COSECSA Council at 2017 AGM-Mozambique


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; President, College of Surgeons , East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA); 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 General, Vice President and at present he is the  President 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.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.


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.


Dr Laston Chikoya  BSc, MBChB, MMed Surgery,MD Neurosurgery, FSC, IFAANS

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.


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.


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.


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

Prof Bekele is the Chair of the Examinations and Credentials Committee. He is the Founding Dean of Health Sciences for the University of Global Health Equity based in Rwanda. Initially, Prof Bekele served as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and as a 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 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.


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 Hanna Getachew

Dr Dereje Gulilat


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 Michael Mwachiro MBCHB, FCS (ECSA)

Dr Mwachiro is a COSECSA Country Representative for Kenya. He is a Consultant General Surgeon and also Director of Endoscopy services at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet. He is a surgical instructor and faculty for the Tenwek PAACS/COSECSA Surgery training program. He is also a council member of the Surgical Society of Kenya (SSK) and is chair of the Scientific and Research Committee. He has active research interest in early detection, treatment and palliation of oesophageal cancer.


Dr 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,he is a lecturer at Malawi College of Medicine, Lilongwe campus. 

He is a  COSECSA Country representatove of  Malawi and the President Surgeons Association of Malawi

Dr Tiyamike Chilunjika


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.


Dr Celestine Mbangtang

Dr Akutu Munyika



Dr Georges Ntakiyiruta

Dr Emmy Nkusi



Dr Frederick Tawad

Prof Mayen Achiek


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 Joel Kiyabwire


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. Alex Makupe


Mr Kuseweni Nduku 

Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango



Professor Sherry M Wren MD, FACS, FCS(ECSA)

Prof Wren is Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery and  Director of Global Surgery at the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University.  She completed general surgery and hepatobiliary training and is a board certified surgeon with interest in gastrointestinal cancer surgery and surgical robotics.  She has served on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors Executive Committee and the Advisory Council for General Surgery.  She currently is active on four editorial boards: JAMA Surgery, World Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, and Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques.  In addition, Prof Wren is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Neurosciences and Trauma at the Blizard Institute within Barts Cancer Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London


Robert Lane MS FRCS Eng, FRCS Ed (ad.hom), FACS, FWACS (Hon), FCS (ECSA)

Mr. Robert Lane is a retired Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, UK and has been involved in surgical education and training in both East and West Africa over the past 19 years. He currently sits on Council for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa and is an Examiner for General Surgery. He was the Rahima Dawood Travelling Fellow for the Association of Surgeons of East Africa in 2008. He is President of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges, Assistant Treasurer of The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma & Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance), Programme Director for International Development & Past President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland and Honorary Surgical Advisor to the Tropical Health & Education Trust in the UK.



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