Dr K Ganasen



Dr K. Ganasen offers evidence-based, Mental Health & Wellness solutions to individuals and corporate clients. We will meet your individual needs and navigate holistic treatment approaches, with fluidity, from problem to solution-focused strategies.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge” – Stephen Hawking

Our mind is the final frontier of the human body. Mainstream medicine adheres to evidence-based scientific practice. Similar to other fields of scientific exploration, the more we learn about the brain and mind, the more we are humbled by how much is still unknown. However, modern medicine has evolved through the efforts and sacrifices of some of humanity’s greatest figures. We are living through unprecedented times in medicine, and especially in Psychiatry. The effects of a Pandemic, challenge us to rapidly adjust and adapt, we are required to be more aware of our mental health and well-being.

I believe that healthcare delivery can be managed better and we need to evolve toward delivery models in a considered evidence-based and responsible manner. There are periods in human history when people and scientific fields have had to adapt to an inevitable change. It may be an adjustment to the zeitgeist, or it may be a period of renaissance, but in essence, it’s a change to the status quo, toward a need that must be met. One does not need to be an idealist, to have an ideal to strive toward.

I do not believe that business and politics should have so much influence over a clinician’s decision, in real-world evidence-based, clinical settings. The “Fee-For-Service’ model will be largely phased out in South Africa it seems, when the National Health Insurance (NHI) model of healthcare delivery is eventually implemented. I believe that a ‘Value-Based-Care’ healthcare delivery model if managed properly, could improve access to a better quality of mental healthcare to more people in South Africa. However, I also believe that there will still be a smaller but significant role for “Fee-For-Service”, in the private sector of the population.

The future of medicine must rapidly shift to early screening and intervention, and disease prevention, with an emphasis on wellness and maintaining treatment plan compliance within a lifestyle of well-being at the centre. I believe this paradigm shift is the future of healthcare.

Professional Bio



Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), University of Cape Town


FCPsych (SA) with the College of Medicine South Africa


Executive & Management Coach, University of Cape Town

Work experience


Medical Intern – Baragwanath Hospital – Soweto, Gauteng


Community Service Officer at Mbongolwane Hospital, rural Kwa-Zulu Natal

2006 – 2007

Medical Officer at the MRC Psychiatry Research Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders, Tygerberg Hospital

2008 – 2011

Psychiatry Registrar at the University of Cape Town

2012 – 2015

Consultant Psychiatrist at Alexandra Hospital, Cape Town, and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, UCT

2015 – Present

Specialist Psychiatrist in private practice, Cape Town 

Academic Awards


Selected to attend the IBRO/Fogarty Neuroscience School focusing on HIV/AIDS in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Elected as the Registrar Representative for the UCT Psychiatry Department and was a member of the Western Cape South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) committee


Received the Academic Excellence Award from the South African Registrars Association of South Africa (SARA) for: “Outstanding Research and Academic Profile as a Registrar”


Awarded a scholarship to attend St Vincent’s Hospital and surrounding Mental Health services in Melbourne Australia for a month, as a clinical observer



Textbook Chapter: “Primary Health Care Psychiatry: A Practical Guide for Southern Africa” Edited by Dr S.E Baumann, (Edition 1 published 2007), P.D Carey, K.A Ganasen


Paper: “Olanzapine in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Efficacy in a Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Study”, Carey P.D, Ganasen K.A, Seedat S, Stein D.J


Textbook Chapter: “Primary Health Care Psychiatry: A Practical Guide for Southern Africa” Edited by Dr S.E Baumann (Edition 2 for publication 2012), K.A Ganasen, G.P Jordaan

Experience in research and clinical trials


Sub-Investigator: “A double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled, flexible dose study of Olanzapine in posttraumatic stress disorder” (2002/MO47


Sub-Investigator: “Treatment of depression in HIV sero-positive people with Escitalopram: A randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study” (NO5/05/089)


Co-Investigator: “A Prospective Follow-Up Study of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms on Mortuary Workers and Emergency Medical Practitioners” (N06/02/037) (with Prof S. Seedat)


Sub-Investigator: “BOLD fMRI responses to a dopaminergic challenge in HIV positive subjects with and without apathy” (N07/01/017)


Sub-Investigator: “Apathy and depression in HIV-distinct or not as risk factors for cognitive decline in HIV: A Longitudinal examination of their impact on regional brain structure and function measured with MRI” (N06/12/238)


Sub-Investigator: “Body Image Disturbance as a Risk Factor for Non-Adherence to ARV therapy”


Sub-Investigator: “A Study of Pregabalin Augmentation in Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor- Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”


Sub-Investigator: “Double blind within-subjects investigation of the differential functions of the lateral orbitofrontal and dorsolateral prefrontal cortices in mood and response inhibition regulation using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (PI – Dr N. Horn)


Registered to do the MPhil in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, research on “Self-Injurious Behaviour in people with Autism”