Dr. Sheena Kotze is a highly motivated and goal-oriented medical doctor with a passion for research and patient care. She has 11 years of experience as a licensed physician, including four years’ experience within clinical research. Her day-to-day responsibilities include conducting clinical trials as principal or sub-investigator, ensuring patient safety, managing complex situations, mentoring and training staff, and managing medical operations and research physicians. She excels at strategic thinking and the solving of complex problems. In addition, she enjoys building effective and productive working relationships with customers.
More about Sheena
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to bring new medical treatment options to an underprivileged community, for therapeutic areas that are either overlooked or for which limited treatment options are available.
How have you personally developed with the organization?
I started off as research physician level I in 2017, then moved onto level II in 2018, which included being principal investigator for studies conducted on site. Early in 2021, I was promoted to associate director, medical operations, where I oversee medical operations and research physicians at two of the three South African dedicated research sites, while still performing my research physician and principal investigator duties on site. My personal, clinical and business skills are also constantly being challenged and developed, and I had the opportunity to do my post-graduate diploma in clinical research and medical writing, as well as attend multiple workshops on developing management skills.
What makes you happy to be part of AES?
Being part of AES means that I am never alone in whatever I do; there is constant support available. And being part of a successful organization that celebrates its employees and their accomplishments is a great motivation to do even better things.
How does working at AES help you maintain a work-life balance?
I get to do the work that I love, while being motivated by my managers to still make time for and enjoy life outside of work. And together, we also celebrate our private accomplishments, not only our professional ones.
Clinical research is an ever-changing landscape, and the constant learning of new information and being part of new developments is exciting.