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
David Nekyon, MBChB, DA, MMed, FCA (ECSA)
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.
Vitalis Mung’ayi, MBChB, MMed(Anaes), FICM(SA), FCA(ECSA)
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.
Dorothy Kamya, BSc. MBBS, FRCA, MSc (Medical Education)
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.
Rajpreet Bal, M.D.,
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.
Thikra Sharif, MBChB
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, MBChB, MMed
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.
Wangari Siika, MBChB, MMed(Anaes), FRCA (UK), EDIC
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.
Samina Mir, MBBS,
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.
David Odaba, MBChB, MMed, FICM
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.
Gilbert Mwaka, MBChB, MMed, FIPM
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.
Angela Ongewe, MBChB, MMed (Anaes), FAPCA (SA)
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.
George Njogu (Neurosurgical Anaesthesiologist)
Vibha Patel (Obstetric Anaesthesiologist)
Alan Kisia (Cardiac Anaesthesiologist)