Prof Kurt-W Bütow



Prof Kurt-W Bütow


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Research Interests

Maxillo-Facial Surgery


Research Professor (fractional)


Professor Kurt-W. Bütow has had his training at various Universities and received the following degrees: BSc[Chemistry and Botany-Biochemistry](RAU), BChD, MChD[in Maxillo‑Facial and Oral Surgery](Stell), DrMedDent(Erlangen), PhD, DSc[Odont](Pret), a Colleges of Medicine of South Africa fellowship(pr), FCMFOS(SA), and fellowships by invitation was conferred in England and USA as LFIBA and FABI.  He is the only South African Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgeon who is registered with a professional doctor title and holds three academic doctor titles.

In August 1983 he was appointed Professor/Chief Specialist in Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery and in October 1984 as Head of the Department at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Consultant of the Military No. 1 - Hospital of South Africa and retired in 30th April 2013.  He is the fourth departmental head in Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery of the University of Pretoria and is the longest serving one (27 years) in South Africa. The Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic, the largest in Africa (2nd largest in the Southern Hemisphere?) with more than 4000 patients, was established by him.

Professor Bütow is and was associated with 17 national and international Professional Bodies, has published more than 360 scientific papers/abstracts (more than 120 on cleft treatment), including five books (2 on cleft treatment) / CDs or chapters in books, and presented more than 390 (more than 180 on invitation) extra-curricular lectures, nationally and internationally in countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, People’s Republic of China (including HongKong), Germany, Israel, Maldives, Namibia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Sychelles and USA.

Various awards and honours have been conferred on him, as the Elida-Ponds Research Award and Fellowship, Deans Award, Faculty Silver Medal, Top Achiever of  the University of Pretoria - seven times, National Research Foundation Rating, Commemorative Research Medal - University of Pretoria’s Centenary Celebration for honouring their Leading Minds, Video Tribute presented at the Australasian Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, - International Cleft Palate Foundation (ICPF) - Lifetime Achievement Award (Gold medal & Plaque), Destinguished Fellow of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgerons (IAOMS) with a penning in gold with dimonds, cited in Southern African Trade, Business and Industry, International Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who’s Who of Intellectuals and Who’s Who in the World.

His main hobbies is and were flying (fix-wing: commercial pilot licence, test pilot II, instrument and multi-engine ratings, presently helicopter: ppl), painting (oils and acrylic) and family-ancestory.

List of Publications

Columella pressure necrosis: a method of surgical reconstruction and its long-term outcome.

Jayaratne YS, Zwahlen RA, Htun SY, Bütow KW.

BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Aug 5;2014. pii: bcr2013203132. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-203132.

PMID: 25096650


Pterygoid Hamulus syndrome--undiagnosed.

Roode GJ, Bütow KW.

SADJ. 2014 Mar;69(2):70-1.

PMID: 24974520


Gordon Syndrome: Literature Review and a Report of Two Cases.

Botha SJ, Kloppers HP, Bütow KW.

Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2014 May 30. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 24878349


Ozone treatment of alveolar bone in the cape chacma baboon does not enhance healing following trauma.

Kotze M, Bütow KW, Olorunju SA, Kotze HF. J Maxillofac Oral Surg. 2014 Jun;13(2):140-7. doi: 10.1007/s12663-013-0471-1. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

PMID: 24822005


Asymmetrical soft palate cleft repair: preliminary results.

Bütow KW, Engelbrecht H, Naidoo S. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2014 Jun;43(6):696-701. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2013.05.018. Epub 2014 Feb 8.

PMID: 24513406


Hard palate cleft and oro-nasal fistula reconstruction utilising a resorbable sheet.

Engelbrecht H, Bütow KW. SADJ. 2013 Feb;68(1):24-8. No abstract available.

PMID: 23951757


Tessier 2 nasal cleft: reconstruction with a resorbable sheet.

Bütow KW, Engelbrecht H. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2014 Jan;52(1):93-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2013.05.148. Epub 2013 Jun 15. No abstract available.

PMID: 23777894


Gene p63: In ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia clefting, ankyloblepharon-ectodermal dysplasia, Rapp-Hodgkin syndrome.

van Straten C, Butow KW. Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Jan;3(1):58-61. doi: 10.4103/2231-0746.110085.

PMID: 23662261


Alveolar band in patients with cleft lip and cleft alveolar deformities.

Engelbrecht H, Bütow KW. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar;24(2):e153. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31827c81f8.

PMID: 23524819


Science - technique - art.

Bütow KW. Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Jul;2(2):99-100. doi: 10.4103/2231-0746.101323. No abstract available.

PMID: 23479560


A radiological method to evaluate alveolar bone regeneration in the Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus).

Kotze MJ, Bütow KW, Kotze HF. SADJ. 2012 Jun;67(5):210-4.

PMID: 23185946


Exceptional isolated cleft of the hard palate.

Engelbrecht H, Bütow KW, Botha SJ. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Dec;51(8):e275-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2012.10.012. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

PMID: 23182418


Quantification of HIV-1 viral load in the fluid of ranulas in HIV-positive patients.

Syebele K, Bütow KW, Webber L, Manda SO. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Jun;111(6):715-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.01.038.

PMID: 21569988


Comparative study of the effect of antiretroviral therapy on benign lymphoepithelial cyst of parotid glands and ranulas in HIV-positive patients.

Syebele K, Bütow KW. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Feb;111(2):205-10. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2010.09.067.



Oral mucoceles and ranulas may be part of initial manifestations of HIV infection.

Syebele K, Bütow KW. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Oct;26(10):1075-8. doi: 10.1089/aid.2010.0051. Epub 2010 Sep 23.

PMID: 20860533


A classification and construction of congenital lateral facial clefts.

Bütow KW, Botha A. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2010 Oct;38(7):477-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcms.2010.02.007. Epub 2010 Mar 29.

PMID: 20303283

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