Professor Asgar Kalla completed his internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa (1976). Subsequently spent 4 more years at Baragwanath and obtained the FCP exam in 1979. Then moved to Groote Schuur Hospital where he has been engaged in a full-time academic post with research, teaching (undergraduates and post-graduates) commitments as well as clinics in general medicine and Rheumatology. Doctoral thesis (MD) on Osteoporosis in rheumatoid arthritis at the University of Cape Town in 1989.
Research interests include osteoporosis in rheumatic diseases, disease activity and disability assessment in rheumatoid arthritis, monitoring of disease modification in rheumatoid arthritis, toxicity profiles of slow-acting anti-rheumatic drugs, NSAID gastropathy and mechanisms of bone loss in rheumatic diseases.
Currently, Retired (Emeritus) Professor of Rheumatology at University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.