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COSECSA President

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.

COSECSA Vice President

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 Treasurer.  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.

COSECSA Secretary General

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.

COSECSA Assistant Secretary General

Prof. Laston Chikoya  BSc, MBChB, MMed Surgery,MD Neurosurgery, FCS, IFAANS

Prof. Chikoya is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (administration) of the newly created Levy Mwanawasa Medical University in Lusaka, Zambia. He has been on the COSECSA Council since 2007. He served as Country Representative and is also the immediate past Chair of the Education, Scientific and Research Committee. Currently he is the Assistant Secretary General of COSECSA as well as the Inaugural and Current Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board of College of Surgeons for East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Prof. Chikoya is a member of the Editorial Board, East and Central Africa Journal of Surgery. He is the immediate past Panel Head (program director) for Neurosurgery training in the ECSA region of 14 African Countries. He is also the immediate past president of the Surgical Society of Zambia.

COSECSA Registrar

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.

COSECSA Education, Scientific and Research Committee - Chair

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.

COSECSA Examinations and Credentials Committee - Chair

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.

COSECSA Finance and General Purpose Committee - Chair

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.

COSECSA Treasurer

Dr Kitugi Samwel Nungu MD. Dip Trop Medicine – Cuba, MMed. Phd Othop. Dip Epid and Biostat.- Sweden. FCS (ECSA)

Dr Nungu is a Lecturer at Muhimbili University and a Consultant at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute 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 of COSECSA in Tanzania and Panel Head Orthopaedics  – COSECSA.

COSECSA 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.

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Dr Hanna Getachew

Dr Dereje Gulilat

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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. Mathenge Nduhiu

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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

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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.

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Celestine B Mbangtang. MBBS(Ibadan); DA(Ibadan); MMed(Surgery) Zimbabwe; FRCS(Edinburgh); FCS(ECSA); FICS.

General Surgeon with interest in Breast & Endocrine Surgery; Pain Management and Palliative Care. University of Namibia. He represents Namibia on the COSECSA council and examines on behalf of the college.

Dr Akutu Munyika

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Dr Georges Ntakiyiruta

Dr Emmy Nkusi

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Dr Frederick Tawad

Prof Mayen Achiek MBBS,FRCS(Ed),FCS

Prof. Mayen Machut Achiek is the Associate Professor of Surgery, Senior Consultant Surgeon (General & Gastro-intestinal ), Dean College of Medicine University of Juba, Deputy Chairman South Sudan General Medical Council and he is also the Vice President for Academic Affairs the College of Physicians & Surgeons of South Sudan.

His main area of experience is colo-rectal surgery (Gastro-intestinal Surgery). He can perform major colonic resections, right and left hemicolectomies,Subtotal and proctocolectomies, anterior excision of rectum, APR &stomas. On a specialist level curve with advanced pelvic floor surgery. Also have a specialist experience with laparoscopic colorectal surgery, Can perform laparoscopic procedures; e.g Cholecystectomies,appendicectomies Lap. Stomas, lap. Assisted colectomies and general diagnostic laparoscopies.

Prof. Mayen represents South Sudan on COSECSA on council and examines on behalf of the college.

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Dr. Paul Kisanga

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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 Kiryabwire

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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. Seke Kazuma

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Mr Kuseweni Nduku 

Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango

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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

 Dr. Steve Mannion