colleague. Aayesh is the Vice-Chairperson of the Media Review Network, a South African based internationally recognized NGO committed to ideals of human rights and justice globally. She is also a corresponding author on an academic case report published in the British Journal of Neurosurgery this year as well as an author on a health-related human rights article in The Insider of the South African Journal in 2014

In addition to written publications, Aayesha has delivered many oral presentations and interviews on her representation of marginalized people and has appeared on ENCA, ANN7, SABC News and various local radio stations. She is the nominee of the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2017, http://200ysa.mg.co.za/2017/dr-aayesha-soni/#!

This Old Crawfordian was in the matric class of 2008 at Crawford College Sandton. This is how she fondly remembers Crawford “I will forever be grateful for the dynamic and open-minded learning environment that I spent my high-school years in, as well as the wonderful fluidity in every aspect that is so uniquely Crawford which always promoted excellence. Every individual was always encouraged to excel in the best possible way that THEY could, and it was this backbone of an education in life and academics that has propelled me into all of my successful endeavours as an adult today.”