COSECSA Council at 2015 AGM-Malawi


Dr. Milliard Derbew MD FRCS

Dr. Miliard Derbew is a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and was elected President of COSECSA in December 2015.  Dr. Derbew received his MD (1987) and Specialty Certificate in Surgery (1993) from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University. He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery (1998) at Tel Aviv University and the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2007). Dr Derbew served as Assistant Professor from 1998-2009 and was Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery from 2009.  He has served as Chief Executive Officer (with a rank of Vice President) for the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University (2009 -2011) and was Dean of the School of Medicine (2007-2009).  He also currently serves as Project Director for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative project for Ethiopia. He was previously served as Country Representative for the Surgical Society of Ethiopia and Vice-President of COSECSA. He is a Member of the Office of International Surgery (University of Toronto, 2006). Dr Derbew has published widely.


Prof Pankaj G. Jani,M.B.Ch.B., M. Med., FRCPS, FCS (ECSA).

Pankaj G. Jani is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon with Firm 1 General surgery, Kenyatta National Hospital; Vice President, College of Surgeons , East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA); Chairman, Senate ECSA – College of Health Sciences; Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Interim Board of Directors. G4 Alliance (Baltimore Maryland)

Dr. Jani graduated from University of Nairobi, and after his residency was awarded a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to train in HPB surgery and G.I. Endoscopy at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Dr. Jani’s expertise is in Hepato – Pancreatico - Biliary and Laparoscopy Surgery, and therapeutic G.I. Endoscopy. Has been part of the team instrumental in setting up of Laparoscopic Surgery and G.I. Endoscopy in Kenya

Dr. Jani has been extensively involved with Surgical Training and Health Systems Strengthening in 17 countries in the East Central and Southern Africa region. Dr. Jani was a founder member, then council member and head of General Surgery, then Chair of the Examinations and Credentials committee for 6 years followed by promotion to the Secretary Generaland at present is the Vice President(president elect) of COSECSA. Dr. Jani has travelled widely both in Africa and abroad with the aim of improving Surgical Training and care of the surgical patients in Africa.


Prof Eric Borgstein

Prof. Eric Borgstein is a pediatric surgeon, educator, and leader. For over 20 years, he has worked in Malawi increasing local surgical capacity through education and training. He is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Malawi College of Medicine and consultant Pediatric surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was instrumental in setting up its current surgical postgraduate training program. Prof. Borgstein is heavily involved in medical student, clinical officer, and intern and surgical resident training. He was previously the Chair of Examinations and Credientials Committee on the COSECSA and directs one of the few training programs in Pediatric surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prof. Borgstein is currently working on the COST-Africa project which is an EU FP7 research grant studying surgical training of nonphysician clinicians in Malawi and Zambia.


Prof Alex M. Buteera

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon main interest is Spine and joint replacement, occasionally severe trauma. Trained in Makerere University, Uganda and graduated with MBCHB in 1994.Worked in Rwanda and later specialized in Orthopedic Surgery in the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg from 2000 to 2006 and become a FC ORTH ( SA) from College of Medicine of South Africa. He rose through the ranks of Consultant, Director and later CEO of National Referral Hospital. Following this, he provided training to residents of University of Rwanda and COSECSA. Prof Buteera has served as Secretary General of Rwanda Surgical Society, COSECSA Country Representative from 2007-2012 and present Assistant Secretary General of COSECSA.


Prof Krikor Erzingatsian FRCSI; Honorary FCS(ECSA)

Professor of Surgery at the University of Zambia where he is the MSc Anatomy Coordinator and the COSECSA Honorary Registrar. His interests are Surgical Oncology. Prof Erzingatsian was formerly HOD Surgery UNZA, President COSECSA, Registrar/CEO COSECSA. He served as External Examiner F.R.C.S. (Section B)1998; Overseas Examiner AFRCSI- PART III 2003,Belfast; Examiner FCS(ECSA)  and Examiner MMed Surgery UNZA.


Dr Laston Chikoya

Dr Chikoya is Chairman of the Education, Scientific and Research Committee. He served as Country Representative on the Council for four years before being elected to the Executive Committee. He is Clinical Director and Consultant Neurosurgeon at the University Teaching Hospital, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Zambia. He is also President of the Surgical Society of Zambia.


Dr Abebe Bekele MD, FCS (GS), Specialty in General Surgery, Subspecialty in Thoracic Surgery

Dr Bekele is the Chair of the Examinations and Credentials Committee. Dr Bekele serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and currently Dean of the School of Medicine. He was the first Visiting Fellow for the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) at the University of Washington USA. He is a former Country Representative for the Ethiopian Surgical Society. 


Dr Robert Issac Mhina

Dr. Mhina is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon currently working with the Muhimbili University (re-engaged after retirement from public service) and the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Former President of the Tanzania Surgical Association. He is an ASEA Fellow and was the ASEA Treasurer until 2007. He is a COSECSA Foundation Fellow and served as the Country Representative for Tanzania 2007 – 2011.  Has been serving as the Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee from 2012 to present.


Dr. Fualal Jane Odubu MbChB, M.MED[surg], FCS [ECSA], Dip. HLM

Senior Consultant Surgeon, Head Breast and Endocrine Surgical Unit at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Past president Asscociation of Surgeons of Uganda, Current COSECSA Country Representative Uganda.  Hon. Lecturer Department of Surgery. Awarded Model of Excellence by FAWE-U, and Community Service by Rotary Club of Luzira Kampala. Special Interest in Endocrine Surgery. Member of International Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Journal Editor

Prof Ignatius Kakande

Prof. Ignatius Kakande is a Senior Consultant and Professor of Surgery at Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda. He previously served as Professor of Surgery at the University of Rwanda and lectured at Makerere University, Uganda and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Kakande is Editor-in-Chief of the East and Central African Journal of Surgery.

Council Country Representatives


Prof Gabriel Ndayisaba

Prof Ndaysisaba is a General Surgeon based at University Hospital Kamenge. Bujumbura, Burundi. He is the COSECSA Country Representative for Burundi.

Dr Venerand Barendegere

Dr Venerand is a specialised general surgeon practicing in Burundi. He is Brigadier General of Burundi Army working at KAMENGE Military Hospital. He is a fellow of COSECSA and Country representative in COSECSA. He is vice President of Burundian Surgical Association since 2007.He has served for the most of his time in the army at different levels of command.


Dr Andualem Deneke

Dr Deneke studied undergraduate medicine at Gondar college of medical sciences and  postgraduate studies in General and Urology Surgery at School of medicine, Addis Ababa University.  He became a Country Representative of COSECSA for Ethiopia in 2013.

Dr Dereje Gulilat


Prof Russell White MD, MPH, FACS, FCS(ECSA)

Prof. White is the chief of surgery and general surgery residency program director at Tenwek Hospital.  He attended medical school at the University of Michigan, obtained a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, received his general surgery training at Brown University, and his cardiothoracic surgical training at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England.  He has served as a country representative for Kenya since 2011, and has served as the panel head for the MCS examination since 2014.  He is a professor of surgery at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in the USA.  His special interests include cancer of the esophagus and rheumatic heart disease.

Dr Andrew Kiarie Ndonga MB CHB MMed (University of Nairobi). FCS-ECSA, FICS (Fellow International College of Surgeons)

Dr Ndonga is COSECSA Country Representative for Kenya. He is a Consultant General and Gastro/Endoscopic Surgeon in Private Practice. He is a Member at the Kenya Medical Association (KMA); Treasurer of the Surgical Society of Kenya (SSK) and Secretary, Kenya Catholic Doctors Association.


Dr Wakisa Mulwafu

Dr Mulwafu trained as an ENT Surgeon at the University of Cape Town. He works as an ENT Surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and as a Senior Lecturer in the College of Medicine, Malawi. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from August 2013 to March 2015. He has been COSECSA Country Representative for Malawi since 2009.


Carlos Gomes Varela MBBS , FCS-SA, FCS(ECSA)

Dr Valera is a head of the Surgery Department at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe Malawi where he has been in involved in clinical, academic training and administrative responsibilities.


Dr Prem Yohannan MBBS, MS(Orthopaedic Surgery), FCS(ECSA)

Prem Yohannan studied at the Armed Forces Medical College, University of Pune, India, from where he completed his MBBS degree in 1996. After a couple of years working as a general practitioner, he did his Masters in Orthopaedic Surgery at the King George's Medical College, Lucknow. At the turn of the millennium, he volunteered to work in Mozambique. He currently works for the Ministry of Health, Government of Mozambique as a senior Specialist Surgeon and Director of Post-graduate Medical Education in Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma. His interests are in Joint Replacements and Trauma surgery. He represents Mozambique on the COSECSA Council and examines on behalf of the College.

Dr. Antonio luis Assis da Costa, Medic de Clinical Generala si Master al stincelor Medice (MCG-MSM), MMed( OrthopeadicSurgeon), FCS(ECSA)

António L.Assis da Costa studied at Carol DaVila University inBucharest-Romania, from where he completed his MBBS degree in 1994. He did his MMed in Orthopeadics and Traumatology inthe year 2000 in Mozambique, since when he has worked at the Maputo Central Hospital as a specialist in Orthopaedic surgery.He is involved in both under- and post graduate training at theEduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. He is Head of Departament of Orthopeadics at Maputo Central Hospital since2012.  He is a senior member of Beareu of health at the Ministryof Health. He was head of Emergency Departament at HCMfrom 2005 to 2012. He has an  active interest in generalOrthopaedic Trauma. He represents Mozambique on the COSECSA council and examines on behalf of the college.


Prof Emile Rwamasirabo

Prof Rwamasirabo completed his residency in general surgery and fellowship in urology at the University of Lille (France) and then fellowship in surgical oncology at Lille Cancer Centre (France). He taught and practiced urology in Makerere Medical School (Uganda) and the National University of Rwanda. He was the Rector of the National University of Rwanda then Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Japan and currently the CEO of King Faisal Hospital Rwanda and Professor of urology at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda. He is COSECSA Council Member and Urology head panel of examiners.

Dr Georges Ntakiyiruta



Dr Kitugi Samwel Nungu MD. Dip Trop Medicine - Cuba, MMed. Phd Othop. Dip Epid and Biostat.- Sweden. FCSECA

Dr Nungu is a Lecturer at Muhimbili University and a Consultant at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute Dar es Salaam. Tanzania. Dar es Salaam. Tanzania. He was an active ASEA fellow then became a founding COSECSA fellow. He is sitting President Tanzania Orthopaedic Association; Past President Tanzania Surgical Association and Currently Country Representative - Tanzania and Head Orthopaedics Panel – COSECSA.

Dr Paul Marealle


Dr Johashaphat Jombwe MBCHB

Dr. Jombwe Josephat MBCHB 1992, Makerere University, Kampala. M MED Surgery Makerere University 2000. Breast and Endocrine Surgeons, 2000 - 2012. Formerly General Secretary  and Treasurer of the Association of Surgeons of Uganda  ( ASOU). Currently Chair, and Head of Colorectal Surgery, Mulago National Refferal and teaching hospital. Honorary lecturer Makerere University College of Health Sciences.  President of the Association of Surgeons of Uganda  (ASOU.) COSECSA Fellow by election (FCS-ECSA). COSECSA Country Representative for Uganda  and COSECSA Council Member. My interest is Endocrine, Breast and minimum access Colorectal  surgery.

Dr Olivia Kituuka MBChB, MMed, MCS-ECSA, FCS-ECSA

President Association of Surgeons of Uganda,acting Chair Department of Surgery,Lecturer-Makerere University College of  Health Sciences

Working with Upper GI unit with special interest in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy services.


Michael Mbambiko BSc (UNZA), MBChB (UNZA), FCS (ECSA)

Country Rep Zambia.General and Renal Transplant Surgeon, University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Lusaka.Honorary Lecturer in Surgery, University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Medicine.-COSECSA Master trainer.

Working on starting Renal Transplant service in Zambia after doing a 2 year fellowship in Renal Transplantation in England sponsored by the RCSEd.

Dr. Joseph Musowoya

Country Representative for Zambia; a Master Trainer and a member of the Education Scientific and Research Committee of COSECSA. He is the Vice President of the Surgical Society of Zambia working as Consultant Surgeon at Ndola Central Hospital and also as part-time lecturer at Copperbelt University School of Medicine.


Prof.Godfrey Ignatius Muguti  MS(Syd) FCS(ECSA) FRCS(Edin) Hon.FRCS(Eng)

Professor Muguti occupies the Professorial Chair in the department of surgery,College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe .He is also Clinical  Professor of Surgery in the department of surgery,Stanford University School of Medicine,USA and Honorary Clinical Tutor,Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh,UK.He is a Council Member of COSECSA and is Co - Director of the COSECSA - University of Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) Project.He has served as a Commissioner on the Zimbabwe Health Review Commission and Foundation President of the Surgical Society of Zimbabwe.He is past Editor - in - Chief of the Central African Journal of Medicine.His clinical and research interests are in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango


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