Ugandan Physicians Bring Global Health Experience to UH

June 6, 2017

June 2017

To advance global health and understanding of infectious disease, UH welcomed on May 10 a delegation of physician colleagues from Kampala, Uganda. For over 30 years, UH Department of Medicine Chairman Robert Salata, MD, has collaborated with Makere University College of Health Sciences, on research and education to reduce disease prevalence. Currently, the collaboration has more than 100 ongoing clinical trials or observational studies.

Morning report

In a meeting with UH Department of Medicine residents, Moses Kamya, MD, from Uganda, discussed the best approach for identification of life-threatening disease in the returning traveler.  (From left: Robert Salata, MD, Chairman, UH Department of Medicine; Robert Lukande, MBChB, MMed; and Moses Kamya, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD)

The Ugandan delegation, including Charles Ibingira, MbChB, MMed, and Moses Joloba, MBBS, MS, PhD, met UH physicians, including UH Cleveland Medical Center President Daniel I. Simon, MD, and Chief Operating Office Jeffrey H. Peters, MD, and Dr. Salata. The physicians toured UH, Wolstein Research Building and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “The biggest challenge we face is research funding,” says Dr. Ibingira. Dr. Joloba noted another challenge is high patient volume.

UH Cleveland Medical Center President Daniel I Simon, MD, and UH Chief Operating Office Jeffrey Peters, MD, met with the Ugandan physician delegates from Makere University School of Health Sciences on May 11.

The Uganda physicians and Dr. Salata met with donor Victoria Tifft, whose gift established the Victoria Tifft Research Fund for Global Health at University Hospitals. The goal is to provide opportunities for UH Cleveland Medical Center residents and fellows interested in global health to travel to Uganda to work on clinical trials. This bilateral travel also enables Ugandans and Liberians to come to UH to learn, share ideas and engage in research in the areas of infectious disease, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, oncology and endocrinology. 

Uganda physicians with Victoria Tifft

The Ugandan physician delegates met Robert Salata, MD, and toured UH and Case Western Reserve University. (From left: Marla Manning, John L. Johnson, MD; Robert Ssekitoleko, PGCert, MEng, EngD; W. Henry Boom, MD; Janet McGrath, PhD; Robert Lukande, MBChB, MMed; Charles Ibingira, MbChB, MMed; Robert Salata, MD; Moses Kamya, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD; Augustine Tamale, MBA; and Moses Joloba, MBBS, MS, PhD)

In June Dr. Salata will travel to Uganda with donor Roe Green, whose catalytic gift expanded and endowed the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine at UH.

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