Advisory Board

The GPAS advisory board is comprised of representatives from GPAS partners, which include universities, foundations, and other organizations working toward a similar mission.

Joseph Tindimwebwa, MB BS bio
Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesia
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Gerald Dubowitz, MBCHb    bio
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesia
University of California at San Francisco

Paul Firth, MBChB    bio
Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain
Massachusetts General Hospital

Alex Emmanuel Elobu, MD    bio
General Surgeon
Department of Surgery
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Josaphat Byamugisha, MBChB, PhD    bio
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Samuel Kaggwa, MB BS    bio
Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Nathan O’Hara    bio
Program Coordinator
Department of Orthopedics
The University of British Columbia

Anthony Roche, MBCHb    bio
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
The University of Washington

Stephen Ttendo, MBChB    bio
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital

John Sekabira, MBChB
Paediatric Surgeon
Department of Surgery
Mulago Hospital

Jacqueline Mabweijano, MB BS bio
Professor, Director of Casualty Department
Department of Surgery,
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Cephas Mijumbi , MB BS    bio
Department of Anesthesia
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Doruk Ozgediz, MD, MSc    bio
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatrics
Yale University

Titus Beyeza, MBCHb    bio
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopedics
Mulago Hospital, Makerere University

Michael Lipnick, MD    bio
Clinical Fellow
Department of Anesthesia
University of California at San Francisco

Felicia Lester, MD    bio
Attending Physician
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California at San Francisco

Piotr Blachut, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)    bio
Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopedics
University of British Columbia

Sudha Jayaraman, MD, MSc    bio
Assistant Prof Surgery
Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery & Critical Care
Virginia Commonwealth University

Meg Autry, MD    bio
Residency Director
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California at San Francisco



Joseph Tindimwebwa, MB BS

Dr. Tindimwebwa trained at Mulago Hospital in Anesthesia. Currently he is Professor of Anesthesia at Makerere University and former Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at Mulago Hospital (Kampala, Uganda).

Dr. Tindimwebwa is a founding member of GPAS and has been instrumental in planning projects to expand anesthesia capacity in Uganda.

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Titus Beyeza, MBChB

Dr Beyeza Tito is currently the Head of the Orthopaedics Department at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala Uganda.  He holds Masters Degree in Orthopaedics Surgery (China Medical University 1996) and is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with Uganda’s Ministry of Health.

Dr. Beyeza is also a board member on National Drug Authority. Recently, Dr. Beyeza has been instrumental in taking lead in addressing the current epidemic of orthopaedic trauma in Uganda from road traffic crashes. His interests include promoting the training of orthopaedic surgeons and medical students and his clinic practice involves both arthroplasty and paediatric orthopaedics.

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Gerald Dubowitz, MBChB

Dr. Gerald Dubowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at University of California, San Francisco, where he works at the UCSF Medical center and Mt Zion Hospitals. He trained in the United Kingdom, graduating from St Andrews University in Scotland and subsequently Manchester University Medical School in England. He left the UK in 1997 and arrived in the Bay Area two and a half years later by way of Nepal and New Zealand, The South Pacific and a few places in between.

Dr. Dubowitz has had long term interest in work in the developing world, since first working in Kenya in 1988. As well as several trips to Nepal he has worked in the South Pacific and Africa. In addition to clinical anesthesiology, he is currently pursuing his research interests in both High Altitude Physiology, and separately anesthesia and peri-operative care in the developing world. At this time he is involved in a collaboration between the Department Anesthesia at UCSF and the surgical sub-specialties to coordinate overseas peri-operative care. He is especially interested in the establishment of teaching programs for anesthesia in Africa and improvement of the delivery of peri-operative services. He is a founder and current Co Director of GPAS.

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Josaphat Kayogoza Byamugisha, MBChB, PhD

As Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital, I have been on top of programmes for improving medical education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, clinical and reproductive health research, and am conversant with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have led several research projects on reproductive health in Uganda. In the 1995, I was selected and attended the infection prevention (IP) training at JHPIEGO in Baltimore, Mary land. This training opened my gateway to educational training because it involved clinical training skills (CTS). The same year I did advanced clinical training skills by JHPIEGO and this time in Nyeri Kenya. I have since taken on training undergraduate and graduate students. I have supervised in country and international students to completion at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Because of this continued interest, FAIMER fellow at the highly completive FAIMER institute in Philadelphia, am currently in the second year. Dr. Kayogoza has been active in international collaborative projects for many years and joined the GPAS advisory board in 2012 to help further develop OB/GYN focused efforts.

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Paul Firth, MBChB

Dr.Firth is a pediatric anesthesiologist in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) with an interest in humanitarian work and global health.

Dr. Firth has worked in Uganda at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to provide academic support and training for Ugandan providers, rather than simply clinical care for patients. Given the overlapping interest and success of his projects at MUST, Dr. Firth and his team from MUST and MGH joined the GPAS collaboration in 2012 to share experiences and expertise as part of the GPAS Advisory Panel.

His main areas of academic interest include anesthesia during disaster relief and in low income settings (global health); clinical aspects of pediatric anesthesia, and high-altitude physiology.

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Doruk Ozgediz, MD, MSc

Dr. Doruk Ozgediz is currently a professor in pediatric surgery at Yale University after recently completing Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate work at Harvard before pursuing medical school and a residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He has also obtained a masters degree in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

During residency Doruk was actively involved in establishing the global health residency program for the Surgery Department at UCSF and made several trips to teach and work abroad while in training. After completing residency, Doruk co-founded GPAS and moved to Uganda to teach and work full-time at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

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Alex Emmanuel Elobu, MD

IMG-20140608-WA0002 copyDr Elobu is a former GPAS Scholar and Senior Scholar and is currently a Surgeon on the Colorectal Surgical Unit at Mulago National Referral Hospital and lecturer at the Makerere University college of Health Sciences. He holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Masters of Medicine in Surgery of Makerere University and the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa. He is involved in patient care, surgical training at under and postgraduate level and research.  His research interests are in surgical oncology especially colorectal and breast cancer, surgical training and education.  He is the Secretary to the Association of Surgeons of Uganda and is involved in the advocacy for improvement of surgical care for all Ugandans.

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Sudha Jayaraman, MD, MSc

Dr. Sudha Jayaraman completed her general surgery training at UCSF in 2011 and  training in trauma and critical care at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

During her residency at UCSF Sudha obtained an MPH and helped design and implement the GPAS prehospital project in Kampala. Sudha is currently working to implement a similar prehospital program in Rwanda.

Sudha is a founding member of GPAS with specific interest in trauma and injury disease burden research.

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Sam Kaggwa, MB BS 

Dr. Sam Kaggwa is a Senior Lecturer and current Head of Department of Surgery Mulago/Makerere College of Health Sciences.

On completing his training in surgery in 1990, Dr. Kaggwa joined the Urology unit at Mulago Hospital. He had additional training in Urology at KCMI Moshi Tanzania in 1992. Dr. Kaggwa’s academic interests lie in teaching and supervising residents, while his clinical interests are mainly in the urology related clinical areas.

Dr. Kaggwa is a founding member of GPAS.

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Felicia Lester, MD

Dr. Lester is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn & RS at UCSF and is the first faculty hire in the area of Global Women’s Health. Dr. Lester completed medical school in the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program and stayed at UCSF for her residency in Ob/Gyn & RS. She then went on to be the first dual fellow in Family Planning and Global Women’s Health at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Her interests lie in improving global health education for residents and medical students, health systems strengthening, improving and expanding training in obstetrics and gynecology globally, reducing maternal mortality, fistula prevention and care, and family planning. She has gained extensive experience working clinically and conducting research with collaborators at Mulago Hospital and Makerere University. Along with her collaborators there, she helped build a research team and small research center within the Department of Ob/Gyn at Mulago Hospital in order to conduct a study on post-cesarean IUD insertion. Helping to train the team, mentoring from afar and locally during research visits, and seeing the passion of the study team and the interest on the part of the hospital staff in general was an inspiring experience and bolstered her dedication to continue to work in this area at Mulago.

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Michael Lipnick, MD

Dr. Michael Lipnick is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and completed residency programs in Internal Medicine training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Anesthesia Residency at UCSF.

While spending time working in Uganda during medical school, Michael became interested in perioperative and trauma care in low-income countries. After graduating from medical school he postponed residency and returned to Uganda where he helped co-found GPAS and implement several ongoing initiatives.

Michael is currently pursuing additional training in critical care with plans to continue to work in global health with a focus on perioperative and trauma care in low-income countries.

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Jackie Mabweijano, MB BS

Dr. Jackie Mabweijano is a faculty member of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences and former head of the Accident and Emergency Department at Mulago Hospital.

Jackie has been on the board of directors for GPAS since helping to found the group in 2006.

Jackie is formerly trained in general surgery and has completed additional trauma training in South Africa. She currently works at Mulago Hospital and actively pursues research and education initiatives focusing on trauma systems and prehospital care.

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Cephas Mijumbi, MB BS

Dr. Cephas Mijumbi has been a faculty member of the Department of Anaesthesia at Makerere University’s Mulago Hospital and Medical School since 1989. Originally from Uganda, he completed his education at Makerere University with additional training in cardiac anesthesia and critical care in numerous places including Muhimbili and Kilimanjaro Medical Centers, Germany, and Italy.

Dr. Mijumbi practices full-time as an anesthesiologist at Mulago Hospital and is a professor at Makerere Medical School. His current interests lie in Perioperative/Anesthesia safety, trauma care, cardiac anesthesia, and developing education and training programs for anesthesiologists relevant for low-income countries.

He has been a member of GPAS since it’s inception in 2006 an currently is actively involved in several GPAS projects including the prehospital trauma initiative and the biomedical project.

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Piotr Blachut, MD

Dr. Piotr Blachut is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia.   He has over 25 years of teaching and clinical experience with the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at Vancouver General Hospital.

In 2008, Dr. Blachut co-founded the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program (USTOP) with colleagues Dr. Peter O’Brien and Dr. Trevor Stone.  USTOP is a collaboration between Makerere Universityand the University of British Columbia to reduce disability caused by neglected Orthopaedic Trauma in Uganda.

 Dr. Blachut formally joined the GPAS Advisory Board in 2012.

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Nathan O’Hara

Nathan O’Hara is a program coordinator at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. Nathan has been involved in coordinating UBC’s Ugandan academic collaborations in orthopaedic trauma, clubfoot treatment, plastic surgery, ENT surgery, pediatric general surgery and anesthesia.

Prior to working with UBC, Nathan co-founded the Friends of Rusinga Orphans Foundation, a charitable organization created to support female education and food security for orphaned children in Western Kenya.

Nathan joined the GPAS team in 2011 and has been instrumental in forming the partnership between GPAS, USTOP and Makerere. He is currently completing a Masters in Health Administration at UBC.

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Tony Roche MBChB

Dr. Tony Roche is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Washington in Seattle. Tony has been collaborating with the Department of Anesthesia at Mulago Hospital since 2009.

Tony joined the GPAS collaboration in 2010 and remains active in Uganda in several areas of research and education including obstetric anesthesia and regional techniques. Tony has also been working closely with the Mulago ICU on several nursing education projects.

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Meg Autry MD

Dr. Meg Autry is an obstetrician and gynecologist at the UCSF Women’s Health Center. She received her medical training at Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF. She is also the director of the UCSF Obstetrics and Gynecology residency-training program. Meg has been collaborating with the Department of Ob/Gyn at Mulago Hospital for over five years.

Meg has been instrumental in establishing the ob/gyn component of the GPAS collaboration and remains active in Uganda in several areas of research and education.

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Ttendo, Stephen S. MBChB

Dr. Ttendo is an Anesthesiologist at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Mbarara in south-western Uganda. He was one of the first Ugandan physicians to specialize in anesthesia in Uganda and is now head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, where he established an anaesthesia physician residency program (one of two functioning anesthesia residency programs in Uganda). He has worked closely with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, McMaster University in Canada, and Harvard University, USA, to develop an academic anesthesia training and research program that is a national center of excellence.

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