He completed his post-graduate training at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa and qualified as a general surgeon with a Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (F.C.S.) in 1989. He also, subsequently earned a M.Med. degree from the University of Cape Town for his dissertation on gastric mucus in a porcine peptic ulcer model.
The following year he spent as a research fellow in the UCT / MRC Liver Centre, making resin casts of human livers, which he then dissected to study and analyse the blood supply of the intrahepatic bile ducts. During that year he also studied hepatic blood flow after reduced liver transplants in pigs. Read more about Dr Stapleton.