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

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

Dr Nekyon is the Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia. He 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.

Apart from his administrative duties, 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.


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

Dr  Mungayi 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.


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 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 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.


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

Assistant Professor


Dr Siika is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia. She obtained her  Bachelor of  Medicine, Bachelor of  Surgery from the  University of  Nairobi and  a Master of  Medicine in Anaesthesia from the  Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK. 

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 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 Odaba.pngDavid Odaba, MBChB, MM
ed, 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.


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.

Part-time faculty

  • George Njogu (Neurosurgical Anaesthesiologist)

  • Vibha Patel (Obstetric Anaesthesiologist)​

  • Alan Kisia (Cardiac Anaesthesiologist)