Anaesthesia Faculty

We have a strong faculty who bring to the department a wealth of experience having trained in some of the best centres in the world. Faculty expertise ranges from clinical excellence to medical education. They actively participate in regional policy development in anaesthesiology including leadership in the Institute of Educational Development, Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists and the newly launched Kenya Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Full time Faculty

Lance Photo.jpgProf Marcus Lancé​​, MD, PhD

Prof Marcus Lancé is the Chair, Department of Anaesthesia at Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. After studying medicine at the Berlin Free University Medical School and the Charité (1991-1997), Germany, Dr. Marcus Lancé specialized in Anesthesiology at the Kliniken Maria-Hilf, Mönchengladbach, and the RWTH-Aachen University Hospital (1997-2001). Directly hereafter he continued with an ICU fellowship. 

Dr. Lancé moved 2004 to Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and gained a high degree of experience in cardiac anesthesiology. In 2006 he went to Maastricht University Medical Center+ where he became head of the sub-department of cardiothoracic anesthesia. 

Since 2010 Dr. Lancé developed his research in the field of coagulation and hemostasis. The use of laboratory assays for optimization of patient treatment algorithms covered his PhD thesis which he defended in 2013. Next to several diagnostic tests his group developed a mock circulation model which investigated coagulation patterns during extracorporeal circulation.

In January 2017 Dr. Lancé became head of research and vice chair of the Department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar and associate Professor at Well-Cornell-Medical College, Qatar. Since December 2019 he is full clinical Professor for Anesthesiology at Qatar University.

Dr. Lancé (co-)authored more than 90 scientific papers among which the European guideline on perioperative bleeding, the European guideline on perioperative venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and the Dutch guidelines on management of anticoagulation during regional anesthesia.  

Edited 5.jpgDavid Nekyon, MBChB, DA, MMed, FCA (ECSA)
Assistant Professor

Dr Nekyon holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery degree as well as a Masters of Medicine in Anaesthesia degree both from Makerere University, Uganda. He is a founding fellow of the college of Anaesthesiologists of East Central and Southern Africa (CANECSA) and was a past chairman of their examinations committee. He did  his  sub-specialty Fellowship in Cardiac Anaesthesia from the  University of  the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Dr Nekyon is an active clinician with focus on anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery, Urology, ENT, Thoracics and cardiac patients presenting for non cardiac surgery. He runs a busy preoperative anaesthesia assessment clinic and also provides sedation primarily to children undergoing procedures like MRI scans and endoscopy.

His current research interests include clinical audits, spinal anatomy and patient safety in the perioperative period. His teaching interests include basic sciences, anaesthesia equipment, pre operative assessment and cardiac anaesthesia.

Dr Nekyon is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

Edited 4.jpgVitalis Mung’ayi, MBChB, MMed(Anaes), FICM(SA), FCA(ECSA)
Associate Professor

Dr  Mung'ayi holds  a  Bachelors  of  Medicine,  Bachelor  of  Surgery  and   a Master of  Medicine  in   Anaesthesia from the  University of  Nairobi. He  was the pioneering residency program-training director for the department of Anaesthesiology-AKU from 2004 to  2008 when he  was appointed the  Chair of the  department a position he served in up  to 2015.

He did  his certificate in Intensive Care  Medicine from the  University of Tel Aviv in Israel  in 2002, and  thereafter a Fellowship in Intensive Care  Medicine from the  University of the  Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2006.

Dr  Mung’ayi  practice  areas of  interest  are  in  perioperative care, medical simulation, intensive care medicine, medical education and research.

Dr Mung'ayi is also a ​Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

Edited 6.jpgDorothy Kamya, BSc. MBBS, FRCA, MSc (Medical Education)
Assistant Professor

Dr Kamya is currently the Director, Postgraduate Medical Education Directorate, Aga Khan University and a Consultant Anaesthetist at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

She obtained her Master’s degree in Medical Education from Cardiff University in June 2011. She completed her undergraduate medical degree at University College School  of  Medicine, London  and   became a  fellow of  the   Royal College of  Anaesthetists, FRCA (UK)  in  May  2003.  She  is  also  a  Fellow of the  Higher Education Academy FHEA  (UK) and  a member of the  Association for  the  Study of  Medical Education  (ASME). Her  specific areas of  practice include ENT  and  maxillofacial anaesthesia. 

Dr Kamya  is actively involved in training postgraduate specialist doctors. She oversees the postgraduate specialist medical training at  University Hospital Nairobi and  faculty development initiatives in Nairobi & Dar es Salaam. She recently participated in and completed the inaugural Harvard Kennedy’s School Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa.

Dr Kamya is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE​

Dr Bal.jpgRajpreet Bal, M.D.,
Assistant Professor ​​

Dr Bal  graduated from Northeastern Universities College of Medicine in 2002 with a Doctorate in Medicine, and  Bachelors Degree in Combined Sciences. She joined Anesthesiology training program at New York University, New York, and  graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Anaesthesiology. 

Thereafter, she  completed her  Pain  Fellowship training program at Cornell University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and  Hospital for  Special Surgery in 2007, in New York.  She went on to work as an anaesthetist at New York Presbyterian Weill  Cornell Hospital, New York, until  2011.  Following that, she  joined Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi as a consultant Anaesthetist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anaesthesiology.

Her interests include ultrasound guided nerve blocks, obstetric anaesthesia, labour epidurals, joint and spine pain, and cancer pain management. She has a keen interest in medical education and training of anaesthesiology residents in Aga Khan Hospital. She is an active member of American Society of Anaesthesiology, American Society of Regional Anaesthesiology and Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Dr Bal is also a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE​

Dr Thikrar.jpgThikra Sharif, MBChB
Assistant Professor​

Dr Thikra completed her undergraduate degree MBChB in 1987 at Baghdad University, and proceeded with postgraduate studies in anaesthesia MMed in 1991. She   obtained her   Graduate Diploma in Pain   Medicine in 2002, and Master in Pain Medicine (2001-2004), at the University of Sydney-Pain Management and Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital.

In 2005, Dr Thikra pioneered the development of   the   Rhino Model in Pain education in Africa. She  is the  founder of the  first  Multidisciplinary Neuroscience based Pain  Management unit  in  East, Central and  Southern African Region in 2005. In 2009 she took charge of the research activities in the department, and introduced the innovative concept of “Groups-Interested in Pain Research.” 

She has supervised 12 theses of residents undertaking the Masters Programme. In 2008, she pioneered the development, planning and implementation of the multidisciplinary concepts in pain Medicine and research, and established the ADAPT pain management and rehabilitation programs at the AKUH, Nairobi.

Dr Thikra is also a ​Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE​

David Misango.jpgDavid Misango, MBChB, MMed
Assistant Professor

Dr Misango’s area  of expertise spans over  20  years in Critical Care  Medicine and Neuroanaesthesiology. He studied at the University of Nairobi where he  earned both his  MBChB and  MMed in  1993 and  2001 respectively. He worked as a consultant anaesthesiologist and intensivist at Kenyatta National Hospital before joining Aga  Khan University Hospital, Nairobi in 2012.

He  is  currently involved in  a  World  Health Organization  (WHO) initiative to revise the Anaesthesia Chapter of the Surgical Care at the District Hospital WHO Handbook.

Dr  Misango is  also  involved in  a  joint  initiative of  the  European Society of Intensive  Care  Medicine  (ESICM) and  Society  of   Critical  Care   Medicine (SCCM) to  train  health care  providers in  rural  Africa in  matters Critical Care Medicine  and   re-defining  the   Surviving  Sepsis  Guidelines  for   Resource Limited Countries.

Dr Misango is also a ​Consultant Anaesthetist and Critical Care Specialist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

Dr Siika.jpgWangari Siika, MBChB, MMed(Anaes), FRCA (UK), EDIC

Assistant Professo



She also possesses critical care and clinical research training from Oxford University and  Harvard Medical School respectively. Her clinical areas of interest include quality of care in resource-limited countries, point-of-care ultrasound and Sepsis. Dr Siika loves baking and singing during her free time.​

Dr Siika is also a Consultant Anaesthetist and Critical Care Specialist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE​

Dr Samina.jpgSamina Mir, MBBS,
Senior Instructor

Dr Mir is a senior instructor in the  Department of  Anaesthesia. She holds a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia with a specialization in Obstetrics Anaesthesia from  the   University  of  Nairobi  and   a  Bachelor  of   Science Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.

Dr Mir has  also  undergone specialist recognition training in Anaesthesia at the University of Western Cape, South Africa and  additional training in sedation. Her clinical areas of interest include obstetrics and regional anesthesia. During her free  time, Dr Mir  loves reading and  cooking.

Dr Mir is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE

Dr Odaba.pngDavid Odaba, MBChB, MMed, FICM
Senior Instructor

Dr  Odaba graduated from the  University of  Nairobi, School of  Medicine in 2005 with an MBChB degree. He  joined Aga  Khan University for  a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology and  graduated in 2013. He then joined the North Cumbria University Hospitals in the  United Kingdom for a 2-year fellowship in Intensive Care  Medicine, which he completed in September 2017.

Dr  Odaba  has  worked  as  Resident consultant  anaesthesiologist and intensivist at The Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu, as well as a Clinical fellow in Intensive Care  Medicine at the  North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK prior to joining Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi as a consultant Anaesthesiologist  and    Intensivist.  His   areas  of   interest  include  Medical Education as  well  as  improving outcomes in critically ill patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

He  is a member of the  European Society of Intensive Care  Medicine, Critical Care Society of Kenya, Royal College of Anaesthetists as well as the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Dr Odaba is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

Edited.jpgGilbert Mwaka, MBChB, MMed, FIPM
Senior Instructor

Dr  Mwaka obtained his  Bachelor of  Medicine, Bachelor of  Surgery from Makerere University in 2000 and  proceeded to pursue his master of medicine in  anaesthesia at  Aga  Khan University which he  achieved in  2010. 

He  later obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Pain  management from the  University of  Sidney in  2013 and  a Master of  Medicine in  Pain  Management from the same university in 2015. His  clinical areas  of  interest  include;  Interventional pain  management procedures of all kinds, psychology of pain with capacity to provide brief psychological  interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Clinical research in pain management.

Dr Mwaka's extracurricular interests are  in awareness of  the  principles and  practices of pain management through education and clinical practice for the medical fraternity and the public and developing collaborations with other Universities in improving pain medicine education and clinical.

Dr Mwaka is also a Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Management Specialist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about him HERE​

ANGELA DIANA AKOTH ONGEWE Final.jpgAngela Ongewe, MBChB, MMed (Anaes), FAPCA (SA)
Senior Instructor
Dr Ongewe holds a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia from the Aga Khan University and a Fellowship in Adult and Paediatric Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

She is a fellow of the College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (CANESCA) and is a member of the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists and the Critical Care Society of Kenya.

Dr Ongewe is an active clinician who provides an array of anaesthesia modalities for a varied case mix spanning a wide range of patient demographics. She also trains postgraduate doctors and has served as a trainer of trainers for Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TOE), Basic and Advanced Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE), the Resuscitation Council of the United Kingdom (European Paediatric Advanced Life Support) and Safe Anaesthesia from Education – Obstetrics (SAFE-OBS).

Her interests include cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia, perioperative medicine including point of care ultrasound, regional anaesthesia, research, medical education and training for clinical teaching with a keen interest in simulation education.

Dr Ongewe is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Read more about her HERE​​

Part-time faculty

  • George Njogu (Neurosurgical Anaesthesiologist)

  • Vibha Patel (Obstetric Anaesthesiologist)​

  • Alan Kisia (Cardiac Anaesthesiologist)